Business Bulletin No. 139/2002
Monday 30 September 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-3440 Bristow Muldoon: Congratulations to Chris HoyThat the Parliament sends its congratulations to Chris Hoy following his latest success in becoming World Champion in the 1km time trial cycling event at Copenhagen on 26 September 2002; recognises that this is the latest in an on-going series of achievements by Scottish cyclists dating back to the 1970s, and believes that the future success of cyclists in Scotland would be enhanced by the Scottish Executive and sportscotland working with representatives of the sport to develop all-weather cycling facilities in Scotland.
*S1M-3439 Mr Andy Kerr: Homelessness etc. (Scotland) Bill - Financial ResolutionThat the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Homelessness etc. (Scotland) Bill, agrees to any increase in expenditure payable out of the Scottish Consolidated Fund in consequence of the Act.
*S1M-3438 Christine Grahame: Justice 1 Committee, Report on the Prison Estates ReviewThat the Parliament notes the 6th Report, 2002 of the Justice 1 Committee, Report on the Prison Estates Review (SP Paper 612).
*S1M-3437# Mr Brian Monteith: Celebration of 400th Anniversary of Union of the CrownsThat the Parliament recognises that the 400th anniversary of the Union of the Crowns will occur in 2003, an event in which the King of Scotland, James VI, acceded to the English throne and became the monarch of Britain; notes that this ultimately led to the Union of the Parliaments in 1707 and over 250 years of peace between the ancient nations of Britain and brought increased prosperity and widened opportunities for Scots in the United Kingdom and abroad, and considers that the Scottish Executive and other public bodies should bring forward a programme of events to mark this important date in Scottish and English history.
Supported by: John Scott*, Murdo Fraser*
*S1M-3436 Mr Andy Kerr: Protection of Children (Scotland) Bill - Financial ResolutionThat the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Protection of Children (Scotland) Bill, agrees to any expenditure payable out of the Scottish Consolidated Fund in consequence of the Act.
Supported by: Cathy Jamieson*, Nicol Stephen*, Peter Peacock*
*S1M-3435# Johann Lamont: National Construction Week 3-10 October 2002 and the Contribution of Women to the Construction IndustryThat the Parliament welcomes National Construction Week to be held from 3-10 October 2002 and, in particular, the emphasis on the contribution of women to the construction industry and how this can be improved upon and notes with pleasure the decision of Glasgow City Council to hold a seminar devoted to that issue in the course of National Construction Week.
S1M-3434# Mr Adam Ingram: In-Service Teacher Training - Child PsychologyThat the Parliament recognises the value of comprehensive in-service training for teachers in identifying social, emotional, behavioural and learning difficulties which can have a significant impact on a childs development if not detected and referred for treatment at an early stage and notes that the current provision and levels of training are not sufficient in addressing this issue.
S1M-3433 Tommy Sheridan: Proposed New National Stadium in WembleyThat the Parliament notes with concern the proposed new national stadium at Wembley and its projected cost of £750 million; believes that this will be a waste of public money, and urges the Scottish Executive to make representations to Her Majestys Government to reconsider this project and instead consider favourably the Birmingham alternative, which satisfies all the criteria for the new stadium but at less than half the cost.
S1M-3432 Tommy Sheridan: Arrest of Lesley McCulloch in IndonesiaThat the Parliament expresses its deep concern at the fate of the Scottish-born academic Lesley McCulloch, working in Australia, who has been arrested in Indonesia and calls on the Scottish Executive to raise her case urgently with the Foreign Secretary with a view to securing her release.
S1M-3430# Brian Adam: Safety Campaign on Diesel SpillsThat the Parliament notes with regret the distressing number of motorcycle accidents and fatalities caused by diesel spills and believes that the Scottish Executive should run a road safety campaign to highlight the dangers of over-filling diesel tanks and introduce other measures to reduce diesel spills.
S1M-3429 Mr Mike Rumbles on behalf of the Standards Committee: Replacing the Members' Interest Order: Proposal for a Committee BillThat the Parliament agrees to the proposal for a Committee Bill under Rule 9.15 contained in the Standards Committees 7th Report 2002, Replacing the Members Interests Order: Proposal for a Committee Bill, (SP Paper 621).
S1M-3428 Mr Mike Rumbles on behalf of the Standards Committee: LobbyingThat the Parliament notes the recommendations of the Standards Committees 1st Report 2002, Lobbying, (SP Paper 507) and agrees to amend section 7 of the Code of Conduct for Members of the Scottish Parliament as set out in Annex E of the report.
