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BUSINESS BULLETIN 95 / 2001

Monday 11 June 2001

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-2000 Jackie Baillie: Housing (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees that the Housing (Scotland) Bill be passed.

Supported by: Ms Margaret Curran*

S1M-1998# Cathie Craigie: Forth & Clyde Canal—That the Parliament notes the recent re-opening of the Forth & Clyde Canal; congratulates the British Waterways Board, the Forth & Clyde Canal Society, Falkirk, North Lanarkshire, Glasgow City and West and East Dunbartonshire Councils for working in a co-operative fashion to make this ambitious project a reality; further notes the major boost the re-opening of the canal has given the communities on its banks and looks forward to the augmented leisure facilities being provided along the route of the canal and the economic spin-off that will follow, and further looks forward to the next step in the completion of the project which is the opening of the Falkirk Wheel and the resulting link between the Forth & Clyde and Union Canals.

Supported by: Patricia Ferguson, Bill Butler, Cathy Peattie, Des McNulty

S1M-1997 Dorothy-Grace Elder: Contribution of the Open University to Lifelong Learning—That the Parliament extends its congratulations to the Open University (OU), which has awarded bachelor and postgraduate degrees to over 1,100 students in Scotland this year; acknowledges that 77% of these students attain their degree whilst working full-time; notes that the number of OU graduates has increased by 19% over the last year, illustrating the increasing demand for university level courses and qualifications which are delivered flexibly; believes that the age of OU graduates, which ranges from 22 to 85 with the average age of an OU graduate being 43 illustrates that lifelong learning is a reality in Scotland, and congratulates the 771 graduates who received awards, of which 125 were postgraduate degrees, at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on 5 May 2001.

S1M-1996# Christine Grahame: Residential Home Closures—That the Parliament notes with concern the closure and threatened closure of many residential homes in the voluntary, charitable and private sectors; considers that this is directly attributable to under-funding by local authorities over a period of years; notes that the Church of Scotland, with 34 homes with 900 residents, has an overall running deficit of £1.5 million per annum, with losses last year alone amounting to £3.5 million, and that the spokesman for the Church’s Board of Social Responsibility has stated that the situation is at crisis point, and therefore believes that the Scottish Executive should address this situation immediately.

Supported by: Michael Russell, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Irene McGugan*

S1M-1994 Alasdair Morgan: Protection from Abuse (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Protection from Abuse (Scotland) Bill.

S1M-1992 Mr Jim Wallace: Police and Fire Services (Finance) Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Police and Fire Services (Finance) (Scotland) Bill.

Supported by: Angus MacKay, Iain Gray

S1M-1988 Mr Duncan McNeil: IBM: 50 Years in Greenock—That the Parliament notes that June 2001 marks the 50th anniversary in Greenock of the computer firm IBM; notes the considerable role which the firm has played in the economic and social regeneration of the local community; congratulates it on helping to retain Inverclyde’s status as the manufacturing export capital of Scotland, and wishes the plant and its workforce continued success.

Supported by: Trish Godman, Alex Neil, Fiona McLeod, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Nick Johnston

S1M-1987# Michael Russell: Scottish Civic Trust and Buildings at Risk—That the Parliament congratulates the Scottish Civic Trust on its work to highlight buildings at risk in Scotland; notes that the latest edition of the Buildings at Risk Bulletin presents a picture of a nation often careless of its architectural heritage and of the value of its built environment; regrets that significant and valuable buildings are still being demolished but congratulates the Trust and enthusiastic individuals and organisations for saving almost 600 such buildings since 1996, and urges the Scottish Executive to continue to assist and support the Scottish Civic Trust in its valuable work.

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan, Donald Gorrie, Christine Grahame, Alex Neil, Robin Harper, Mr Adam Ingram, Fiona McLeod, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Nora Radcliffe, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Ms Sandra White

S1M-1986 Des McNulty: Action on International Debt—That the Parliament notes the widespread support amongst the people of Scotland for a fair and final resolution of the debt crisis which is devastating many of the world’s poorest countries; acknowledges and welcomes the leading role played by Her Majesty’s government in addressing the crisis; recognises that the progress made could be jeopardised by the impact of HIV/AIDS and adverse economic conditions unless further action is taken by the international community, and urges the leaders of the ‘Group of 8’ countries to consider a new deal on debt at their summit in July which comprises greater and speedier debt relief, includes more countries and is better targeted at meeting the needs of the world’s poor.

Supported by: Donald Gorrie, Mike Watson, Robin Harper, Nora Radcliffe, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Ms Sandra White

S1M-1985 Robert Brown: Parliament Railway Station—That the Parliament notes that the new Parliament building at Holyrood is due to be completed around the end of 2002; further notes the Executive’s commitment to expand quality public transport, and, in light of this, urges that consideration be given to the development of a suitable station convenient for the new Parliament which would serve the needs of visitors to the Parliament, the Palace of Holyrood House and Our Dynamic Earth.

Supported by: Donald Gorrie, Mike Watson, Alex Neil, Robin Harper, Nora Radcliffe

S1M-1984 Margaret Jamieson: Rise and Shine Campaign—That the Parliament congratulates the Kilmarnock Standard and local business people on the "Kilmarnock – Rise and Shine" campaign aimed at the regeneration of Kilmarnock Town Centre; recognises this as a great example of direct community involvement in the promotion of their own community which, along with the £8 million already invested in this area, will produce major economic and social benefits, and commends this community partnership approach to the rest of Scotland.

Supported by: Donald Gorrie, Mrs Mary Mulligan

S1M-1983 Susan Deacon: The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning) (Orkney) (Scotland) Order 2001—That the Health and Community Care Committee recommends that the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning) (Orkney) (Scotland) Order 2001 (SSI 2001/195) be approved.

Supported by: Malcolm Chisholm

S1M-1978# Cathy Jamieson: Dementia Awareness Week, 4-9 June 2001—That the Parliament notes that Dementia Awareness Week is being held from 4 to 9 June 2001; commends the work done by carers across Scotland in caring for friends and family members who suffer from dementia; recognises the work done by South Ayrshire Dementia Support Association in providing a range of services for those suffering dementia, and believes that the Scottish Executive should continue to work towards ensuring that dementia sufferers and their carers have access to appropriate services.

Supported by: Mr Kenneth Gibson, Tommy Sheridan, Trish Godman, Donald Gorrie, Christine Grahame, Alex Neil, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Mr Adam Ingram, Fiona McLeod, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Mr Keith Harding, Ms Sandra White

S1M-1976# Karen Whitefield: National Carers' Week: 11-17 June 2001—That the Parliament pledges its support to National Carers’ Week from 11 to 17 June 2001; acknowledges the huge contribution which carers make to society as the mainstay of care in the community; welcomes the publication of the report from the Scottish Carers’ Legislation Working Group and the ongoing consultation by the Scottish Executive on proposals for carers’ legislation; notes with concern the findings in the Carers’ National Association Scotland research document You can take him home now on carers’ experience of hospital discharge, and urges the Scottish Executive to consider the findings of that document during the formulation of its next Programme for Government and to work with health boards and organisations throughout Scotland to implement the recommendations made in the report and the research document.

Supported by: Mrs Mary Mulligan, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Cathie Craigie, Kate MacLean, Elaine Thomson, Mr Frank McAveety, Patricia Ferguson, Margaret Jamieson, Dr Richard Simpson, Trish Godman, Mr Michael McMahon, Marilyn Livingstone, Karen Gillon, Bill Butler, Mike Watson, Maureen Macmillan, Mr Andy Kerr, Helen Eadie, Janis Hughes, Mr Duncan McNeil, Hugh Henry, Cathy Jamieson, Scott Barrie, Cathy Peattie, Irene Oldfather, Des McNulty, Donald Gorrie, Alex Neil, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Nora Radcliffe, Ms Sandra White, Bristow Muldoon

S1M-1971# Hugh Henry: Scotland CAN (Cleaner Air Now)—That the Parliament welcomes the first anniversary of the launch of Scotland CAN, an organisation of over 60 businesses, trade unions, football clubs, medical and children’s charities which supports the campaign to restrict smoking in public places; notes that over half of the businesses in the Scottish leisure industry have no smoking policies in place; further notes that passive smoking is a risk factor in childhood asthma, bronchitis and cot death and that an estimated 30 Scots die each year from lung cancer attributable to passive smoking; acknowledges that the Scientific Committee on Tobacco and Health Report stated that passive smoking causes lung cancer, increases the risk of heart disease and makes asthma worse; supports premises adopting the Voluntary Charter on smoking in public places; further supports the introduction of the Approved Code of Practice on smoking in the workplace with close monitoring of its effectiveness; believes that, if these measures fail, appropriate legislation should be introduced to protect those who do not wish to be harmed by passive smoking in enclosed or semi-enclosed areas open to members of the public and workplaces, and urges the Scottish Executive to highlight the dangers of passive smoking with a public information campaign.

Supported by: Mrs Mary Mulligan, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Mr David Davidson, Robert Brown, Tommy Sheridan, Trish Godman, Alex Neil, Nora Radcliffe

S1M-1970# Miss Annabel Goldie: Endometriosis—That the Parliament notes the debilitating effect which endometriosis has upon many women in Scotland; acknowledges the need for greater awareness of this disease amongst the general public and the medical profession, and encourages greater co-operation between relevant organisations and individuals to facilitate the early diagnosis and treatment of the disorder.

Supported by: Mr Kenneth Gibson, Mr David Davidson, Tommy Sheridan, Alex Neil, David Mundell, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Tricia Marwick, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Nora Radcliffe, Mr Keith Harding, Mr Brian Monteith, Hugh Henry, Bill Aitken, Ms Sandra White

S1M-1969# Irene McGugan: Colour of Scotland's National Flag—That the Parliament notes ongoing concern that the blue background of the St Andrew’s Cross or Saltire, probably the oldest national flag in the world, varies in shade ranging from light blue through dark blue to navy; disputes the argument that the Executive cannot take a view on this matter on the grounds that heraldic responsibility lies with Westminster, since the Lord Lyon King of Arms has been in charge for many centuries of all aspects of heraldry in Scotland; believes that the relevance of heraldry to national flags is questionable not least because there is no heraldic definition of colours, which is why many countries define the colours of their national flag in law; and believes that the Executive should acknowledge that it is entirely appropriate for any modern Parliament to take a view on the proper colour of its national flag and that a legal definition of the Saltire’s colours would be welcomed.

