Business Bulletin No. 80/2002
Thursday 16 May 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. Each Monday the full text of all motions lodged the previous week will appear in the Business Bulletin together with motions previously lodged that are due to be debated that week.
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-3122 Mr Brian Monteith: UNISON Campaign to Avoid Cuts in Public Spending-That the Parliament welcomes the new campaign launched by UNISON, the UK's largest trade union, against the United Kingdom joining the European Single Currency and notes its concern that joining the euro would be a disaster for public services if public spending had to be cut to comply with European Central Bank spending limits.
*S1M-3121 Mr Brian Monteith: Economic Independence of Portugal-That the Parliament notes the abandonment by the Portugese Government of its economic agenda due to the threat of potential fines and a reduction in European Union development subsidies if it were to breach the tight restrictions of the Stability and Growth Pact which are required as a member of the euro currency and further notes that VAT will rise from 17% to 19%, civil service recruitment has been halted, 30 publicly funded institutions are to close and the independent Government of Portugal has withdrawn its plans to reduce corporation tax which was planned to help kick start its low growth economy.
*S1M-3120 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Substitution on Committees-That the Parliament agrees the following nominated committee substitutes for the Liberal Democrat Party as permitted under Rule 6.3A-
*S1M-3119 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Membership of Committee-That the Parliament agrees that Elaine Thomson be appointed to the Finance Committee.
Supported by: Euan Robson*
*S1M-3118 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Substitution on Committees-That the Parliament agrees the following nominated committee substitutes for the Scottish National Party as permitted under Rule 6.3A-
*S1M-3117 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Substitution on Committees-That the Parliament agrees the following nominated committee substitutes for the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party as permitted under Rule 6.3A-
*S1M-3116# Richard Lochhead: Use of Fairtrade Products-That the Parliament congratulates the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body (SPCB) for offering Fairtrade tea and coffee to members and staff; looks forward to the steps that the SPCB will take to extend the range of fairly traded products; calls upon local authorities throughout Scotland to promote Fairtrade products in their offices and also within local communities by asking supermarkets and local shops to stock Fairtrade products; congratulates those cities and areas such as Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Dundee, Strathaven and the Isle of Skye for taking this initiative and considers that the Scottish Executive should take the lead and help Scotland become the world's first "Fairtrade country".
*S1M-3115 Ms Sandra White: University of Glasgow Scottish Politics Course-That the Parliament congratulates the University of Glasgow on its decision to recommence the honours level course in Scottish politics; believes that in this post-devolution era this course is a great asset to the Scottish academic and political community and hopes to see the continuation of this course for many years to come, and congratulates Professor Chris Berry and the excellent Politics Department at the university for taking on board the representations of many who were concerned at the loss of this course.
*S1M-3114# Ms Sandra White: Glasgow Trongate Regeneration-That the Parliament pledges its full support for the campaign launched by traders in Glasgow's Trongate for the regeneration of the area; notes with concern that the area has suffered from neglect and decline in recent years whilst other parts of the city have benefited from regeneration; supports the demands of the traders for steps to be taken for the area's regeneration, including a new railway station at Glasgow Cross as part of the Glasgow CrossRail scheme, and considers that the Scottish Executive should ensure that measures are put in place to achieve the area's regeneration.
*S1M-3113# Karen Whitefield: Diabetes Week 9-15 June 2002-That the Parliament welcomes Diabetes Week from 9-15 June 2002 and commends Diabetes UK on its hard-hitting campaign, "Diabetes - possible to deal with, deadly to ignore", which underlines the seriousness of diabetes in that, according to research funded by Diabetes UK, people with diabetes are nearly twice as likely to die prematurely as people without the condition; recognises the implications for public health and health education of the recent diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes in children, and believes that the necessary steps should be taken to ensure that people in Scotland, including children, have access to information on diabetes, are made aware of the seriousness of the condition and are supported to adopt healthy lifestyles.
*S1M-3112 Mr Mike Rumbles: Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner Bill − Stage 3-That the Parliament agrees that the Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner Bill be passed.