S1M-3427# Mr Duncan Hamilton: Oban FirefightersThat the Parliament notes the commitment and dedication of the retained firefighters in Oban; respects their view that a no strike policy is in the best interests of the people of North Argyll; recognises their concerns with regard to the restructuring of the Oban firefighting capacity; notes that recruitment for the new operation is running at less than 20% of required capacity, and considers that the Scottish Executive should reappraise the situation with a degree of urgency.
S1M-3426# Dr Sylvia Jackson: Scottish Road Maintenance SurveyThat the Parliament notes the Scottish Road Maintenance Condition Survey by the Society of Chief Officers of Transportation in Scotland (SCOTS) which will evaluate the non-trunk road network across Scotland; welcomes the Scottish Executives involvement in and support for this project, along with the funding that it has already provided to local authorities in order to help tackle problems in respect of such roads; recognises that for a number of decades the non-trunk roads network has suffered from under-investment, while the number of vehicles using such roads has dramatically increased, and considers that, following its publication, the Scottish Executive should use the SCOTS report as a basis for allocating resources according to the needs identified, providing a long-term funding programme for the non-trunk road network in Scotland.
*S1M-3426.1 Mr Brian Monteith: Scottish Road Maintenance SurveyAs an amendment to motion (S1M-3426) in the name of Dr Sylvia Jackson, leave out from ", along" to end and insert "; further notes that the net capital spend on the construction and improvement of local roads totalled £562 million in the four years up to 1997, compared to £326 million in the four subsequent years to 2001, and welcomes the commitment of the Scottish Conservative Party to allocate an additional £100 million each year to invest in new roads and improving the condition of our existing trunk, motorway and local needs network."
S1M-3424# Shona Robison: Retailing of Fireworks by RS McCollThat the Parliament notes with concern the decision of the head office of the retailer RS McColl to issue a memo to all its outlets in Scotland asking them to display window posters advertising half-price fireworks six weeks before 5 November; considers this action to be a flagrant breach of the voluntary code of practice, which restricts advertising to within three weeks of Guy Fawkes' night; considers that RS McColl should reconsider the decision and set an example to other retailers by removing such window posters from their retail outlets in recognition of the voluntary code, and believes that this situation highlights the pressing need for the law on retailing of fireworks to be tightened through the introduction of a licensing system.
Supported by: Stewart Stevenson, Alex Neil, Mr Andrew Welsh
S1M-3419# Michael Matheson: Closure of Prison Officers' Social Club at HM Prison PolmontThat the Parliament notes the decision by the Scottish Prison Service (SPS) to close the officers social club at HM Prison Polmont and considers that SPS should withdraw this decision and honour its commitment to allow the club to purchase the property, recognising the important role of the club to both staff and the local community.
Supported by: Andrew Wilson, Mr Gil Paterson, Stewart Stevenson, Alex Neil, Tommy Sheridan, Cathy Peattie, Dennis Canavan*
S1M-3417# Christine Grahame: Borders CollegeThat the Parliament notes with concern the current financial difficulties of Borders College with the proposals to close its Hawick campus; further notes the Audit Scotland report, Overview of Further Education Colleges in Scotland 2000/2001, and the subsequent report by the Audit Committee, Report on Overview of Further Education Colleges in Scotland 1999-2000, which both highlighted the severe revenue and capital problems facing further education colleges; is particularly aware of the special difficulties in the funding formulae which fail to address the funding difficulties in rural areas, and considers that the Scottish Executive should review the whole funding method for further education colleges as a matter of urgency.
Supported by: Alex Neil, Tommy Sheridan
S1M-3416# Shona Robison: Licensing Scheme for FireworksThat the Parliament agrees with the view of the Association of Chief Police Officers Scotland in calling for the tightening up of legislation relating to the sale and use of fireworks; notes that the association specifically refers to a need for sellers to be stringently vetted in order to ensure that applicants for a certificate to sell fireworks are of good character and should be required to show "need" before being granted a certificate; believes that the best way of achieving this is through the introduction of a licensing scheme for vendors of fireworks, and considers that the Scottish Executive should, as part of the current review of licensing powers under the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982, consider extending licensing powers to include firework vendors.
Supported by: Alex Neil, Mr Andrew Welsh, Tommy Sheridan
S1M-3415# Cathy Peattie: Firefighters' Pay FormulaThat the Parliament notes the changes in the duties of firefighters since their current pay formula was established and, in particular, the greater skills firefighters now require, the additional hazards they face and the changes in the workforce on which their pay formula comparison is based, and believes that these factors should be addressed by a new formula for firefighters pay.