Supported by: Michael Russell, Michael Matheson, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Donald Gorrie, Christine Grahame, Alex Neil, Mr Adam Ingram, Fiona McLeod, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Nora Radcliffe, Ms Sandra White, Dennis Canavan

S1M-1968 Irene McGugan: Verdant Works—That the Parliament notes that Dundee Heritage Trust, the charity which owns Dundee’s leading tourist attractions RRS Discovery and Verdant Works, has been forced into a series of cost cutting exercises and staff redundancies because of continuing decline in the Scottish tourism market and a critical shortfall in revenue support; further notes that the Trust has warned that unless significant additional revenue support can be found it will consider the closure of Verdant Works, the last working jute mill in Scotland and the 1999 European Industrial Museum of the Year, and therefore calls upon the Scottish Executive to provide emergency funding to secure the jobs of the 43 staff employed by Dundee Heritage Trust across three sites in the city and, in the longer term, to extend central revenue support in partnership with local authority support to avoid a huge loss, not just to the city of Dundee, but to the cultural heritage of the nation.

Supported by: Michael Russell, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Tommy Sheridan, Donald Gorrie, Alex Neil, Mr Adam Ingram, Fiona McLeod, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Ms Sandra White

S1M-1967 Tommy Sheridan: Stobhill Hospital Industrial Action—That the Parliament offers its support and solidarity to the porters and domestic workers of Stobhill Hospital who have voted for industrial action to support their claim for decent wages and conditions; further notes that they are employed by a private contractor who pays them £4.09 per hour and gives them no holiday pay, inadequate sick pay and no pension, and believes that such conditions will be an increasingly prevalent feature of privatisation in future.

Supported by: Ms Sandra White

S1M-1964 Helen Eadie: Centenary of Donibristle Pit Disaster—That the Parliament congratulates the schools in Dunfermline East for their contribution to marking the centenary of the Donibristle pit disaster on 26 August 1901; notes that their efforts will help celebrate and keep alive the memory of the brave men, some of whom heroically gave their lives to save fellow miners in the tragedy; further congratulates all of those in our towns and villages in the constituency of Dunfermline East for the act of remembrance that binds miners and their families through the ages and across all our communities and, in doing so, sends its thoughts and prayers to the community of Caerphilly, Wales who will remember on 24 May the miners who lost their lives in the Caerphilly disaster on that date 100 years ago, and calls on the Scottish Executive to send appropriate messages to both communities.

Supported by: Tricia Marwick, Alex Neil, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Michael Russell, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Tommy Sheridan, Dorothy-Grace Elder

S1M-1963# Mike Watson: Epilepsy—That the Parliament congratulates Epilepsy Action Scotland and all those working to raise awareness about the condition of epilepsy; notes the unacceptably high incidence of misdiagnosis and the extreme regional variations in waiting times to see an epilepsy specialist; believes that National Epilepsy Week, 20 – 26 May 2001, brings the opportunity to focus on the need to work together on this issue at local, regional and national levels and calls on the Scottish Executive to work with health boards to ensure that a person who has a seizure is referred to a specialist within four weeks, irrespective of the area in which they live.

Supported by: Mrs Margaret Ewing, Brian Adam, Michael Matheson, Janis Hughes, Christine Grahame, Alex Neil, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Gil Paterson, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Irene McGugan, Mr Adam Ingram, Michael Russell, Donald Gorrie, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Mr David Davidson, Robert Brown, David Mundell, Tommy Sheridan, Trish Godman, Robin Harper, Fiona McLeod, Nora Radcliffe, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Ms Sandra White

S1M-1959# Donald Gorrie: Young Carers—That the Parliament congratulates the young carers who, at their recent conference in Linlithgow, formed a National Young Carers Forum; pays tribute to the huge contribution to family life made by young carers; welcomes the support given by some local authorities to local young carers’ groups, and urges the Scottish Executive and local authorities to give a high priority to bringing together national and local staff and resources in education, social work and health to provide joined up services to ease the burden on these young people, who are often the only person holding their family together.

Supported by: Dorothy-Grace Elder, Michael Matheson, Christine Grahame, Tommy Sheridan, Robin Harper, Mr Keith Raffan, Nora Radcliffe, Ms Margo MacDonald, Margaret Smith, Ian Jenkins, Robert Brown, Mr Jamie Stone, Alex Neil, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Irene McGugan, Michael Russell, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Mr David Davidson, David Mundell, Mr Adam Ingram, Fiona McLeod, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Ms Sandra White

S1M-1952 Rhona Brankin: The Draft Consumer Protection Act 1987 (Product Liability) (Modification) (Scotland) Order 2001—That the Rural Development Committee recommends that the draft Consumer Protection Act 1987 (Product Liability) (Modification) (Scotland) Order 2001 be approved.

Supported by: Ross Finnie

S1M-1951 Mr Alasdair Morrison: The Draft Graduate Endowment (Scotland) Regulations 2001—That the Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee recommends that the draft Graduate Endowment (Scotland) Regulations 2001 be approved.

Supported by: Ms Wendy Alexander

S1M-1949 Rhona Brankin: The Draft Scotland Act 1998 (Transfer of Functions to the Scottish Ministers etc.) (No.2) Order 2001—That the Transport and the Environment Committee recommends that the draft Scotland Act 1998 (Transfer of Functions to the Scottish Ministers etc.) (No.2) Order 2001 be approved.

Supported by: Ross Finnie

S1M-1948 Ms Margo MacDonald: Holyrood Project Costs—That the Parliament agrees that, upon the submission of the Holyrood project progress report by the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body and the Holyrood Project Group, it will invite either the Auditor General for Scotland or another independent assessor to produce for MSPs and the public full analyses and comparative project costs of (a) completing the project by (i) spring 2003 and (ii) autumn/winter 2003 and (b) selling both the partially built MSPs’ office block and the remainder of the site, excluding Queensberry House, either separately or as a whole.

Supported by: Dorothy-Grace Elder, Alex Neil, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Adam Ingram, Donald Gorrie, Tommy Sheridan

S1M-1947 Tommy Sheridan: National Missile Defence System—That the Parliament expresses its concern at the threat posed to Scotland by the National Missile Defence System of the United States; believes that this system will destabilise security, posing a specific threat to Scotland, given the Trident nuclear base at Faslane, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to make representations to Her Majesty's Government not to give British support to this scheme.

Supported by: Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Adam Ingram, Robin Harper, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Ms Sandra White

S1M-1946 Elaine Smith: National Childcare Week—That the Parliament welcomes National Childcare Week, 20 to 27 May 2001, which this year is promoting the theme "Childcare Voices, Childcare Choices" to ensure that all those responsible for planning and providing childcare services listen to children and parents to deliver on quality services; recognises the important and vital contribution by the workforce involved in the provision of quality childcare, and supports UNISON’s calls for higher pay levels for those who work in the early years sector to reflect the professionalism and importance of their work.

Supported by: Donald Gorrie, Fiona McLeod, Pauline McNeill, Elaine Thomson, Alex Neil, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Trish Godman, Irene Oldfather, Christine Grahame, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Gil Paterson, Irene McGugan, Mr Adam Ingram, Michael Russell, Margaret Jamieson, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Robin Harper, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Ms Sandra White

S1M-1944 Richard Lochhead: Meetings of the Parliament in North East Scotland—That the Parliament believes that, since Edinburgh and Glasgow have already played host to the Scottish Parliament, the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body and the Parliamentary Bureau should identify a suitable location in the north east of Scotland for the period in 2002 when a temporary home will once more have to be sought in order to allow the Church of Scotland General Assembly to return to the Mound.

Supported by: Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Adam Ingram, Nora Radcliffe, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Brian Adam, Alex Neil, Irene McGugan, Tommy Sheridan, Ms Sandra White

S1M-1943 Christine Grahame: The Disability Claim Form—That the Parliament notes that the 5th issue of Inform, Citizens Advice Scotland’s Quarterly Social Policy Briefing, identifies social security benefits as the biggest category of problems dealt with by bureaux, with 133,272 enquiries; further notes that, of these, disability benefits amounted to 20,244 enquiries, income support 16,524 and housing benefit 12,274; recognises that disability benefits are a particular concern because of the complexity of the form and because decisions are sometimes contradictory, leading to some entitlement being removed altogether; notes that applicants may be charged up to £40 by their GP for a medical assessment; notes that the complexity of the application system is evidenced by the 10,510 repeat enquiries which bureaux dealt with in this area; commends the citizens advice service on representing 638 clients at disability appeals tribunals, two thirds of which had positive outcomes, and urges the Scottish Executive, against this background, to make representations to Her Majesty’s Government requesting that the application system be reformed without delay.

Supported by: Dorothy-Grace Elder, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Fiona McLeod, Irene McGugan, Donald Gorrie, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Adam Ingram, Alex Neil, Michael Matheson, Michael Russell, Tommy Sheridan, Ms Sandra White

S1M-1942 Mr Kenneth Gibson: PETA's Irresponsible Campaign Against Milk and Dairy Products—That the Parliament condemns as totally irresponsible and ill-informed the campaign by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) against milk and dairy products; is aware that Scottish dairy farmers produce milk to among the highest standards in the world; is disgusted that PETA should play on the fears and insecurities of children in pursuit of their goals; notes that the claims made by PETA against milk and dairy products are totally without foundation; is aware that a diet which includes milk and dairy products is greatly beneficial to young people as a source of calcium, energy and protein, and believes that this issue provides the Scottish Executive with an excellent opportunity to highlight the advantages to school age children of consuming milk and dairy products, particularly in areas of social exclusion.

Supported by: Donald Gorrie, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Adam Ingram, Mary Scanlon, Alex Neil, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Brian Adam, Christine Grahame, Tommy Sheridan, Robin Harper

S1M-1938 Christine Grahame: Adult Learners' Week 12-18 May 2001—That the Parliament extends its congratulations to the 1,800 people nominated either individually or as members of a group for awards in the 10th Anniversary Adult Learners’ Week and to all of those who take part in adult learning ventures, including the learning providers, and further congratulates the 19 individuals and groups of adult learners who are award winners this year who overcame personal difficulties, have attained greater self-esteem and changed their lives through learning.

Supported by: Brian Adam, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Ms Sandra White, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Kay Ullrich, Irene McGugan, Fiona McLeod, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Adam Ingram, Mary Scanlon, Alex Neil, Michael Matheson, Michael Russell, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Tommy Sheridan, Robin Harper

S1M-1937# Cathy Jamieson: Adult Learners' Week—That the Parliament recognises Adult Learners’ Week between 12 and 18 May 2001; supports the goal of making lifelong learning a central theme of working life; commends the work done by the trade union movement in promoting learning and training opportunities in the workplace, and asks the Scottish Executive to continue with its work in creating a culture of lifelong learning among the people of Scotland.

Supported by: Janis Hughes, Scott Barrie, Dr Elaine Murray, Donald Gorrie, Pauline McNeill, Elaine Thomson, Elaine Smith, Trish Godman, Irene Oldfather, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Margaret Jamieson, Mr Duncan McNeil

S1M-1930# Mr Lloyd Quinan: National Autistic Society Report 2001—That the Parliament acknowledges the National Autistic Society report Ignored or Ineligible?, published on 14 May 2001, accepts the findings of the report and urges the Scottish Executive to consider the report and implement its recommendations to improve the early diagnosis of autism and Asperger’s syndrome and put in place effective structures to support and enhance the lives of those with autism and Asperger’s syndrome and their carers.

