Business Bulletin No. 159/2002
Thursday 7 November 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-3557 Christine Grahame: The First Police Force-That the Parliament notes that established, co-ordinated and paid police forces were first established in Scotland from 1800 onwards, some 29 years before the Peelers in London; further notes that in 1800 a Bill was promoted by Glasgow Town Council seeking powers to establish a regular police force in the city that, once enacted, led to a parade of the Glasgow Police Force for duty in the Laigh Kirk Session house; notes that police forces followed in Edinburgh in 1805, Paisley in 1806, Greenock in 1810, Aberdeen 1818 and Dundee in 1824; notes that John Graham, a Glasgow merchant, became the first Superintendent of Police in 1862 and that, contrary to British history books, therefore, Sir Robert Peel in London was not the founder of modern policing, and urges the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body to commemorate this fact and the loss of many police officers' lives in the line of duty over these centuries in a suitable manner in the new Scottish Parliament building.
*S1M-3555 Michael Russell: The "Scottish Six" and the Prime Minister-That the Parliament notes with astonishment the remarks of the former director-general of the BBC, Mr John Birt, in the Sunday Herald on 20 October 2002 that he conspired with the Prime Minister in 1998 in order to stop the development of a "Scottish Six" main evening BBC television news bulletin, produced and edited in Scotland rather than in London, that he did so because he feared that it would lead to "the collapse of the union" and that according to him the Prime Minister "was quick, as ever, to grasp the case, 'Let's fight,' he said"; further notes Mr Birt's words that a "plan of action" was agreed to stop the "Scottish Six", involving senior BBC personnel, Gordon Brown MP and Peter Mandelson MP amongst others; believes that such a conspiracy fatally undermines the BBC's status as an "independent corporation", as set out in the Corporation's Royal Charter; welcomes the assurance of the BBC's current director-general, Mr Greg Dyke, that the issues of a "Scottish Six" in the forthcoming BBC review of news and current affairs output in Scotland "will be considered on their editorial, not their political merits", and believes that the conclusive broadcasting arguments in favour of a "Scottish Six" are reflected in the fact that it is supported by the Broadcasting Council for Scotland, BBC Scotland management and journalists and 69% of the Scottish people.
*S1M-3554 Andrew Wilson: Accounts Commission Report on Trading Standards Departments-That the Parliament welcomes the publication by the Accounts Commission of Made to measure? An overview of trading standards in Scotland, which assesses the performance of the 32 trading standards departments across Scotland; notes that this valuable and socially important service spends £19 million each year on providing regulatory and enforcement services to the business community and advice to consumers in Scotland; expresses its concern, however, at some of the findings of the report that suggest that there are "wide variations" in the levels of services delivered to consumers and businesses across Scotland with at least one quarter of trading standards departments not meeting the minimum standards of service they are required to meet; further notes the wide variations in the designation of premises liable for inspection by trading standards services which suggests "that similar types of premises are being under- or over-inspected, resulting in available resources not being used to best effect and traders not being treated consistently", and calls on the Scottish Executive to take action to ensure greater consistency in enforcement activity by trading standards services across Scotland consistent with best practice, as manifested in the enforcement concordat, in the interests of both consumers and the business community.
*S1M-3553 Tommy Sheridan: Education Standards in Cuba-That the Parliament notes the comments of a Wiltshire County Council spokeswoman in relation to primary school education in Cuba when she said "Cuba has a 97% literacy rate which is better than ours in many areas of the country"; further notes the result of research by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office which found Cuba to be a "beacon of education best practice", and therefore calls on the Scottish Executive to arrange a fact-finding visit similar to that currently under way by 10 teachers from across Wiltshire County Council, paid for by the British Council Teachers' International Professional Development Programme, to exchange ideas and learn from the positive education experience promoted in Cuba.
*S1M-3543.1 Tricia Marwick: Quality of Life-As an amendment to motion (S1M-3543) in the name of Mr Andy Kerr, insert at end ", but notes COSLA's concerns over the funding of core services."
*S1M-3543.2 Mr Keith Harding: Quality of Life-As an amendment to motion (S1M-3543) in the name of Mr Andy Kerr, leave out from "notably" to end and insert "but regrets that measures being taken are likely to prove ineffective unless a much more robust approach is taken to issues of disorder, vandalism and violence which afflict far too many of them."