Supported by: Mr Duncan McNeil, Bill Butler, Kate Maclean, Elaine Smith, Scott Barrie, Margaret Jamieson, Mr John Home Robertson, Maureen Macmillan, Cathie Craigie, Helen Eadie, Jackie Baillie, Pauline McNeill, Marilyn Livingstone, Mr Kenneth Macintosh*
S1M-3413# Eco-Schools (lodged on 19 September 2002) Janis Hughes*, Ian Jenkins*
S1M-3412# Glasgow Airport Rail Link (lodged on 19 September 2002) Janis Hughes*
S1M-3400# Whitfield (lodged on 17 September 2002) Dennis Canavan*
S1M-3394 Challenging Sectarianism in Glasgow (lodged on 17 September 2002) Janis Hughes*
S1M-3390 Scottish Mental Health Week 7-13 October 2002 (lodged on 13 September 2002) Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh*
S1M-3386 Mr Mike Rumbles on behalf of the Standards Committee: Code of Conduct for Members of the Scottish Parliament: Disclosure of ComplaintsThat the Parliament agrees to amend paragraph 10.2.1 of the Code of Conduct for Members of the Scottish Parliament as follows: leave out "MSPs should not communicate any complaint to the press or other media until a decision has been made as to how the complaint is to be dealt with" and insert:
"Disclosure of Complaints
10.2.1A Members should not disclose, communicate or discuss any complaint or intention to make a complaint with members of the press or media prior to the lodging of the complaint or while the Standards Committee is receiving assistance from an adviser appointed under paragraph 10.2.8 in relation to the complaint. The Standards Committee is to be regarded as receiving the assistance of an adviser appointed under paragraph 10.2.8 in relation to a complaint until it has confirmed that no assistance or further assistance from any such adviser will be sought. Where, during the period when the restriction applies, any complaint or intention to make a complaint has been publicised in the press or media without the involvement of the Member who is the subject of the complaint, that Member may issue a brief statement. In doing so, a Member should, as far as possible, avoid discussing details of the complaint or intention to make a complaint."
S1M-3355 Erskine Hospital (lodged on 4 September 2002) Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh*
S1M-3343# Abolition of the Record of Needs System (lodged on 3 September 2002) Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh*
S1M-3299 Closure of Sanmina-SCI Irvine (lodged on 2 August 2002) Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh*
S1M-3290 Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery (lodged on 24 July 2002) Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh*
S1M-3276# George Lyon: Gourock to Dunoon Ferry ServiceThat the Parliament notes with concern the Executive proposal to restrict Gourock to Dunoon ferry services to passenger-only in the draft Invitation to Tender for Clyde and Hebrides ferry services currently operated by Caledonian MacBrayne; further notes that this proposal undermines action to upgrade Dunoon pier and transport links at Gourock pier; further notes the total opposition of the local community to this proposal, and considers that the Executive should find an alternative proposal that includes a vehicle-carrying ferry and satisfies European competition rules.
Supported by: Robin Harper, Donald Gorrie
S1M-3263# Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: Development of RAF Turnhouse SiteThat the Parliament notes that BAA Lynton has earmarked the former RAF Turnhouse site or "Airwest" for medium- to long-term commercial development in support of the expanding cargo operations at Edinburgh Airport following the grant of outline planning consent in June 2000; further notes that the entire site is currently being marketed to potential commercial occupiers for a variety of airport-related uses; expresses its concern that Home Office plans for a possible accommodation centre for asylum seekers on that site are creating uncertainty and thus the site is in danger of becoming blighted, and therefore believes that the Scottish Executive and the City of Edinburgh Council should ask the Home Office to state clearly that it has no interest in the site and thereby permit BAA Lynton to proceed with its plans which are in the best interest of jobs and economic development in Edinburgh and the east of Scotland.
Supported by: David McLetchie, Margaret Smith, Donald Gorrie
S1M-3227 Mr Andy Kerr: Local Government in Scotland Bill - Financial ResolutionThat the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Local Government in Scotland Bill, agrees to any increase in expenditure payable out of the Scottish Consolidated Fund in consequence of the Act.
Supported by: Peter Peacock
S1M-3208# Lanark Racecourse (lodged on 13 June 2002) Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh*
S1M-3128 Mr Andy Kerr: Local Government in Scotland Bill-Stage 1That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Local Government in Scotland Bill.
Supported by: Peter Peacock