Supported by: Michael Matheson, Christine Grahame, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Mr Andrew Welsh, Fiona McLeod, Alex Neil, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Brian Adam, Michael Russell, Donald Gorrie, Tommy Sheridan, Ms Sandra White

S1M-1928 Dorothy-Grace Elder: International Nurses' Day 2001—That the Parliament pledges its support for International Nurses’ Day, which is celebrated around the world every 12 May on the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth; notes that the theme for 2001, Nurses, Always There for You: United Against Violence, highlights the fact that violence is overtaking infectious diseases as a major public health problem, with more than 2 million people dying as a result of injuries sustained due to violence; recognises that nurses are themselves threatened with violence in the workplace and are three times more likely to experience violence than other professionals, and congratulates the International Council of Nurses on its new partnership with the World Health Organisation, the International Labour Organisation and Public Services International which is rolling out a broad-based anti-violence campaign, the priority of which is the elimination of violence from the health sector workplace.

Supported by: Fiona McLeod, Robin Harper, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Gil Paterson, Ms Margo MacDonald, Tricia Marwick, Andrew Wilson, Donald Gorrie, Alex Neil, Mr John McAllion, Christine Grahame, Nora Radcliffe, Kay Ullrich, Elaine Smith, Michael Matheson, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Ms Sandra White

S1M-1925# Ms Sandra White: European Year of Languages and BSL—That the Parliament believes that in 2001, the European Year of Languages, the Scottish Executive should take forward the lessons of the Millennium Project 2000 which taught the basics of British Sign Language (BSL) and Deaf Awareness to schoolchildren; invites the Scottish Executive to investigate the introduction of BSL to the school curriculum, and further believes that Her Majesty’s Government should give official recognition to BSL under the terms of the European Charter on Minority Languages.

Supported by: Mr Kenneth Gibson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Gil Paterson, Ms Margo MacDonald, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Tricia Marwick, Linda Fabiani, Andrew Wilson, Alex Neil, Christine Grahame, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Donald Gorrie, Fiona McLeod, Brian Adam, Michael Matheson, Irene McGugan, Michael Russell, Tommy Sheridan, Robin Harper

S1M-1924 Mr Brian Monteith: Congratulations to Stirling County Rugby Football Club—That the Parliament congratulates Stirling County Rugby Football Club on winning the second division championship and promotion to division one of the BT Scotland Premiership and also Stirling County’s under-18 team who became Scottish champions after winning the Youth League Cup final for a record fifth time.

Supported by: Mr Keith Harding, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Mr David Davidson

S1M-1923 Mr Brian Monteith: Cuts Affecting the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders and the Black Watch—That the Parliament notes with dismay the proposed cuts to the Scottish Regiments, in particular the effect such cuts would have on the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, with its historic links to Stirling, and the Black Watch, famously based in Perthshire, regiments which have a proud history of defending British interests in many conflicts in the 19th and 20th centuries; believes that plans for further mergers and cuts would seriously undermine the future of these historic frontline regiments which include regular troops, territorial army and cadet forces, and calls upon Her Majesty's Government to reject this unnecessary course of action.

Supported by: Mr Keith Harding, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Phil Gallie, Mr Jamie Stone, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Mr David Davidson, David McLetchie

S1M-1917 Robert Brown: 100 Years of Irn Bru—That the Parliament welcomes the centenary of Scotland’s "other" national drink, Irn Bru, first produced in Glasgow by Andrew Greig Barr; acknowledges the continued success of AG Barr plc as an independent Scottish company; notes that Scotland is unique as the only nation to produce a local soft drink which outsells a certain well-known brand of cola; recognises the example that the company sets to other Scottish companies in terms of local production, and wishes AG Barr plc every success for another prosperous 100 years.

Supported by: Mr Brian Monteith, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Tricia Marwick, Linda Fabiani, Andrew Wilson, Donald Gorrie, Mr Jamie Stone, Christine Grahame, Scott Barrie, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Nora Radcliffe, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Mr Andrew Welsh, Fiona McLeod, Alex Neil, Michael Russell, David Mundell

S1M-1916 Pauline McNeill: National Cot Death Awareness Week—That the Parliament pledges its support to National Cot Death Awareness Week from 8-14 May 2001; notes that changes in the way that babies are positioned for sleep has helped reduce cot deaths in Scotland by 60%; is concerned by the link between cigarette smoke and cot death, with an estimated seven-fold increase in risk for infants of women who smoke during pregnancy; further notes the Cot Death Trust’s warning that the 100% increase in 15-year-old girls smoking in the past 10 years could result in an alarming rise in the number of cot deaths, and therefore welcomes the Scottish Cot Death Trust's research at the Queen Mother's Hospital Glasgow to determine whether innovative motivational counselling offered to pregnant women will be more successful than traditional advice in helping these women give up smoking.

Supported by: Mrs Mary Mulligan, Janis Hughes, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Ms Margo MacDonald, Mr Michael McMahon, Donald Gorrie, Mr Jamie Stone, Irene Oldfather, Alex Neil, Christine Grahame, Scott Barrie, Mike Watson, Rhoda Grant, Elaine Thomson, Nora Radcliffe, Karen Whitefield, Dr Elaine Murray, Kay Ullrich, Nick Johnston, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Fiona Hyslop, Linda Fabiani, Fiona McLeod, Elaine Smith, Brian Adam, Trish Godman, Hugh Henry, Michael Russell, Tommy Sheridan

S1M-1915 Dr Winnie Ewing: Caithness General Hospital—That the Parliament supports Caithness General Hospital in Wick in continuing to supply specialist maternity and gynaecological services and opposes the downgrading of these services.

Supported by: Michael Matheson, Ms Sandra White, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Mr Jamie Stone, Alex Neil, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Donald Gorrie, Fiona McLeod, Irene McGugan, Robin Harper

S1M-1913# Christine Grahame: ME and the Benefits System—That the Parliament notes that, while the Department of Health and Social Security has made it clear that people with myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) are entitled to state benefits, the format of questions on the claim forms and the nature of the tests for disability are not appropriate to the symptoms and consequences of this disease; further notes that many of those with ME have difficulty in obtaining benefits to which they are entitled, and believes that the Scottish Executive, through its representatives on the UK Working Group on ME established in 1999, should emphasise these difficulties in order that no-one who is disabled through ME is excluded from accessing appropriate benefits.

Supported by: Shona Robison, Michael Matheson, Fergus Ewing, Alex Fergusson, Ms Sandra White, Brian Adam, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Roseanna Cunningham, Bruce Crawford, Tricia Marwick, Tommy Sheridan, Irene McGugan, Fiona McLeod, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Gil Paterson, Ms Margo MacDonald, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Linda Fabiani, Andrew Wilson, Donald Gorrie, Alex Neil, Mr Murray Tosh, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Alasdair Morgan, Fiona Hyslop, Michael Russell, David Mundell

S1M-1911 Pauline McNeill: Kelvin Hall—That the Parliament recognises the Kelvin Hall as an important historic Glasgow landmark serving Scotland well as a sports facility for both local adults and children, as the only national venue with an indoor arena and stadium facilities used by key sporting organisations including the Scottish Athletics Federation, as one of only two fixed permanent indoor arenas in Britain, as the home to many national and international sporting events, and as a training facility for many of our national athletes; notes that the Kelvin Hall amenity also provides other facilities for local schools and adult groups in Glasgow, and therefore opposes the plan to close the Kelvin Hall.

Supported by: Donald Gorrie, Tommy Sheridan, Robert Brown, Janis Hughes, Ms Sandra White, Rhoda Grant, Maureen Macmillan, Ms Margo MacDonald, Linda Fabiani, Mr Michael McMahon, Andrew Wilson, Mr Jamie Stone, Alex Neil, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Mike Watson, Nora Radcliffe, Alasdair Morgan, Fiona McLeod, Trish Godman, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Lloyd Quinan

S1M-1909# Mr John McAllion: 75th Anniversary of The General Strike—That the Parliament welcomes the 75th Anniversary of The General Strike; applauds the role played by rank and file trade unionists and working people during the 9 days of the strike; recognises that the Councils of Action set up across the country demonstrated that working men and women can directly run their own affairs and the affairs of the state they live in, and recognises this anniversary by paying tribute to the role of trade unionism in Scotland’s past and acknowledge its importance in the future.

Supported by: Christine Grahame, Donald Gorrie, Scott Barrie, Tommy Sheridan, Pauline McNeill, Cathy Peattie, Janis Hughes, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Rhoda Grant, Marilyn Livingstone, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Alex Neil, Ms Margo MacDonald, Tricia Marwick, Linda Fabiani, Mr Michael McMahon, Irene Oldfather, Mike Watson, Karen Whitefield, Dr Elaine Murray, Elaine Smith, Brian Adam, Trish Godman, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Lloyd Quinan

S1M-1908# Mr Kenneth Macintosh: Autism Awareness Week (14-20 May 2001)—That the Parliament joins with The National Autistic Society Scotland, the Scottish Society for Autism and all other autism organisations across Scotland and the UK in highlighting Autism Awareness Week (14 to 20 May 2001); recognises in particular the challenges faced by adults on the autistic spectrum, and their families, in gaining appropriate support from the statutory services, and acknowledges the need to pursue the principles of the The same as you? A review of services for people with learning disabilities to ensure that adults with autism and Asperger’s syndrome have access to wide-ranging and good quality services to meet their needs.

Supported by: Mr Duncan McNeil, Pauline McNeill, Elaine Smith, Margaret Smith, Mary Scanlon, Cathie Craigie, Kate MacLean, Maureen Macmillan, Karen Gillon, Karen Whitefield, Bill Butler, Paul Martin, Mr John McAllion, Elaine Thomson, Mr John Home Robertson, David Mundell, Ben Wallace, Bristow Muldoon, Dr Elaine Murray, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Patricia Ferguson, Mr Michael McMahon, Helen Eadie, Trish Godman, Janis Hughes, Irene Oldfather, Cathy Peattie, Marilyn Livingstone, Mr John Farquhar Munro, Mr Keith Raffan, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Adam Ingram, Scott Barrie, Dr Richard Simpson, Linda Fabiani, Christine Grahame, Ms Sandra White, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Mr Brian Monteith, Fiona Hyslop, Donald Gorrie, Tommy Sheridan, Nora Radcliffe, Robert Brown, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Rhoda Grant, Mr Gil Paterson, Alex Neil, Ms Margo MacDonald, Tricia Marwick, Andrew Wilson, Mr Jamie Stone, Mike Watson, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Alasdair Morgan, Mr Andrew Welsh, Ian Jenkins, Mr Mike Rumbles, Fiona McLeod, Dennis Canavan, Shona Robison, Brian Adam, Mr Jamie McGrigor

S1M-1907 Fiona McLeod: Lenzie Rugby Club—That the Parliament congratulates Lenzie Rugby Club on its win in the final of the BT Cellnet Bowl at Murrayfield Stadium on Saturday 28 April 2001, a competition open to all club rugby teams in Scotland; commiserates with the opponents, Cartha Queens Park Rugby Club, who are three divisions above Lenzie yet were on the receiving end of the "Lomu Ball" manoeuvre from Ross Queenan and his team-mates, and supports all endeavours to encourage the young people of Scotland to play rugby.

