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Business Bulletin No. 157/2001

Friday 2 November 2001

Section F : Motions and Amendments


A full list of outstanding motions is available to view each Monday in paper copy at the Chamber Desk or alternatively on the Scottish Parliament web site as Outstanding Motions.

*S1M-2399# Fergus Ewing: Proposed New Testing System of Scallops-That the Parliament views with extreme concern the proposal from the European Commission (EC) of a new level for testing toxin amounts in scallops of 4.6 micrograms per gram of flesh; notes that the existing level of 20 micrograms has been employed for the last three years and that no single case of amnesic shellfish poisoning has been detected over that period; believes that this new lower limit has not been proposed on the basis of any verifiable scientific data; considers that the Food Standards Agency Scotland (FSA) should report to the Parliament, setting out its views on these new proposals; further believes that if this new level proposed by the EC is implemented it will threaten the livelihood of many fishermen whilst not providing any demonstrable benefit for the purpose of the protection of public health; expresses further concern at the unnecessary complexity of the testing system proposed by the EU Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning Working Group, and finally believes that the consultation by the FSA on whether scallop products should carry a health warning may needlessly put off consumers from eating shellfish and has no function given the record of no single case of poisoning from scallops in the last three years.

*S1M-2398# Shona Robison: Digital Hearing Aids-That the Parliament notes with concern that less than 1% of people in Scotland who need a hearing aid have access to free digital hearing aids through the NHS; recognises that many people are still given inadequate analogue aids by the health service which are based on technology which has not changed since the 1970s; is aware that people with inadequate hearing aids become increasingly isolated because they cannot communicate with others; further notes that free digital hearing aids have already been introduced into 20 NHS hospitals in England, and considers that the Scottish Executive should, as a matter of urgency, make a commitment to providing digital hearing aids for all on the NHS as advocated by the Royal Institute for Deaf People.

*S1M-2397# Mr Mike Rumbles: Arbuthnott Formula and Funding of Grampian Health Board-That the Parliament notes with concern the current financial pressure facing Grampian Health Board and the consequences this will have for health services in the region; notes that Grampian has the lowest per capita health funding in Scotland and is concerned that this will continue to be the position in 2004; believes that this situation is a result of the inadequacy of the Arbuthnott formula for identifying the financial needs of health boards with large rural populations, and therefore believes that the operation of the formula should be reviewed to ensure that finance is allocated on a basis that will give both rural and urban populations the same standard of health care.
Supported by: George Lyon*, Nora Radcliffe*, Donald Gorrie*, John Farquhar Munro*, Brian Adam*, Irene McGugan*

*S1M-2396 Bruce Crawford: Moratorium on GM Foods-That the Parliament congratulates Europe's environment ministers for rejecting European Commission plans to lift the current moratorium on approving new genetically-modified plant varieties; welcomes the positive effect this decision will have on protecting public health and the environment; expresses disappointment and dismay at the support of Her Majesty's Government for the lifting of the moratorium, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to attempt to persuade Her Majesty's Government to change its position and ensure that the moratorium remains in place.
Supported by: Fiona McLeod*, Fiona Hyslop*, Mr Kenneth Gibson*, Brian Adam*

*S1M-2395# Helen Eadie: Remploy and Social Inclusion-That the Parliament notes the work of Remploy in supporting the employment of over 1,000 people with disabilities and in running the first Scottish call-centre staffed by disabled people to handle all UK enquiries on the New Deal for disabled people, and recognises the contribution which Remploy makes to furthering social inclusion and tapping into the talents of people in Scotland who might otherwise struggle to gain employment.
Supported by: Donald Gorrie*

*S1M-2393 Brian Adam: Science and the Parliament Event, November 15 2001-That the Parliament welcomes the "Science and the Parliament" event being held on 15 November 2001, organised by the Royal Society of Chemistry in association with Scotland's leading science organisations; notes the contribution of Scotland's 40,000 scientists to our economy and environmental and social improvements; further notes that Scotland has some of the best scientists in the world and does some of the best science; welcomes the Scottish Executive's adoption of a science strategy and supports the efforts to foster an environment in which pupils and students want to study science, to invest in the science infrastructure and equipment of our educational establishments, to increase investment in research along with supporting greater industrial research and to improve support for commercialising our world beating research.
Supported by: Donald Gorrie*

*S1M-2392 Elaine Thomson: Enough is Enough-That the Parliament congratulates the Enough is Enough group from Mastrick in Aberdeen, who were recently awarded the Emma Humphreys Memorial Prize for raising awareness of the fight for the protection of women and children from domestic abuse, and notes and applauds the extremely hard work which the group has put in over many years in campaigning to change the law in order to further protect women and children suffering from abuse which culminated in the Protection from Abuse (Scotland) Bill.