*S1M-3543.3 Tommy Sheridan: Quality of Life-As an amendment to motion (S1M-3543) in the name of Mr Andy Kerr, leave out from "supports" to end and insert "believes that the quality of life in Scotland's communities would be best improved by abolishing the regressive council tax and introducing a Scottish Service Tax, which would redistribute income to the less well-off and fund local services more effectively."
S1M-3542 British Energy Finances (lodged on 5 November 2002) Tommy Sheridan*
*S1M-3541.1 Alex Fergusson: Forestry in Scotland-As an amendment to motion (S1M-3541) in the name of Allan Wilson, leave out from "and believes" to end and insert "but condemns the Scottish Executive's failure to address the practical problems which face the Scottish forestry industry, particularly with regard to transport; further notes that the Executive has failed to set and promote robust planting targets or to plan for the impending doubling of timber output over the next 10 to 15 years, and urges the Executive to give greater priority to the issues which so concern what is now the third biggest industry in Scotland."
*S1M-3541.2 Fergus Ewing: Forestry in Scotland-As an amendment to motion (S1M-3541) in the name of Allan Wilson, leave out from "welcomes" to end and insert "but believes that the Scottish Executive has failed to acknowledge the significant contribution to the Scottish economy of the timber and forest products industry and, in particular, in respect of the existing devolved functions of the Executive, further believes that it has failed to recognise the importance of the urgent need to improve the road network used for forestry extraction, of an effective policy of procurement to encourage the Scottish national industry interest, of effective promotion of biomass to assist in the achievement of more economic means of supplying energy from renewable sources and of the encouragement and active promotion of the use of wood as a building material."
S1M-3540# Exploitation of Women (lodged on 5 November 2002) Alex Neil*, Tommy Sheridan*
S1M-3539 Immediate Establishment of Public Appointments Committee (lodged on 5 November 2002) Stewart Stevenson*, Tommy Sheridan*
S1M-3537 Tourism Information for People with Disabilities (lodged on 5 November 2002) Tommy Sheridan*
S1M-3532 Friction Dynamex (lodged on 1 November 2002) Mr Lloyd Quinan*, Tommy Sheridan*
S1M-3531 Friends of the Earth Scotland - Green Office (lodged on 1 November 2002) Mr Lloyd Quinan*, Dr Sylvia Jackson*, Linda Fabiani*, Tommy Sheridan*
S1M-3530# Centenary of the Scottish National Antartic Expedition (lodged on 1 November 2002) Fergus Ewing*, Linda Fabiani*
S1M-3529 Business Bulletin (lodged on 1 November 2002) Fergus Ewing*, Tommy Sheridan*
S1M-3528# Gourock to Dunoon Ferry Route (lodged on 31 October 2002) Fergus Ewing*, Dr Sylvia Jackson*
S1M-3527# Community Police (lodged on 31 October 2002) Fergus Ewing*, Linda Fabiani*
S1M-3526# Solvent Abuse (lodged on 31 October 2002) Mr Jamie Stone*, Tommy Sheridan*
S1M-3525 Misuse of Fireworks (lodged on 31 October 2002) Trish Godman*, Helen Eadie*, Tommy Sheridan*
S1M-3523# LUPUS UK (lodged on 31 October 2002) Fergus Ewing*, Linda Fabiani*, Tommy Sheridan*
S1M-3522# Regulation of Private Security Firms (lodged on 30 October 2002) Dr Sylvia Jackson*
S1M-3521 Condemnation of the Attack on the Edinburgh Synagogue (lodged on 30 October 2002) Dr Winnie Ewing*, Linda Fabiani*
S1M-3520# National Carers Rights Day (lodged on 30 October 2002) Dr Sylvia Jackson*, Linda Fabiani*
S1M-3513 Edinburgh Hogmanay "Eurozone" (lodged on 29 October 2002) Dr Winnie Ewing*
S1M-3512 Leukaemia Research Fund Campaign (lodged on 29 October 2002) Dr Sylvia Jackson*
S1M-3510 Royal National Institute for the Blind Campaign on Photodynamic Therapy Treatment (lodged on 28 October 2002) Dr Winnie Ewing*, Dr Sylvia Jackson*
S1M-3508# Osteoporosis (lodged on 28 October 2002) Dr Winnie Ewing*
S1M-3499# Nuisance to Communities Caused by Seagulls (lodged on 24 October 2002) Alex Fergusson*
S1M-3473# Report by the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child (lodged on 8 October 2002) Mr Lloyd Quinan*
S1M-3449 Disabled Persons Housing Service (Lothian) (lodged on 1 October 2002) Dr Winnie Ewing*, Mr Murray Tosh*