Supported by: Mr Alex Salmond, Ms Sandra White, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Mr Brian Monteith, Irene McGugan, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Adam Ingram, Andrew Wilson, Alex Neil, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Elaine Smith

S1M-1906 Mr Brian Monteith: Holding Plenary Meetings of the Parliament in Stirling—That the Parliament recognises that it must investigate alternative temporary accommodation for May 2002 when the Church of Scotland is expected to require the use of the Assembly Hall for its General Assembly and calls upon the Parliamentary Bureau to consider Stirling as a potential location given its modern facilities, historic past, central location, excellent transport links and the fact that it has already hosted meetings of parliamentary committees.

Supported by: Cathy Peattie, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Robin Harper

S1M-1904 Dorothy-Grace Elder: Replacement of "Visitscotland" Name—That the Parliament demands that the name "visitscotland" be phased out and replaced with its former name, the Scottish Tourist Board, for clarity; considers that "visitscotland" is a fatuous affectation which will make Scottish tourism information harder to find; points out that tourists from countries are accustomed to seeking information under S for Scotland or T for tourism and that many tourists are not visiting Scotland but actually live here and visit other parts of their country, and notes, as an indication of how confusing the name change has been, that the media feel it necessary to explain that visitscotland means the Scottish Tourist Board on almost every occasion the name "visitscotland" is used.

Supported by: Donald Gorrie, Tommy Sheridan, Robert Brown, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Adam Ingram, Ms Margo MacDonald

S1M-1903# Ms Sandra White: Threatened Closure of Kelvin Hall International Sports Arena—That the Parliament notes with great concern the proposal to sell off the Kelvin Hall International Sports Arena in Glasgow; recognises that the Kelvin Hall is a much loved and vital public sports facility and that its closure would lead to a serious decline in the provision of sports facilities for local people, and therefore urges the Scottish Executive to make urgent representations to Glasgow City Council to prevent the closure of the Kelvin Hall.

Supported by: Mr Kenneth Gibson, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Fergus Ewing, Roseanna Cunningham, Shona Robison, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Pauline McNeill, Donald Gorrie, John Young, Tommy Sheridan, Irene McGugan, Trish Godman, Mr Gil Paterson, Alex Neil, Robin Harper, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Adam Ingram, Ms Margo MacDonald, Linda Fabiani, Andrew Wilson, Ian Jenkins, Kay Ullrich, Alasdair Morgan, Fiona McLeod, Michael Russell

S1M-1902 Mr Andrew Welsh: Reid Lichties Promotion—That the Parliament congratulates Arbroath Football Club on being promoted to the First Division of the Scottish Football League; recognises the considerable achievement of the players and manager John Brownlie, and wishes all concerned with Arbroath Football Club every success for the season to come.

Supported by: Mr Kenneth Gibson, Mr Alex Salmond, Ms Sandra White, Irene McGugan, Mr Brian Monteith, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Brian Adam, Mr Gil Paterson, Alex Neil, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Adam Ingram, Andrew Wilson, Kay Ullrich

S1M-1900 Tricia Marwick: Voices of Women Campaign—That the Parliament welcomes the formation of the Voices of Women (VOW) campaign to assist, encourage and to provide advice and information to black and ethnic minority women in Fife and wishes them every success in their efforts to attract funding to support the organisation and the valuable work that is being undertaken.

Supported by: Michael Matheson, Mr Alex Salmond, Mr Keith Harding, Ms Sandra White, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Marilyn Livingstone, Tommy Sheridan, Irene McGugan, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Mr Gil Paterson, Alex Neil, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Adam Ingram, Linda Fabiani, Andrew Wilson, Fiona Hyslop, Fiona McLeod, Michael Russell

S1M-1899 Ms Margo MacDonald: American Strategic Missile Defence System—That the Parliament urges Her Majesty’s Government to use the opportunity afforded by the American President’s stated intention to consult America’s allies on his administration’s implementation of the Strategic Missile Defence System to support the UN Secretary General’s opposition to this profoundly dangerous policy which will destabilize international and intercontinental relations whilst remaining impotent in dealing with regional and internal conflicts across the world.

Supported by: Michael Matheson, Christine Grahame, Ms Sandra White, Donald Gorrie, Robin Harper, Tommy Sheridan, Robert Brown, Brian Adam, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Mr Gil Paterson, Alex Neil, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Adam Ingram, Linda Fabiani, Fiona McLeod

S1M-1895# Maureen Macmillan: Gaelic-Medium Education—That the Parliament notes the critical situation facing Gaelic-medium education as a consequence of the current shortage of Gaelic teachers; further notes the continuing shortage of university graduates intending to enter Gaelic-medium teaching, and urges the Scottish Executive to implement without further delay (a) a review, update and implementation of the recommendations contained in Commun na Gaidhlig’s proposed national policy for Gaelic Education, Framework for Growth, which was submitted to the Scottish Office in 1997 and (b) the recommendations contained in the report by the General Teaching Council for Scotland Teaching in Gaelic-medium Education – recommendations for change which was submitted to the Scottish Executive in 1999.

Supported by: Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Pauline McNeill, Robert Brown, Rhoda Grant, Elaine Thomson, Michael Russell

S1M-1891 Mr Brian Monteith: Insensitivity of Stirling Council over Education Trip—That the Parliament notes the decision by the Labour administration running Stirling Council to send senior education officials on a £1,800 overnight "workshop" session outside the area of the authority to the four-star Inchyra Grange Hotel in Falkirk and recognises the insensitivity of this decision at a time when the administration has just announced that it is to implement £250,000 of cuts to the budgets of local schools in the area and when hotels and other hospitality locations in the Stirling district are themselves suffering from the effects of the foot-and-mouth disease outbreak.

Supported by: Mr Keith Harding R, Bill Aitken, Mr Jamie McGrigor

S1M-1889 Tommy Sheridan: Medical Secretaries—That the Parliament supports the campaign of NHS medical secretaries in Glasgow to secure an upgrading of their salaries to Grade 4 in recognition of the increasingly complex nature of their work and their crucial role in the management of government waiting list initiatives and other vital procedures and calls upon the Scottish Executive to provide the necessary funding to resolve this dispute immediately.

Supported by: Dorothy-Grace Elder, Robin Harper

S1M-1888 Pauline McNeill: Glasgow Rent Deposit Scheme—That the Parliament congratulates the Glasgow Rent Deposit Scheme on its work to enable homeless people to gain access to private, rented accommodation throughout the city of Glasgow; commends the organisation, which is funded by the Scottish Executive’s Rough Sleepers’ Initiative and by churches in the West End of Glasgow, on acting as as an independent third party to provide landlords with a bond guarantee on behalf of tenants, and recognises that the Glasgow Rent Deposit Scheme provides vital support to those who are not deemed to be in priority need to move into safe, secure accommodation in the private, rented sector.

Supported by: Fiona Hyslop, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Robert Brown, Ms Sandra White, Donald Gorrie, Tommy Sheridan, Rhoda Grant, Elaine Thomson, Alex Neil, Ms Margo MacDonald, Tricia Marwick, Linda Fabiani, Mr Jamie Stone, Dr Richard Simpson, Mike Watson, Elaine Smith

S1M-1887# Rhoda Grant: Closure of Jaeger Clothing Factory—That the Parliament notes with deep concern the announcement that the Jaeger clothing factory is to close with the loss of up to 160 jobs in Campbeltown; urges Jaeger to reconsider its decision urgently, and believes that the Scottish Executive, working with Highlands and Islands Enterprise, the local enterprise company and the Kintyre Initiative, should put in place long-term measures which will provide a stable and secure economic environment that ensures that the historic difficulties experienced by the Kintyre economy are reversed.

Supported by: Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Donald Gorrie, Tommy Sheridan, Maureen Macmillan, Pauline McNeill, Elaine Thomson, Mr Jamie Stone, Irene Oldfather, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Elaine Smith, Robin Harper

S1M-1886 Alex Fergusson: Dumfries and Galloway Hardship Fund—That the Parliament notes with alarm the situation which is currently faced by many self-employed businessmen and businesswomen in Dumfries and Galloway who have no income due to the foot-and-mouth disease outbreak and no access to benefits; further notes the position of agricultural and tourist-related businesses in the region which have an immediate requirement for funding through no fault of their own, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to establish a hardship fund to provide interest free loans to ensure the survival of such self-employed individuals and businesses.

Supported by: David Mundell, Mr Brian Monteith, John Scott, Mr David Davidson, Mr Murray Tosh, Phil Gallie, David McLetchie, Mr Keith Harding, Bill Aitken, Christine Grahame, Donald Gorrie, Nick Johnston, Mary Scanlon, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Alasdair Morgan, Michael Russell, Robin Harper

S1M-1885# Bristow Muldoon: Livingston Football Club - Promotion to the SPL—That the Parliament congratulates Livingston Football Club on its achievement in securing promotion to the Scottish Premier League, a major success for West Lothian’s only senior club, which moved to Livingston in 1995, which comes on top of a Scottish Cup run which took them to the semi-final for the first time; welcomes the community programme of the club which has encouraged many young people to support the club; recognises the far-sighted youth development policies being developed, and wishes Livingston Football Club every success in the SPL next season and into the future.

Supported by: Mrs Mary Mulligan, Mr Michael McMahon, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Margaret Jamieson, Mr Brian Monteith, Karen Whitefield, Tricia Marwick, Mike Watson, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Mr Andy Kerr, Dr Richard Simpson, Trish Godman, Mr Frank McAveety, Patricia Ferguson, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Scott Barrie, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Fiona Hyslop, Hugh Henry, Bill Butler, Ms Sandra White, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Alex Neil

S1M-1883 Tommy Sheridan: Class Distinction on Scotland's Rivers—That the Parliament deplores the class distinction on Scotland’s rivers whereby trout fishers are banned due to foot-and-mouth disease restrictions while salmon fishing continues and calls upon the Scottish Executive to end this absurd anomaly.