*S1M-3106.1 Nicola Sturgeon: Investment and Reform in Health and Community Care-As an amendment to motion (S1M-3106) in the name of Malcolm Chisholm, leave out from first "welcomes" to end and insert "regrets that the sustainability of investment in health is dependent solely on decisions taken by Her Majesty's Government rather than determined by the Scottish Parliament; agrees that reform in the delivery of health care is essential if we are to create a modern NHS which improves health and tackles health inequalities throughout Scotland, is transparent in its operation and publicly accountable, and prioritises the needs and expectations of patients and service users; is concerned that the Scottish Executive's use of the Private Finance Initiative and private healthcare capacity to redress decades of under-funding by the Tories damages the NHS and undermines the principle of a universal service that is free at the point of need; is further concerned that waiting lists and times are manipulated to the point of being meaningless, and believes that continuing reduction in the NHS acute sector capacity and staff shortages across the range of healthcare professions must be reversed if the NHS is to tackle effectively the crucial issues of bed blocking, waiting lists and times and hospital-acquired infection which remain fundamental obstructions to improving the health of the people of Scotland."
Supported by: Shona Robison*
*S1M-3106.2 Tommy Sheridan: Investment and Reform in Health and Community Care-As an amendment to motion (S1M-3106) in the name of Malcolm Chisholm, insert at end "however, believes that the voice of the health workers articulated by the main health union UNISON, the Royal College of Nursing and the STUC on behalf of all health workers is not being listened to sufficiently, particularly in relation to the use of private finance and the need to tackle low wages and therefore agrees to reject the Executive's Private Finance Initiatives in favour of proper public investment and to prioritise wages for low paid health workers and nurses."
*S1M-3106.3 Mary Scanlon: Investment and Reform in Health and Community Care-As an amendment to motion (S1M-3106) in the name of Malcolm Chisholm, leave out from first "welcomes" to end and insert "agrees that investment in health must be accompanied by reform that is focused on the needs and expectations of patients and service users; supports a collaborative approach to reform which involves patients, staff and the wider public; believes that improving health and tackling health inequalities in both urban and rural Scotland should be central features of the reform agenda; regrets the failure of the Scottish Executive to deal with delayed discharge and hospital-acquired infection; notes that medical activity has decreased, and further notes that the Scottish Executive's National Waiting Times Unit has only achieved success after utilising the independent sector."
*S1M-3105.1 Bruce Crawford: National Waste Strategy-As an amendment to motion (S1M-3105) in the name of Ross Finnie, leave out from "supports" to end and insert "notes that in February 2000 the European Commission applied for a declaration that the UK had failed to fulfil its obligations in particular under Council Directive 75/442/EEC of 15 July 1975 on waste, and that the UK accepted this failure and the European Court of Justice found the UK (including Scotland) in breach of a number of waste related Directives; further notes that the National Waste Strategy was published in 1999 together with a commitment to the production of Area Waste Plans by the end of 2000 and that this target date was subsequently extended to a final deadline of March 2002; is concerned with the slow progress being made towards the better management of waste in Scotland, and believes that in order to speed up progress the Executive must firstly introduce mandatory targets, on an all Scotland basis, of 30% to 35% for recycling and composting of household waste by 2010."
*S1M-3105.2 Tommy Sheridan: National Waste Strategy-As an amendment to motion (S1M-3105) in the name of Ross Finnie, leave out from "commends" to end and insert "believes that the Scottish Executive must take the lead on reducing waste and should refuse permission for all new landfill or incinerator applications until a national waste strategy is in place and that this strategy should have at its core a reduction of waste at the beginning of the stream, i.e. packaging, junk mail and a three-stream collection system aiming at a zero waste target such as is already being practised successfully in communities in the USA, Europe and England; further believes that waste must be dealt with in the local authority area where it is produced and not transported about the country to become someone else's problem, and finally believes that a further vital strategy must be the prevention of waste at the point of production which is already being implemented in other European countries, where manufacturers are fined heavily if they produce non-bio-degradable waste."
*S1M-3105.3 John Scott: National Waste Strategy-As an amendment to motion (S1M-3105.3) in the name of Ross Finnie, leave out from "commends" to end and insert "welcomes the preparation of draft area waste plans; regrets the slow progress being made towards ambitious recycling targets being set in the National Waste Plan; notes the need to build on work done already by local authorities, and recognises the need for community involvement and ownership of the problems of waste disposal at all levels to make a National Waste Strategy effective throughout Scotland."