S1M-2389 Centrally Held Information (lodged on 31 October 2001) Stewart Stevenson*, Michael Matheson*, Fiona McLeod*

S1M-2388# Son-Rise Program (lodged on 31 October 2001) Michael Matheson*

S1M-2387 The Charter for Equality and Diversity in Ageing (lodged on 31 October 2001) Stewart Stevenson*, Michael Matheson*, Donald Gorrie*, Fiona McLeod*

S1M-2386 Wallace Clan Contribution to New York Fire Department Fund (lodged on 30 October 2001) Fiona McLeod*

S1M-2385 Tibet (lodged on 30 October 2001) Michael Russell*, Donald Gorrie*

S1M-2378 Glasgow's Museums (lodged on 30 October 2001) Michael Russell*

S1M-2376 Use of Cannabis (lodged on 29 October 2001) Donald Gorrie*, Fiona McLeod*

S1M-2375 Literature on Scottish History, Heritage and Culture (lodged on 29 October 2001) Donald Gorrie*

S1M-2374 Close the Cattle Incinerator at Carntyne, Glasgow (lodged on 29 October 2001) Fiona McLeod*, Stewart Stevenson*, Ms Sandra White*

S1M-2373# Psychiatric Hospital Closures (lodged on 26 October 2001) Stewart Stevenson*

S1M-2372 Institutional Racism (lodged on 26 October 2001) Christine Grahame*, Donald Gorrie*

S1M-2371 Licensing of the Sale of Fireworks (lodged on 26 October 2001) Christine Grahame*, Donald Gorrie*

S1M-2368 People Management in Scottish Universities (lodged on 25 October 2001) Des McNulty*, Alex Neil*, Cathy Peattie*, Nora Radcliffe*, Dr Richard Simpson*, Stewart Stevenson*, Margaret Jamieson*, Helen Eadie*, Michael Russell*, Trish Godman*, Dr Sylvia Jackson*, Mr Michael McMahon*, Mr Andrew Welsh*, Dr Elaine Murray*, Donald Gorrie*, Marilyn Livingstone*, Mr Kenneth Macintosh*, Ms Sandra White*

S1M-2367 Outdoor Access for All (lodged on 25 October 2001) Donald Gorrie*

S1M-2366# Consultation and Advocacy Promotion Service (lodged on 25 October 2001) Donald Gorrie*, Elaine Smith*, Marilyn Livingstone*

S1M-2365 Control and Storage of Fireworks (lodged on 25 October 2001) Christine Grahame*, Donald Gorrie*

S1M-2364 Cast Ewe Compensation Scheme (lodged on 25 October 2001) Donald Gorrie*

S1M-2361 Cosmic Rough Riders (lodged on 25 October 2001) Marilyn Livingstone*

S1M-2360 The Pearce Institute in Govan (lodged on 24 October 2001) Donald Gorrie*, Marilyn Livingstone*

S1M-2359 Sue Ryder Care Home, Marchmont House, Greenlaw (lodged on 24 October 2001) Mr Brian Monteith*, Donald Gorrie*

S1M-2357 Scottish National Theatre Company (lodged on 24 October 2001) Donald Gorrie*

S1M-2356 International Criminal Court (lodged on 24 October 2001) Donald Gorrie*, Nora Radcliffe*

S1M-2345# Scottish Science Library and Scottish Business Information Service (lodged on 23 October 2001) Donald Gorrie*

S1M-2339# Violence Against Women - 16 Days Campaign 2001, 25 November - 10 December 2001 (lodged on 22 October 2001) Margaret Jamieson*, Kate MacLean*, Mike Watson*, Johann Lamont*, Donald Gorrie*, Marilyn Livingstone*, Mr Kenneth Macintosh*, Nora Radcliffe*

S1M-2338# Pay Scales for New Teachers (lodged on 22 October 2001) Nora Radcliffe*

S1M-2337# Scottish Science Library (lodged on 22 October 2001) Donald Gorrie*

S1M-2334 Airdrieonians Football Club (lodged on 19 October 2001) Donald Gorrie*

S1M-2322 Have a Heart Paisley (lodged on 12 October 2001) Elaine Smith*

S1M-2319# Future of Highland Air Services (lodged on 11 October 2001) Elaine Smith*

S1M-2305# Scottish Huntington's Association (lodged on 4 October 2001) Elaine Smith*

S1M-2302# Introduction of a Pollution Inventory (lodged on 4 October 2001) Irene McGugan*

S1M-2294# Welfare Rights Service (lodged on 3 October 2001) Elaine Smith*

S1M-2292# Scottish Local Authorities Welfare Rights Advisors (lodged on 4 October 2001) Elaine Smith*

S1M-2291# Conference of Women Parliamentarians held in the Chamber, 28 and 29 September 2001 (lodged on 3 October 2001) Elaine Smith*

S1M-2243# Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (lodged on 20 September 2001) Mr Frank McAveety*, Janis Hughes*

S1M-2215 Glasgow Show (lodged on 12 September 2001) Elaine Smith*

S1M-2184# Contract Research Staff (lodged on 6 September 2001) Mr Andrew Welsh*, Fiona Hyslop*

S1M-1814# The Provision and Support for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (lodged on 29 March 2001) Alex Johnstone*