Supported by: Donald Gorrie, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Mr Gil Paterson, Christine Grahame

S1M-1882# Mr Duncan Hamilton: Closure of Jaeger, Campbeltown—That the Parliament notes with dismay the closure of the Jaeger clothing factory in Campbeltown with the loss of up to 161 jobs; recognises that this is a devastating blow for the Kintyre economy, already suffering from an unemployment rate well above the national average and designated a priority area by Argyll and the Islands Enterprise; further notes that this closure comes on top of the closure of the Campbeltown shipyard in 1996, the pullout by the RAF in 1997 and the temporary suspension of the Ballycastle ferry service, and asks the Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning to meet trade union officials, local councillors, MSPs and other interested parties as a matter of urgency and the Scottish Executive to act with all speed to establish a task-force similar to that proposed for the Motorola workers.

Supported by: Fergus Ewing, Alex Neil, Mr John Swinney, Ms Sandra White, Colin Campbell, Fiona Hyslop, Michael Russell, Bruce Crawford, Richard Lochhead, Brian Adam, Roseanna Cunningham, Alasdair Morgan, Mr Alex Salmond, Shona Robison, Linda Fabiani, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Gil Paterson, Tricia Marwick, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Irene McGugan, Dr Winnie Ewing, Andrew Wilson, Mr Jamie Stone

S1M-1881# George Lyon: Job Losses in Campbeltown—That the Parliament deeply regrets the closure of the Jaeger Factory in Campbeltown; notes that the loss of 200 jobs is a devastating blow to the Kintyre economy, and believes that the Scottish Executive should provide backing and support to allow local agencies to develop a rescue package for the area which recognises that the loss of the town’s largest employer is a further, serious blow to a town already affected by the downturn in traditional rural industries.

Supported by: Brian Adam, Donald Gorrie, Mr Jamie Stone, Mr John Farquhar Munro, Tavish Scott, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Nora Radcliffe, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Robert Brown

S1M-1880# Elaine Thomson: Donside Paper Mill—That the Parliament congratulates the workforce, trade unions and management at the Donside Paper Mill in Aberdeen on their success in achieving an agreed solution to their difficulties in the form of a management buy-out and notes the importance of this achievement for the future of the paper industry in Aberdeen and throughout the rest of Scotland.

Supported by: Pauline McNeill, Bristow Muldoon, Brian Adam, Tommy Sheridan, Irene Oldfather, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Mr Michael McMahon, Hugh Henry, Mr John Home Robertson, Bill Butler, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Robin Harper, Nora Radcliffe, Mike Watson, Rhoda Grant, Maureen Macmillan, Alex Neil, Andrew Wilson, Mr Jamie Stone, Dr Richard Simpson

S1M-1879 Mr Adam Ingram: Psychiatric Drugs and Prescription Charges—That the Parliament notes the inequality in the provision of free prescriptions for patients with a mental health illness and believes that the Scottish Executive should review the current system of charging for prescriptions and bring mental health patients in line with those with conditions such as diabetes and epilepsy by introducing free prescriptions for such patients.

Supported by: David Mundell, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Brian Adam, Donald Gorrie, Tommy Sheridan, Michael Matheson, Tricia Marwick, Christine Grahame, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Dr Winnie Ewing, Dennis Canavan, Robert Brown, Roseanna Cunningham, Ms Sandra White, Alex Neil, Robin Harper, Nora Radcliffe, Irene McGugan, Marilyn Livingstone, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Adam Ingram, Ms Margo MacDonald, Linda Fabiani, Andrew Wilson, Fiona Hyslop, Fiona McLeod, Michael Russell

S1M-1878 Helen Eadie: OCLI International—That the Parliament notes with deep concern the loss of 160 jobs caused by the closure of OCLI International at Dalgety Bay in Dunfermline East constituency; urges OCLI to work together with those being made redundant to minimise the difficulties faced by them and their families, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to involve itself fully in the search for a positive resolution to their current plight.

Supported by: Pauline McNeill, Bristow Muldoon, Donald Gorrie, Irene Oldfather, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Cathy Jamieson, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Marilyn Livingstone, Scott Barrie, Alex Neil, Mr Michael McMahon, Andrew Wilson, Elaine Smith

S1M-1877 Mr Brian Monteith: Support for Golf Caddying Vocational Qualification—That the Parliament congratulates St Andrews Links Trust and Elmwood College, Cupar on the launch of their Caddie Connect course which will help to raise standards and enhance the reputation of golf caddies through the provision of vocational courses in caddying both here and abroad via a distance learning course.

Supported by: Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Phil Gallie, David McLetchie, Donald Gorrie, Michael Russell, Tricia Marwick, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Mary Scanlon, Mr Keith Harding, Andrew Wilson, Mr Jamie McGrigor

S1M-1876# Mr Lloyd Quinan: Trade Relations—That the Parliament agrees to discontinue any association with companies, traders and organisations which hold investments or trade in countries currently in breach of United Nations resolutions; notes the plight of those being exploited by such parties, and resolves to lead by example in condemning such practices.

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Gil Paterson, Michael Matheson, Dr Winnie Ewing, Dennis Canavan, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Ms Sandra White, Alex Neil, Robin Harper, Ms Margo MacDonald, Linda Fabiani, Fiona McLeod

S1M-1874# Fergus Ewing: A & E Facilities at Raigmore Hospital—That the Parliament recognises that the existing accident and emergency (A & E) facilities at Raigmore Hospital are wholly inadequate; notes that the application previously submitted for around £2.4 million of capital grant from the Scottish Executive was rejected but that a revised application has been submitted and has been said by the First Minister to be at an advanced stage of consideration; believes that the capacity of the A & E unit is limited and that it operates from cramped accommodation, and urges the Scottish Executive to grant this revised application and provide the improved facilities which the largest hospital in the Highlands and Islands deserves.

Supported by: Ms Sandra White, Ms Margo MacDonald, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Robin Harper, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr John Farquhar Munro, Andrew Wilson, Tommy Sheridan, Bruce Crawford, Irene McGugan, Brian Adam, Roseanna Cunningham, Mr Alex Salmond, Shona Robison, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Gil Paterson, Michael Russell, Michael Matheson, Tricia Marwick, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Mary Scanlon, Dr Winnie Ewing, Dennis Canavan, Alex Neil, Mr Kenny MacAskill

S1M-1873 Ms Margo MacDonald: Sleep Scotland—That the Parliament congratulates Sleep Scotland on establishing the world’s first comprehensive service offering support to families of special needs children with severe sleep problems; notes that independent evaluation has demonstrated the high value of this service, and encourages the Scottish Executive to work with local authorities to incorporate the sleep counselling service in the package of care which it offers such families.

Supported by: Dorothy-Grace Elder, Pauline McNeill, Donald Gorrie, Tommy Sheridan, Michael Russell, Michael Matheson, Tricia Marwick, Christine Grahame, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Irene McGugan, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Fiona Hyslop, Ms Sandra White, Alex Neil, Robin Harper, Nora Radcliffe, Cathy Peattie, Mary Scanlon, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Kay Ullrich, Linda Fabiani, Fiona McLeod, Dr Richard Simpson, Shona Robison, Elaine Smith, Mrs Mary Mulligan

S1M-1872 Mr Keith Harding: Job Losses in Dalgety Bay, Fife—That the Parliament views with regret the announcement of the closure of the Optical Coating Laboratory Inc in Dalgety Bay, Fife with the loss of 160 jobs; recognises that this news will come as a devastating blow to the affected workers and their families, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to support the efforts of the local authority and enterprise agencies in their efforts to assist with the redeployment and retraining of those involved.

Supported by: Mr Brian Monteith, Scott Barrie, Tommy Sheridan, Pauline McNeill, Donald Gorrie, Tricia Marwick, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Mr Gil Paterson, Ms Sandra White, Marilyn Livingstone, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Mr David Davidson

S1M-1871 Christine Grahame: Scottish Stamps—That the Parliament notes that while the new definitive Scottish stamps, launched in June 1999, should be available at Post Offices, they are not always available and are not available at other retail outlets and therefore calls upon the Royal Mail to ensure that these stamps are as widely accessible as possible, in particular that the 1st and 2nd class stamps are available at all times in Post Offices throughout Scotland and at the other usual retail outlets, including the Scottish Parliament’s shop, and to introduce books of the new definitive Scottish 1st and 2nd class stamps.

Supported by: Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr George Reid, Bruce Crawford, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Fiona McLeod, Shona Robison, Tommy Sheridan, Linda Fabiani, Brian Adam, Donald Gorrie, Michael Russell, Tricia Marwick, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Irene McGugan, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Fiona Hyslop, Dr Winnie Ewing, Alasdair Morgan, Roseanna Cunningham, Ms Sandra White, Alex Neil, Nora Radcliffe, Andrew Wilson, Ms Margo MacDonald, Mr Kenny MacAskill

S1M-1870 Mr Duncan Hamilton: Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park—That the Parliament notes with regret the decision by the Board of Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) to advise against the inclusion of Argyll Forest Park and Loch Eck within the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park; further notes that this is in direct contradiction to the views of the SNH Reporter charged with advising the Scottish Executive; recognises the many public bodies which are in favour of extending the National Park’s boundaries including Argyll and Bute Council, visitscotland and Forest Enterprise; believes that particular notice must be taken of the strong public support in the area for such inclusion, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to implement the recommendation of the SNH Reporter to include Argyll Forest Park and Loch Eck within Scotland’s first National Park.

Supported by: Fergus Ewing R, Mr Andrew Welsh, Bruce Crawford, Fiona McLeod, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Alex Salmond, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Michael Russell, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Ms Sandra White, Alex Neil, Robin Harper

S1M-1869 Dorothy-Grace Elder: Stone of Scone—That the Parliament requests the return of the Stone of Scone to Perthshire, especially in view of the tourism crisis and its particularly critical effect on rural areas; is mindful that for years before this crisis developed many people had asked for the Stone to be moved to its true home and believes that the moment is now ripe for a special gesture to be made to assist at least one rural area; accepts that Edinburgh Castle, the Stone’s present home, contains a magnificent amount of other treasures and that the Stone would be a tourist attraction in its own right if displayed at Perth Museum and Art Gallery, who have indicated a willingness to accept it, and supports the Scottish People’s Mission who have lodged a Petition (PE 326) with the Parliament on the removal of the Stone from the Castle to Perthshire.

