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Business Bulletin No. 51/2002

Monday 25 March 2002

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. The full text of all motions lodged the previous week will appear in the Business Bulletin the following 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-2934 Mr Jim Wallace: The Draft Police Act 1997 (Enhanced Criminal Record Certificates) (Protection of Vulnerable Adults) (Scotland) Regulations 2002—That the Justice 2 Committee recommends that the draft Police Act 1997 (Enhanced Criminal Record Certificates) (Protection of Vulnerable Adults) (Scotland) Regulations 2002 be approved.

Supported by: Dr Richard Simpson*

S1M-2933 Ms Margo MacDonald: Alain Baxter—That the Parliament condemns the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for its failure to institute a standard of testing methamphetamine in Alain Baxter’s test sample which would have shown conclusively that the Olympic Bronze medallist did not enhance his performance in the Winter Olympics by the illegal use of the stimulant d-methamphetamine but that the nasal spray which caused amphetamine to be registered in his test contained l-methamphetamine which is acknowledged by Professor Arnold Beckett, formerly a member of the IOC medical commission, to be a non-stimulant which would have had no effect whatsoever on Alain Baxter’s performance, and therefore urges the IOC to re-instate Alain Baxter’s Olympic medal.

Supported by: Fergus Ewing*, Ms Sandra White*, Andrew Wilson*, Alex Neil*, Mr Adam Ingram*, Mr Kenny MacAskill*, Elaine Smith*, Mr Gil Paterson*, Mr Lloyd Quinan*, Fiona Hyslop*, Bristow Muldoon*, Robin Harper*

S1M-2932 Mary Scanlon: World Association of Flower Arrangers—That the Parliament welcomes the visit to Scotland by the World Association of Flower Arrangers, congratulates the City of Glasgow and the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre on hosting the seventh World Flower Show (Floramondi) which is scheduled to take place from Thursday 13 to Sunday 16 June 2002 and wishes this prestigious event every success; further congratulates the organisers for securing over 200 trade stands and selling over 20,000 tickets; acknowledges that this showcase for the World Association of Flower Arrangers is also a major opportunity to boost tourism in both the City of Glasgow and throughout Scotland, and notes the support of the Greater Glasgow and Clyde Valley Tourist Board and Scottish Enterprise Glasgow in helping to sponsor and promote this memorable event.

Supported by: Mr Jamie McGrigor, Phil Gallie, Murdo Fraser, David Mundell, John Scott, Bill Aitken, Mr David Davidson, Mr Keith Harding

S1M-2931# Mary Scanlon: Parkinson's Awareness Week—That the Parliament acknowledges Parkinson’s Awareness Week, 8-14 April 2002; recognises the impact Parkinson’s Disease has on 12,000 people in Scotland as well as their families, friends and carers; congratulates the Parkinson’s Disease Society on raising awareness of this degenerative and debilitating condition; notes the serious difficulties often caused by the lack of awareness of the impact of Parkinson’s Disease, particularly with regard to its prevalence in younger people, the fluctuations in symptoms and also the importance of the timing of medication; applauds the Society’s education programme to deliver essential information and advice to a wide range of professionals, organisations and individuals, and considers that the Scottish Executive should give priority status to neurological and other long term conditions, promote better understanding throughout the healthcare professions and continue to address the variation in standards and access to services across the country through a National Service Framework for Neurological Conditions in close consultation with people with Parkinson’s Disease and other specialists in the field.

Supported by: Mr Jamie McGrigor, Phil Gallie, Bill Aitken, David McLetchie, Murdo Fraser, David Mundell, John Scott, Mr David Davidson, Mr Keith Harding R

S1M-2930 Fergus Ewing: Inverness Air Links - Public Service Obligation—That the Parliament recognises the huge significance of direct links between Inverness Airport and London hub airports to the economic and social well-being of the Highlands and Islands, particularly in relation to tourism, exports, the business economy and employment; notes that the peripherality of Inverness and the dependence of the Highlands on air transport are unusual in UK terms and that other transport links from the north of Scotland cannot provide an adequate substitute for the established air links; believes that the absence of a fast alternative adds weight to the case for the imposition of a Public Service Obligation (PSO) which would allow the ring-fencing of the Gatwick slots, which is necessary for the continued operation of the service; further believes that early implementation of a PSO is crucial, and calls on the Scottish Executive to press further the case for a PSO with the Department for Transport, Local Government and the Regions and press for that Department to approach the European Commission on this matter as was done by the previous Minister for Transport and Planning.

Supported by: Stewart Stevenson, John Farquhar Munro, Fiona McLeod, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Dr Winnie Ewing, Brian Adam, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Colin Campbell, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Roseanna Cunningham, Irene McGugan, Ms Sandra White*, Michael Matheson*, Alex Neil*, Fiona Hyslop*

S1M-2926# Pauline McNeill: Teenage Cancer Trust - Beatson Oncology Unit—That the Parliament pledges its support to the campaign to raise 750,000 for the first ever specialist teenage cancer ward to be set up in Scotland by the Teenage Cancer Trust at the Beatson Oncology Unit in Glasgow.

Supported by: Robin Harper

S1M-2925 Irene Oldfather: Ethical Threads—That the Parliament welcomes the introduction of the "Ethical Threads" branding; notes that tee-shirts carrying the brand are sourced from ethically sound companies and co-operatives that employ good labour practices, provide safe and hygienic working conditions and pay workers a living wage; further notes that the vast majority of tee-shirts currently sold in the music merchandising sector are produced by sweatshop labour, and therefore calls on the musical artists and promotion companies of Scotland to adopt the Ethical Threads trademark as a means of insisting that sweatshop exploitation plays no further part in the music merchandising business.