*S1M-3105.4 Robin Harper: National Waste Strategy-As an amendment to motion (S1M-3105) in the name of Ross Finnie, leave out from "supports" to end and insert "notes that conservation of natural resources, reduction of pollution and creation of employment could be achieved through a National Waste Plan based on minimisation, reuse and recycling of commercial and household waste, that the generation of waste in Scotland is increasing, that most of the waste generated in Scotland arises from commercial and industrial sources, and notes with concern that Scotland currently recycles only about 6% of its household waste; welcomes the publication by local authorities of Area Waste Plans which demonstrate the economic and environmental benefit of minimisation and recycling of waste as an alternative to incineration and landfill dumping; is concerned that there has been insufficient guidance from the Executive for both local authorities and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency to implement Area Waste Plans that are based on waste minimisation and recycling and therefore that the Executive's current approach will result in increasing waste generation, the building of several new waste incinerators and continued low levels of waste recycling; is further concerned that community recycling stakeholders are not funded nor sufficiently consulted on the National Waste Plan, and therefore calls on the Executive to adopt a strategy of Zero Waste within the National Waste Plan, based on waste minimisation and recycling, to include mandatory consultation with community-based recyclers, and towards this strategy in the short term (a) to fund investment in kerbside collections from every home, as well as increased recycling at Civic Amenity Sites and an expansion of the existing network of recycling collection sites, (b) to oppose plans for new waste incinerators in Aberdeen and the Highlands; (c) to increase the Strategic Waste Fund to at least £150 million and allow community-based recyclers access to this fund, (d) to stop importation of waste into Scotland from other countries and (e) to set a mandatory target for local authorities for at least 35% recycling of household waste by 2010."
S1M-3104# Community Police Officers (lodged on 14 May 2002) Michael Matheson*
*S1M-3103.1 Tommy Sheridan: The Golden Jubilee-As an amendment to motion (S1M-3103) in the name of Mr Jack McConnell, leave out from "congratulates" to end and insert "believes that the position of Her Majesty the Queen and the monarchy represent the worst excesses of the extreme inequality of wealth and power which undermine society as a whole; calls on Her Majesty the Queen to pay full inheritance tax on the estate left to her by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, and believes that Scotland's future is as an independent republic where the people are sovereign and are recognised as citizens, not subjects as is the case currently under our archaic and outdated monarchy arrangement."
S1M-3101# Local Authority Funding (lodged on 14 May 2002) Kate Maclean*
S1M-3099# Funding Mismatch for Local Authorities (lodged on 13 May 2002) Mr Duncan McNeil*
S1M-3096 Burns and a' that Festival (lodged on 9 May 2002) Mr Murray Tosh*
S1M-3093# Continuing Crisis in Rural Healthcare (lodged on 9 May 2002) Mr Gil Paterson*, Mr Adam Ingram*, Mr Lloyd Quinan*
S1M-3090 Timber Industry in the Scottish Borders (lodged on 8 May 2002) Michael Russell*, Mr Gil Paterson*, Mr Adam Ingram*, Mr Lloyd Quinan*
S1M-3081# Transport Infrastructure in the North East (lodged on 8 May 2002) Alex Johnstone*, Michael Russell*
S1M-3076# Scottish Criminal Record Office (lodged on 7 May 2002) Mr Gil Paterson*, Mr Adam Ingram*, Mr Lloyd Quinan*
S1M-3075 Baroness Barbara Castle of Blackburn (lodged on 7 May 2002) Bill Butler*
S1M-3074 Release of Aung San Suu Kyi (lodged on 7 May 2002) Michael Russell*, Mr Gil Paterson*, Mr Adam Ingram*, Mr Lloyd Quinan*, Ms Margo MacDonald*, Bill Butler*
S1M-3073# Transport Strategy for Aberdeen and North East Scotland (lodged on 7 May 2002) Alex Johnstone*
S1M-3065 Airdrieonians Football Club (lodged on 2 May 2002) Bill Butler*
S1M-3061# ME and Loss of Education (lodged on 1 May 2002) Trish Godman*, Irene McGugan*, Bill Butler*
S1M-3060# National Strategy for Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse (lodged on 1 May 2002) Bill Butler*
S1M-3054 ME Awareness Week, 12-19 May 2002 and the 25% ME Group (lodged on 30 April 2002) Mr Murray Tosh*
S1M-3049 Freedom Day for South Africa, 27 April 2002 (lodged on 30 April 2002) Bill Butler*
S1M-3018# The Links Between Domestic Violence, Child Abuse and Animal Abuse (lodged on 23 April 2002) Ben Wallace*, David McLetchie*, Dorothy-Grace Elder*
S1M-3003 Live Motions (lodged on 17 April 2002) Mr Gil Paterson*, Phil Gallie*, Mr Brian Monteith*
S1M-2997# Autistic Spectrum Disorders Needs Assessment Report (lodged on 17 April 2002) Mr Kenneth Macintosh*
S1M-2953# Timber Industry (lodged on 27 March 2002) Mr Murray Tosh*
S1M-2622# Cross-Party Support for a Review of the Construction Industry in Scotland (lodged on 17 January 2002) Mr Adam Ingram*