Supported by: Dr Winnie Ewing, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Gil Paterson, Alex Neil

S1M-1867# Dorothy-Grace Elder: "Freedom from Pain" Campaign—That the Parliament endorses wholeheartedly the aims of the "Freedom from Pain" campaign by CancerBACUP; applauds the "Freedom from Pain" Charter and urges all MSPs to sign it; supports CancerBACUP’s view that the management of cancer pain in Scotland and in the UK must be improved radically; further supports the view of the proposed Cross Party Group on Chronic Pain that a radical transformation of the plight of patients who are in chronic pain for any reason, including non-malignant disease, must be addressed urgently given that there are 500,000 people in Scotland who suffer chronic pain from all kinds of conditions, including back and arthritic pain, and notes the huge support of health professionals and charities for the proposed Cross Party Group on Chronic Pain and also the support given to CancerBACUP’s "Freedom from Pain" Charter by Breakthrough Breast Cancer, Breast Cancer Care, Carers National Association, Colon Cancer Concern, Long-Term Medical Conditions Alliance, Macmillan Cancer Relief, the UK Breast Cancer Coalition, the Patients Association, the Prostrate Cancer Charity, the Royal College of General Practitioners, the Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of Surgeons.

Supported by: Alex Neil, Mr Jamie Stone, Mr John McAllion, Michael Russell, Christine Grahame, Dennis Canavan, Ms Sandra White, Nora Radcliffe, Tricia Marwick, Mr Michael McMahon, Elaine Smith, Mr Keith Harding

S1M-1862 Tommy Sheridan: Closure of Motorola Plant, Bathgate—That the Parliament condemns the closure of the Motorola plant at Bathgate and the loss of thousands of jobs; believes that this plant is being closed first because it is easier and cheaper to close a plant here than in the rest of the European Union where workers are protected by the European Directive on the consultation of workers; condemns the UK Labour Government for its failure to sign this directive and calls for it now to reverse this policy, and further believes that the Motorola closure and the many other job losses on the way due to the economic recession can only be dealt with by a socialist economic policy.

Supported by: Dennis Canavan, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Donald Gorrie, Ms Margo MacDonald

S1M-1861 Tommy Sheridan: Chief Executive of Visitscotland—That the Parliament condemns the shambles over the appointment of the Chief Executive of visitscotland; believes that this is a story of greed and incompetence which brings discredit on the Scottish Executive; in particular condemns the obscene salary of £145,000 per annum which was offered and which apparently was insufficient to secure the full-time services of Mr Rod Lynch, and contrasts this position with the failure of the Scottish Executive to fund properly local authority and health workers who earn less than £10,000 per annum.

Supported by: Dorothy-Grace Elder

S1M-1860 Dr Richard Simpson: Parkinson's Awareness Week—That the Parliament welcomes Parkinson’s Awareness Week from 21-29 April 2001 and its focus on current research into the cause, treatment and cure of Parkinson’s disease; notes that the misdiagnosis rate of Parkinson’s may be as high as 30%; calls for measures to ensure the equality of referral regardless of postcode and age, ensuring prompt access to specialists who will provide quick and accurate diagnosis and initiate appropriate treatment; recognises the work undertaken by the Parkinson’s Disease Society in drawing attention to this degenerative, neurological condition; welcomes the Society’s provision of information and support to those with Parkinson’s and their families across Scotland, and extends its best wishes to Mary Baker, the Society’s Chief Executive, on her forthcoming retirement.

Supported by: Elaine Thomson, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Mr Michael McMahon, Des McNulty, Shona Robison, Nick Johnston, Janis Hughes, Hugh Henry, Mary Scanlon, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Dr Elaine Murray, Mr Jamie Stone, Mr Gil Paterson, Margaret Smith, Donald Gorrie, Kate MacLean, Irene Oldfather, Margaret Jamieson, George Lyon, Mr Duncan McNeil, Mr John McAllion, Trish Godman, Dr Sylvia Jackson, Tommy Sheridan, Pauline McNeill, Bristow Muldoon, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Brian Adam, Alex Fergusson, Michael Russell, Tricia Marwick, Christine Grahame, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Cathy Jamieson, Dennis Canavan, Mr David Davidson, Mr Keith Harding, Fiona Hyslop, Alasdair Morgan, Roseanna Cunningham, Ian Jenkins, Ms Sandra White, Alex Neil, Robin Harper, Nora Radcliffe, Cathy Peattie, Rhoda Grant, Ms Margo MacDonald, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Kay Ullrich

S1M-1858 Mrs Mary Mulligan: Closure of Motorola Plant—That the Parliament views with dismay the announcement of the closure of the Motorola Plant in Bathgate, with the loss of over three thousand jobs; urges the Scottish Executive to discuss with the company any measures which may minimise the effects of this decision on the individuals and communities affected; recognises the efforts of unions, staff representatives, local politicians and Ministers over the past few weeks, and calls upon the Executive to offer every support possible to West Lothian Council and neighbouring councils in their efforts to provide assistance and advice to those workers who are affected.

Supported by: Bristow Muldoon, Karen Whitefield, Bill Butler, Maureen Macmillan, Hugh Henry, Rhoda Grant, Mr John Home Robertson, Marilyn Livingstone, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Duncan McNeil, Dr Sylvia Jackson, Mr Michael McMahon, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, David McLetchie, Margaret Smith, Margaret Jamieson, David Mundell, Mr Murray Tosh, Elaine Thomson, Cathy Jamieson, Elaine Smith, Janis Hughes, Mike Watson, Des McNulty, Donald Gorrie, Dr Elaine Murray, Mr Jamie Stone, Scott Barrie, Mr John McAllion, Trish Godman, Dr Richard Simpson, Paul Martin, Tavish Scott, Dennis Canavan, Pauline McNeill, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Alex Fergusson, Irene Oldfather, Tricia Marwick, Fiona Hyslop, Mr Keith Harding, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Ian Jenkins, Ms Sandra White, Cathy Peattie, Alex Neil, Ms Margo MacDonald, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh

S1M-1856 Brian Adam: Diesel Spill Accidents for Bikers—That the Parliament welcomes the recent well organised and well attended demonstration in Aberdeen by bikers to highlight diesel spill accidents and calls upon the Scottish Executive to investigate all means possible to reduce diesel spill on roads.

Supported by: Michael Matheson, Fiona Hyslop, Nora Radcliffe, Christine Grahame, Richard Lochhead, Ms Sandra White, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Irene McGugan, Andrew Wilson, Alex Neil, Robin Harper

S1M-1855 Brian Adam: Congratulations to Cove Rangers—That the Parliament congratulates Cove Rangers FC on winning the Highland League title for the first time and wishes them well in their plans for a new stadium and possible application to the Scottish Football League.

Supported by: Michael Matheson, Mr Jamie Stone, Mr Alex Salmond, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Mr Brian Monteith, Irene McGugan, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Mr David Davidson, Ms Sandra White, Mr Jamie McGrigor

S1M-1854 Pauline McNeill: Sex Trade—That the Parliament notes the content of the ITV programme Vice – Inside Britain’s Sex Business: The New Slave Trade, broadcast on 10 April 2001, which highlighted the plight of an estimated 5,000 Eastern European women and girls who have been lured to the UK, held against their will and forced to act as prostitutes under the threat of violence with no passports and no money; further notes the identification of at least six addresses in Glasgow where this trade is known, and calls upon the Scottish Executive and the international authorities to take action to crush this crime, seek out the entrapped women, release them and provide a means for them to return to safety.

Supported by: Mr Kenneth Gibson, Michael Russell, Michael Matheson, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Alex Neil, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Mr Jamie Stone, Mr John McAllion, Linda Fabiani, Bristow Muldoon, Irene Oldfather, Tricia Marwick, Christine Grahame, Cathy Jamieson, Mr Gil Paterson, Trish Godman, Ms Sandra White, Scott Barrie, Nora Radcliffe, Cathy Peattie, Rhoda Grant, Andrew Wilson, Elaine Thomson, Elaine Smith, Robin Harper

S1M-1853 Christine Grahame: Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week 2001—That the Parliament notes with concern that, while Scotland is the multiple sclerosis (MS) capital of the world with 10,400 people with MS, only 2.4% of these people have access to beta interferon compared with equivalent percentages of 15% in Finland and 13% in Italy; notes that the cost of providing beta interferon to those in Scotland who might benefit would be some £7 million, representing a minute fraction of the NHS budget; queries the cost of beta interferon in Scotland as compared to elsewhere; notes the inadequate provision of physiotherapy for those affected by MS; further notes the lack of provision of specialist MS nurses; affirms that MS nurses should be fully funded by the NHS; notes that there is an urgent need for suitable respite facilities; recommends that it be standard practice on a diagnosis of MS that the appropriate consultant meet the patient’s GP to inform them and discuss the case, as many GPs may only occasionally see a case of MS and may therefore be uninformed about the disease and treatments; considers that money expended on the above will not only benefit the 10,400 people with MS and their carers but would also lead to a net saving to the public purse, and commends all those with MS, their carers and the MS Society for their continuing campaign for justice in health care provision.

Supported by: Roseanna Cunningham, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Michael Russell, Fiona Hyslop, Michael Matheson, Dr Winnie Ewing, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Alex Neil, Ms Margo MacDonald, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Alex Salmond, Fiona McLeod, Linda Fabiani, Brian Adam, Alex Fergusson, Dennis Canavan, Ms Sandra White, Andrew Wilson, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh

S1M-1852 Tricia Marwick: Jim Baxter—That the Parliament regrets the recent death of Jim Baxter; offers sympathy to his relatives and friends on their loss, and urges the Scottish Football Association, in recognition of Jim Baxter's unique talent and his unforgettable contribution to Scottish football, to include him in Scotland's Football Hall of Fame.

Supported by: Phil Gallie, Andrew Wilson, Roseanna Cunningham, Bruce Crawford, Shona Robison, Michael Russell, Maureen Macmillan, Michael Matheson, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Dr Winnie Ewing, Mr Brian Monteith, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Alex Salmond, Mr John McAllion, Trish Godman, Fiona McLeod, Bristow Muldoon, Brian Adam, Mr Kenny MacAskill, David McLetchie, Dennis Canavan, Ms Sandra White, Scott Barrie, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Kay Ullrich

S1M-1851 Tricia Marwick: Multiple Sclerosis—That the Parliament congratulates the MS Society on the work it does on behalf on behalf of people with multiple sclerosis in Scotland; welcomes MS awareness week, 22 April - 29 April, as an opportunity to highlight the wholly inadequate treatment that is available throughout Scotland; recognises the exceptional work done by specialised MS nurses, and urges the Scottish Executive to bring forward proposals for research into the causes of MS in Scotland and for support for those who are presently affected by it.