Supported by: Jackie Baillie, Tavish Scott, Brian Fitzpatrick, Robin Harper, Richard Lochhead, Johann Lamont, Mr Michael McMahon, Mr John McAllion, Margaret Jamieson, Trish Godman, Elaine Thomson, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Nora Radcliffe*

S1M-2924 Ian Jenkins: Bill McLaren—That the Parliament congratulates Bill McLaren on his remarkable career in broadcasting as the unmistakable voice of rugby football, a career spanning fifty years in the course of which he has become recognised as a much admired ambassador for rugby, for Scotland and for the Borders.

Supported by: Margaret Smith, Robin Harper

S1M-2917# Elaine Smith: In-House Provision of Public Services—That the Parliament congratulates North Glasgow University Hospitals NHS Trust on its decision to transfer porters and domestic staff at Stobhill Hospital, previously outsourced, back into the employment of the NHS trust on 1 May 2002; further congratulates UNISON on its "Positively Public" campaign, which includes support for the principle of having public services of the highest quality provided by an in-house team, and believes that the in-house model of public service provision should be extended right across Scotland.

Supported by: Mr John McAllion

S1M-2916 Johann Lamont: Launch of Burnbrae Primary School Drug Free Zone—That the Parliament congratulates Burnbrae Primary School on becoming a drug-free zone; notes the hard work of the Task Force, which was entirely made up of pupils, in making it happen; applauds the staff, parents, pupils, police, Glasgow City Council and Scotland Against Drugs for the commitment shown in participating in this initiative, and urges the Scottish Executive and the appropriate committees of the Parliament to do all they can to promote initiatives such as this, which place young people at the centre of the process and empower them to make positive choices in their lives.

Supported by: Marilyn Livingstone, Jackie Baillie, Brian Fitzpatrick, Karen Whitefield

S1M-2915 Removal of Chewing Gum from our Streets (lodged on 15 March 2002) Mr Kenny MacAskill*

S1M-2914.1 Bruce Crawford: GM Crop Trials—As an amendment to motion (S1M-2914) in the name of Iain Smith, leave out from second "that" to end and insert ", with grave concern, that the Scottish Executive has approved the planting of a GM oilseed rape crop at three trial sites in Scotland this spring and encourages ministers to take full responsibility for Scotland’s environment by using the devolved powers available to them to reverse their environmentally-damaging decision."

Supported by: Robin Harper, Michael Russell*

S1M-2913 Skill Force Pilot Scheme (lodged on 14 March 2002) Mr Keith Harding*

S1M-2912 Streaming in Schools (lodged on 14 March 2002) Mr Keith Harding*

S1M-2906 Mr John McAllion: Criminal Responsibility and the Piper Alpha Disaster—That the Parliament recalls the killing of 167 men in the Piper Alpha disaster which was the result of the negligence of the Occidental Oil Company, as clearly demonstrated by the Public Inquiry into the disaster; notes that there has never been a parliamentary inquiry into the Crown Office’s decision not to prosecute in this case, and therefore calls for such an inquiry into that decision.

S1M-2905# Market Opening of Postal Services in Scotland (lodged on 14 March 2002) Michael Russell*, Fiona Hyslop*

S1M-2902 UN Resolution on State of Palestine (lodged on 13 March 2002) Michael Russell*

S1M-2899 Attack on Scottish Fishermen by Struan Stevenson MEP (lodged on 13 March 2002) Mr Kenny MacAskill*, Michael Russell*

S1M-2895 The Hollies 2002 Appeal (lodged on 13 March 2002) Mr Kenny MacAskill*

S1M-2894 Cathy Jamieson: Education (Disability Strategies And Pupils Records) (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees that the Education (Disability Strategies and Pupils’ Records) (Scotland) Bill be passed.

Supported by: Nicol Stephen, Margaret Jamieson

S1M-2888# End-of-Life Refrigerators and Freezers (lodged on 12 March 2002) Mr Kenny MacAskill*

S1M-2887# GM Trials, Newport (lodged on 12 March 2002) Mr Kenny MacAskill*

S1M-2886 Rural Postal Services (lodged on 12 March 2002) Mr Kenny MacAskill*

S1M-2885# Cathy Peattie: Hamish Henderson—That the Parliament notes with regret the death of Hamish Henderson and wishes to place on record its appreciation of his lifetime devotion to international solidarity, peace and socialism, his many contributions to Scottish culture and politics, including his role in gathering traditional songs, his support for other artists and his authorship of the song that many believe should be Scotland’s (inter) national anthem, The Freedom Come All Ye.

Supported by: Bill Butler, Tommy Sheridan, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Alex Neil, Nora Radcliffe, Shona Robison, Donald Gorrie, Jackie Baillie, Mr Michael McMahon, Maureen Macmillan, Mr John McAllion, Marilyn Livingstone, Robin Harper

S1M-2877# Hamish Henderson (lodged on 11 March 2002) Mr Kenny MacAskill*

S1M-2867 Bagpipe Tuition in Schools (lodged on 8 March 2002) Mr Kenny MacAskill*

S1M-2861 School Repairs Fund (lodged on 7 March 2002) Mr Kenny MacAskill*

S1M-2822# Sale and Use of Fireworks (lodged on 1 March 2002) Mr Kenny MacAskill*

S1M-2711# UN 0.7% GNP Target for Development Assistance (lodged on 6 February 2002) Mr Kenny MacAskill*