Supported by: Mr Kenny MacAskill, Fergus Ewing, Richard Lochhead, Alasdair Morgan, Mr David Davidson, Mr John Swinney, Brian Adam, Christine Grahame, Andrew Wilson, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Robert Brown, Margaret Smith, Roseanna Cunningham, Shona Robison, Tommy Sheridan, Bruce Crawford, Michael Russell, Fiona Hyslop, Maureen Macmillan, Alex Fergusson, Michael Matheson, Mary Scanlon, Phil Gallie, Dr Winnie Ewing, Mr John Farquhar Munro, Alex Neil, David Mundell, Irene McGugan, Des McNulty, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Gil Paterson, Nicola Sturgeon, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Fiona McLeod, Linda Fabiani, Dennis Canavan, Mr Keith Harding, Ms Sandra White, Ms Margo MacDonald, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Kay Ullrich

S1M-1850 Pauline McNeill: Effect of Sanctions Against Iraq—That the Parliament notes the Amnesty International Report which states that sanctions imposed against Iraq by the UN Security Council in 1990 have crippled Iraq's economic infrastructure, increased unemployment, raised malnutrition and mortality levels and caused widespread corruption throughout Iraqi society; further notes UNICEF estimates that sanctions have contributed to the deaths of approximately 500,000 children under the age of 5 since 1990, and calls on the UN Security Council to end sanctions against Iraq.

Supported by: Andrew Wilson, Mr Michael McMahon, Donald Gorrie, Tricia Marwick, Michael Matheson, Robin Harper, Mr Adam Ingram, Elaine Smith, Mr John McAllion, Tommy Sheridan, Cathy Peattie, Linda Fabiani, Brian Adam, Christine Grahame, Cathy Jamieson, Mr Gil Paterson, Trish Godman, Ms Sandra White

S1M-1849 Pauline McNeill: Refugee Week 23-29 June 2001—That the Parliament notes that 23 – 29 June 2001 is Refugee Week supported by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Refugee Action, the Refugee Council, Save the Children, London Arts and the Arts Council in England; further notes that 2001 is the 50th anniversary of the UN Convention on Refugees; considers that Refugee Week presents an opportunity to give the public some positive messages about refugees and asylum seekers via the media and through events, and calls on MSPs to work with local agencies in Scotland to promote positive messages about the contribution to cultural life that refugees make in all parts of Scotland.

Supported by: Andrew Wilson, Irene Oldfather, Mr Michael McMahon, Donald Gorrie, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Michael Matheson, Fiona Hyslop, Maureen Macmillan, Rhoda Grant, Scott Barrie, Margaret Jamieson, Michael Russell, Nora Radcliffe, Janis Hughes, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Jamie Stone, Elaine Smith, Mr John McAllion, Tommy Sheridan, Cathy Peattie, Mike Watson, Linda Fabiani, Tricia Marwick, Christine Grahame, Irene McGugan, Cathy Jamieson, Trish Godman, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Roseanna Cunningham, Ms Sandra White, Robin Harper, Robert Brown, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Elaine Thomson, Ms Margo MacDonald

S1M-1848 Pauline McNeill: Glasgow Asylum Rights Campaign—That the Parliament welcomes the publication of a dossier of racial attacks on dispersed asylum seekers in Glasgow produced by the Glasgow Asylum Rights Campaign, notes that the dossier reflects some of the extreme violence and hostility that asylum seekers have experienced in Glasgow since their arrival, and urges all MSPs, MPs and councillors to read it and take action within their areas of responsibility to raise awareness of the plight of asylum seekers and put a stop to such despicable racist and violent acts.

Supported by: Andrew Wilson, Irene Oldfather, Mr Michael McMahon, Donald Gorrie, Michael Matheson, Rhoda Grant, Scott Barrie, Michael Russell, Nora Radcliffe, Janis Hughes, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Mr Jamie Stone, Elaine Smith, Mr John McAllion, Tommy Sheridan, Cathy Peattie, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Mike Watson, Linda Fabiani, Christine Grahame, Cathy Jamieson, Mr Gil Paterson, Trish Godman, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Roseanna Cunningham, Ms Sandra White, Ms Margo MacDonald, Robert Brown

S1M-1847 Dorothy-Grace Elder: Child Slaves in Africa—That the Parliament expresses outrage at the transportation of child slaves along the Ivory Coast of Africa especially in view of Scotland’s special connections with Africa and the long and valiant history of Scottish churches and many charities in fighting against slavery; believes that disclosures of current brutality towards children present only a fraction of the truth about enslavement of hundreds of thousands of children which sometimes benefits the food industry in Britain; demands that the Scottish Executive and Her Majesty’s Government investigate immediately the use of child slaves and its connections with the chocolate and cocoa industries in Britain; supports the anti-Slavery League, Save the Children and all organisations pleading for the liberation of children from slavery; demands that, as a first move, the Scottish Executive and Her Majesty’s Government appoint investigators of the chocolate trade, and calls upon all catering suppliers to the Scottish Parliament to withdraw all products involving chocolate or cocoa as a first small public gesture of the outrage felt by MSPs.

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan, Dr Winnie Ewing, Mr John McAllion, Dennis Canavan, Ms Margo MacDonald

S1M-1846# Alasdair Morgan: Economic Recovery Plan for Dumfries and Galloway—That the Parliament recognises that Dumfries and Galloway has borne the brunt of the fight against foot and mouth disease in Scotland, a fight which has been carried out on behalf of all of Scotland; notes the very severe economic consequences for the area; welcomes the Economic Recovery Plan for Dumfries and Galloway produced by an inter-agency group of public and private bodies and presented to Scottish Ministers on 18 April 2001, and urges the Scottish Executive to support this plan.

Supported by: Bruce Crawford, Christine Grahame, Andrew Wilson, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Gil Paterson, Donald Gorrie, Tricia Marwick, Mr Murray Tosh, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Michael Matheson, Alex Fergusson, Fiona Hyslop, Robin Harper, David Mundell, Roseanna Cunningham, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Phil Gallie, John Scott, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Michael Russell, Irene McGugan, Fergus Ewing, Mr David Davidson, Bill Aitken, Nick Johnston, Dr Elaine Murray, Mr Alex Salmond, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Fiona McLeod, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Brian Adam, Mr Kenny MacAskill, David McLetchie, Ms Sandra White, Mr Jamie McGrigor

S1M-1844 Ms Margo MacDonald: Cost Limits of the Holyrood Project—That the Parliament believes, mindful of the terms of the resolution on the Holyrood project agreed to on 5 April 2000 and of the belief engendered by that resolution amongst people in Scotland that the new Parliament building would cost £195 million, that any revised cost limits, quality standards or completion dates under consideration by the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body or the Holyrood Progress Group must be laid for debate and approval before the Scottish Parliament.

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Gil Paterson, Donald Gorrie, Alex Neil, Christine Grahame, John Scott, David McLetchie, Mr Keith Harding, Bill Aitken, David Mundell, Phil Gallie, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Mr Murray Tosh, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh

S1M-1840# Patricia Ferguson: Partick Thistle Football Club - 2001 Year of Achievement—That the Parliament notes that Partick Thistle Football Club has completed a memorable season in its anniversary year, 2001, which has seen the club celebrate the 125th Anniversary of its founding, win the Scottish League Second Division Championship and succeed in gaining promotion to the First Division, further notes the important contribution made to the economy of Maryhill by Partick Thistle Football Club and congratulates the players, staff, management and supporters for their achievements this year.

Supported by: Mr Michael McMahon, Tricia Marwick, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Michael Matheson, Maureen Macmillan, Rhoda Grant, Robin Harper, Scott Barrie, Margaret Jamieson, David Mundell, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Mr Brian Monteith, Michael Russell, Bill Aitken, Des McNulty, Janis Hughes, Karen Whitefield, Mr Jamie Stone, Ms Sandra White, Mr John McAllion, Fiona McLeod, Cathy Peattie, Linda Fabiani, Bristow Muldoon, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Robert Brown, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Kay Ullrich

S1M-1838 Mr Jim Wallace: International Criminal Court (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the International Criminal Court (Scotland) Bill.

Supported by: Colin Boyd, Iain Gray

S1M-1834 Elaine Smith: Employment Rights of Pregnant Women—That the Parliament notes with concern the recent report by the National Association of Citizens Advice Bureaux which revealed that tens of thousands of women throughout the UK are still being sacked or illegally threatened with dismissal just because they are pregnant and asks that the Scottish Executive considers ways both of sending a message to the Scottish business sector that, such practices are not only illegal, but wholly unacceptable in modern Scotland, and of assisting smaller businesses to ensure that they can deliver the additional employment rights being introduced by Her Majesty’s Government.

Supported by: Dorothy-Grace Elder, Irene Oldfather, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Michael McMahon, Donald Gorrie, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Maureen Macmillan, Rhoda Grant, Robin Harper, Scott Barrie, Margaret Jamieson, Michael Russell, Nora Radcliffe, Marilyn Livingstone, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Jamie Stone, Mr Gil Paterson, Ms Sandra White, Mr John McAllion, Fiona McLeod, Cathy Peattie, Linda Fabiani, Pauline McNeill, Bristow Muldoon, Brian Adam, Cathy Jamieson, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Roseanna Cunningham, Elaine Thomson, Ms Margo MacDonald

S1M-1833 Angus MacKay: International Criminal Court (Scotland) Bill: Financial Resolution—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the International Criminal Court (Scotland) Bill, agrees to the expenditure payable out of the Scottish Consolidated Fund of the expenses of the Scottish Ministers in consequence of the Act.

Supported by: Peter Peacock

S1M-1816 Irene McGugan: Decline in Sports Facilities—That the Parliament notes that, according to a report by the Strathclyde University Scottish School of Sports Studies, children at one in seven secondary schools no longer have access to a grass playing field and that, despite government promises to promote sport, there is evidence of a serious long-term decline in the facilities available, almost 40% of schools do not have a football pitch and there is real concern also about community facilities which are closing down because of a lack of resources to maintain them; considers that this situation means that the already high obesity rate among young Scots will continue to rise in the future and that the nation’s performance in the world sporting arena will go into irreversible decline, and therefore calls upon the Scottish Executive to take positive steps to prioritise sport for children and young people and ensure that locally available and appropriate facilities are available.

Supported by: Mr Alex Salmond, Shona Robison, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Gil Paterson, Linda Fabiani, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Kay Ullrich, Michael Matheson, Christine Grahame, Tricia Marwick, Mr Andrew Welsh, Ms Sandra White, Andrew Wilson, Roseanna Cunningham, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Robert Brown, Donald Gorrie, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Alex Neil, Fiona Hyslop, Fiona McLeod, Ms Margo MacDonald, Michael Russell, Alasdair Morgan, Colin Campbell, Robin Harper, Fergus Ewing

S1M-1815 Robin Harper: United States and Kyoto Protocol—That the Parliament notes with grave concern the indication by President George W Bush that the United States of America may not ratify the 1997 Kyoto protocol on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and urges the United States to reconsider this position in the light of the harm that worsening climate change will inflict on all the peoples of the world.

Supported by: Hugh Henry, Tavish Scott, Shona Robison, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Tommy Sheridan, Dr Richard Simpson, Mike Watson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Linda Fabiani, Christine Grahame, Irene McGugan, Tricia Marwick, Dr Sylvia Jackson, Ms Sandra White, Andrew Wilson, Dennis Canavan, Scott Barrie, Mr Adam Ingram, Cathy Jamieson, Mr Gil Paterson, Robert Brown, Roseanna Cunningham, Donald Gorrie, Alex Neil, Fiona Hyslop, Dr Elaine Murray, Ms Margo MacDonald, Brian Adam, Alasdair Morgan, Pauline McNeill, Ian Jenkins, Dr Winnie Ewing, David Mundell, Nora Radcliffe, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Mr Jamie Stone, Elaine Smith, Mr John McAllion, Cathy Peattie, Bristow Muldoon

S1M-1814# Dr Richard Simpson: The Provision and Support for Augmentative and Alternative Communication—That the Parliament notes the CRAG report of 1997 The provision of and support for augmentative communication (AAC) in Scotland: equipment and services; welcomes the implementation of the Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act with its emphasis on communication, applauds the development of an AAC service in Forth Valley NHS Rehabilitation Service, but calls upon the Scottish Executive to fund research into the needs for AAC and to end the fragmentation and underfunding of AAC.

Supported by: Margaret Smith, Mr Keith Raffan, Brian Adam, Donald Gorrie, Mr John Farquhar Munro, Cathy Peattie, Trish Godman, Scott Barrie, Margaret Jamieson, Mr Michael McMahon, Irene Oldfather, Paul Martin, Mr Duncan McNeil, Bristow Muldoon, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Karen Whitefield, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Dr Sylvia Jackson, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Gil Paterson, Tricia Marwick, Rhoda Grant, Robin Harper, Dr Richard Simpson, Nora Radcliffe, Fergus Ewing, Des McNulty, Shona Robison, Marilyn Livingstone, Elaine Thomson, Mr Jamie Stone, Mr John McAllion, Pauline McNeill, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Tommy Sheridan, Dennis Canavan, Cathie Craigie, Elaine Smith, Johann Lamont, Maureen Macmillan, Helen Eadie, Roseanna Cunningham, Ms Sandra White, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Mr John Home Robertson, Janis Hughes, Linda Fabiani, Gordon Jackson, Irene McGugan, Robert Brown

S1M-1813 Fiona McLeod: Offshore Wind Farms—That the Parliament notes the Swedish environment ministry’s announcement of a 72 megawatt (MW) offshore wind farm, more than twice the current world record for such an installation; awaits the 160 MW Danish offshore wind farm planned for next year that will supply the power needs of 180,000 homes; expects the Scottish Executive to ask the Crown Estates to establish similar installations in Scotland’s coastal water, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to update the national grid’s capacity to enable renewable electricity sources to be used.

Supported by: Bruce Crawford, Roseanna Cunningham, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Tricia Marwick, Fiona Hyslop, Linda Fabiani, Mr Andrew Welsh, Mr Alex Salmond, Shona Robison, Tommy Sheridan, Brian Adam, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Gil Paterson, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Kay Ullrich, Michael Matheson, Christine Grahame, Irene McGugan, Ms Sandra White, Andrew Wilson, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Donald Gorrie, Alex Neil, Ms Margo MacDonald, Michael Russell, Alasdair Morgan, Colin Campbell, Dr Winnie Ewing, Robin Harper, Fergus Ewing

S1M-1785 John Young: War Memorial—That the Parliament acknowledges the bravery and sacrifice of the 35,000 British and Commonwealth personnel who died during the North African Campaign of World War II and supports the establishment of a war memorial in Libya.

Supported by: Andrew Wilson, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Donald Gorrie, Mr Adam Ingram, David Mundell, Bill Aitken, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Ben Wallace, Colin Campbell, Dennis Canavan, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Mr Murray Tosh, Phil Gallie, Mr Gil Paterson, Maureen Macmillan, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Robert Brown, John Scott, Alex Fergusson, Kay Ullrich, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Dr Elaine Murray, Michael Russell, Mr David Davidson, Mr Brian Monteith, Dr Winnie Ewing, Fergus Ewing, David McLetchie, Mr Keith Harding, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Mr Jamie McGrigor

S1M-1764# Dr Elaine Murray: Flood Prevention—That the Parliament notes the responsibility which local authorities have for flood prevention measures and also the need for them to give consideration to possible flood risks when considering planning applications; further notes that local authorities have access to estimated 100 year flood maps provided by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency for this purpose but is concerned that the scale of these maps, produced by the Institute of Hydrology, is 1:50,000 and that they only provide information in 50 square metre blocks; urges the Scottish Executive to give consideration to the effectiveness of these maps; believes that the Executive should work with all local authorities to identify areas of flood risk which are susceptible to flooding and to develop a national scheme to restrict or prohibit development on "at risk" areas, and further urges the Executive to produce a long term strategy for areas of development currently prone to flooding.

Supported by: Irene Oldfather, Michael Russell, Tommy Sheridan, Nora Radcliffe, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Mr John Home Robertson, Alasdair Morgan, Trish Godman, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Cathy Peattie, Ms Margo MacDonald, Mr Keith Raffan, Shona Robison, Rhoda Grant, Pauline McNeill, Andrew Wilson, Alex Neil, Fiona Hyslop, Mr Adam Ingram, David Mundell, Mr Gil Paterson, Maureen Macmillan, Alex Fergusson, Kay Ullrich, Christine Grahame, Dr Sylvia Jackson, Mary Scanlon, Roseanna Cunningham, Karen Whitefield, Cathy Jamieson, Margaret Jamieson, Robin Harper, Fergus Ewing, Mr Jamie Stone, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Elaine Thomson

S1M-1763# Mr John McAllion: Specialist Clinic for ME—That the Parliament, in view of 2001 being the Year of the Severely Affected with ME and in view of ME Awareness Week in May 2001, acknowledges the suffering of an estimated fifteen thousand patients with myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) and/or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) including an estimated two and a half thousand children, and asks the Scottish Executive to commission urgently a strategic needs review assessment into ME and CFS and to set up a specialist ME and CFS clinic for diagnosis and treatment of sufferers.

Supported by: Alex Fergusson, Linda Fabiani, Irene Oldfather, Michael Russell, Tommy Sheridan, Donald Gorrie, Elaine Smith, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Johann Lamont, Alasdair Morgan, Cathy Peattie, Ms Margo MacDonald, Brian Adam, Mr Keith Raffan, Shona Robison, Rhoda Grant, Pauline McNeill, Andrew Wilson, Alex Neil, Fiona Hyslop, Mr David Davidson, Mr Adam Ingram, David Mundell, Tricia Marwick, Dr Elaine Murray, Nora Radcliffe, Trish Godman, Mr Gil Paterson, Ms Sandra White, Maureen Macmillan, Mr Michael McMahon, Richard Lochhead, Kay Ullrich, Christine Grahame, Bruce Crawford, John Scott, Mr Murray Tosh, John Young, Mr Keith Harding, Mr Andrew Welsh, Mr Alex Salmond, Mary Scanlon, Phil Gallie, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Dr Winnie Ewing, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Cathy Jamieson, Alex Johnstone, Margaret Jamieson, Nick Johnston, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Mr Andy Kerr, Miss Annabel Goldie, David McLetchie, Ian Jenkins, Mr Brian Monteith, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Ben Wallace, Robin Harper, Dennis Canavan, Mr John Farquhar Munro, Fergus Ewing, Bill Aitken, Roseanna Cunningham, Nicola Sturgeon, Colin Campbell, Mr Mike Rumbles, Mr Jamie Stone, George Lyon, Tavish Scott, Mike Watson, Bristow Muldoon, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Irene McGugan, Mr John Swinney, Margaret Smith, Elaine Thomson, Robert Brown

S1M-1759# John Scott: National Association of Rape Crisis Centres—That the Parliament recognises the good work done by rape crisis centres throughout Scotland, supports the creation of a National Association of Rape Crisis Centres and believes that adequate funding should be put in place to support such a national association and its work.

Supported by: Mr Kenneth Gibson, Alex Neil, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Linda Fabiani, Michael Russell, Tommy Sheridan, Donald Gorrie, Andrew Wilson, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Alasdair Morgan, Fiona McLeod, Ms Margo MacDonald, Brian Adam, Mr Keith Raffan, Shona Robison, Fiona Hyslop, Richard Lochhead, Mr David Davidson, David Mundell, Tricia Marwick, Nora Radcliffe, Ms Sandra White, Alex Fergusson, Kay Ullrich, Mary Scanlon, Roseanna Cunningham, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Dr Winnie Ewing, Fergus Ewing

S1M-1740# Michael Matheson: Lung Disease in Scotland—That the Parliament notes the increased incidence of lung disease, in particular the rising number of women suffering from lung cancer; further notes the inconsistent way in which services are provided within the NHSiS for those who suffer from lung disease; recognises the need for greater research into lung disease in Scotland, much of which is presently funded by the British Lung Foundation; congratulates the British Lung Foundation on the work of its Breatheasy groups in providing support to those in local communities who suffer from lung disease, and acknowledges the need to give consideration to the formation of a national strategy to tackle lung disease in Scotland.

Supported by: Andrew Wilson, Michael Russell, Christine Grahame, Brian Adam, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Shona Robison, Tommy Sheridan, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Fergus Ewing, Kay Ullrich, Nick Johnston, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Gil Paterson, Fiona McLeod, Dennis Canavan, Bruce Crawford, Linda Fabiani, Dr Winnie Ewing, Colin Campbell, Alex Neil, Fiona Hyslop, Ms Sandra White, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Ben Wallace, Mary Scanlon, Irene McGugan, Cathy Peattie, Mr Alex Salmond, Donald Gorrie, Mr Andrew Welsh, Nicola Sturgeon, Mr David Davidson, David Mundell, Mr Keith Harding, Roseanna Cunningham

S1M-1738# Mr Adam Ingram: The Stigma of Mental Illness—That the Parliament notes that a quarter of all Scots will suffer from mental illness at some point in their lives; believes that recovery, treatment and acceptability of mental illness are severely hindered by its negative and taboo image and by public ignorance, and considers that the best way to combat the stigma surrounding mental illness is to introduce a high profile anti-stigma and public education campaign such as the People Too campaign launched this month by the Scottish Association for Mental Health, Penumbra, National Schizophrenia Fellowship and The Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Supported by: Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Shona Robison, Tommy Sheridan, Fergus Ewing, Tricia Marwick, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Fiona McLeod, Colin Campbell, Alex Neil, Fiona Hyslop, Ms Sandra White, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Ben Wallace, Mary Scanlon, Robert Brown, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Kay Ullrich, Linda Fabiani, Michael Russell, Donald Gorrie, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Andrew Wilson, Irene McGugan, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Nick Johnston, Ms Margo MacDonald, Brian Adam, Mr Keith Raffan, Richard Lochhead, Mr David Davidson, David Mundell, Karen Whitefield, Robin Harper, Roseanna Cunningham

 

 
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