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Business Bulletin No. 183/2002

Thursday 12 December 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-3705 Cathy Jamieson: Protection of Children (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees that the Protection of Children (Scotland) Bill be passed.

Supported by: Mr Jim Wallace*, Nicol Stephen*, Hugh Henry*

*S1M-3704 Mr Andy Kerr: The Draft Scottish Local Government Elections Regulations 2002—That the Local Government Committee,in consideration of the draft Scottish Local Government Elections Regulations 2002, recommends that the regulations be approved.

Supported by: Peter Peacock*

*S1M-3702.1 Alex Fergusson: Approval of SSI—As an amendment to motion (S1M-3702) in the name of Patricia Ferguson, insert at end "but, in doing so, notes amendments S1M-3621.1 and S1M-3621.2 which were approved by the Rural Development Committee on 10 December 2002 and therefore regrets the exclusion from the boundaries of the Cairngorms National Park of those areas of Highland Perthshire and Drumochter, including the forest of Atholl, Beinn a ‘Ghlo and Blair Atholl, all of which were recommended for inclusion within the park’s boundary by Scottish Natural Heritage in its report, prepared for the Scottish Executive, on the proposal for a National Park in the Cairngorms, and is concerned that, if these areas remain excluded, the attainment by the park of World Heritage Status may be put in jeopardy, and further regrets that the Order does not include the Gaelic translation of Cairngorms National Park which is Pàirc Nàiseanta a’ Chàirn Ghuirm."

Supported by: Fergus Ewing*

S1M-3701 Appointment of Scottish Information Commissioner (lodged on 10 December 2002) Iain Smith*, Cathie Craigie*

*S1M-3700.1 Mr Jamie McGrigor: Fisheries 2003—As an amendment to motion (S1M-3700) in the name of Ross Finnie, leave out from "supports" to end and insert "recognises the importance of sustainable fisheries for the well-being of the Scottish fishing industry and fishing communities and therefore strongly rejects any advice that would close Scotland’s mixed fishery; believes that more time is required to assess truly the current state of fish stocks and the effects of the conservation measures already taken by Scottish fishermen; believes that elected MEPs should have the opportunity to debate and vote on any new quota cuts before they are implemented; urges fisheries ministers Ross Finnie and Elliot Morley to ensure that they do not preside over the decimation of Scotland’s fishing industry but instead achieve an outcome that is fair and equitable to Scottish fishermen, and ultimately believes that the Common Fisheries Policy of collective management has failed and therefore should be scrapped and replaced by national and local control and management of European waters as the only way to ensure future sustainability of fish stocks and thus the fishing industry."

*S1M-3700.2 Richard Lochhead: Fisheries 2003—As an amendment to motion (S1M-3700) in the name of Ross Finnie, leave out from "supports" to end and insert "urges the Scottish Executive to officially lead the UK delegation at next week’s Fisheries Council with a view to opposing vigorously any draconian cuts in fishing opportunities; calls on the Executive to propose that viable quotas be set that will allow the fleet to return to sea in the new year, providing the opportunity for states with a direct interest in the North Sea and the Irish Sea to bring forward management plans later in 2003 that promote fisheries conservation and secure a future for our fisheries communities, and further calls on the Minister for Environment and Rural Development to engage directly with other EU states and Norway to achieve this objective."

*S1M-3698.1 Bill Aitken: Children's and Young People's Services in Scotland—As an amendment to motion (S1M-3698) in the name of Irene McGugan, leave out from "in particular" to end and insert "the concern expressed within reports about the pressures facing children’s hearings and the inadequate nature of the resources and disposals available; acknowledges that the problems of youth disorder must be given high priority if the right to peace and security at home and in the community is to be protected; calls upon the Scottish Executive to introduce an increased range of disposals for children’s hearings, including weekend and evening detention, restriction of liberty orders and expansion of supervised attendance orders and community service orders along with an increase in secure accommodation and a substantial increase in police officers visible in our communities, and recognises that, while much material poverty has been alleviated, 21st century forms of vulnerability require policies that create wealth and provide economic opportunity and security for all, which can only happen within a framework of public order in which people have the security of strong families, communities and high quality public services."

*S1M-3698.2 Cathy Jamieson: Children and Young People's Services in Scotland—As an amendment to motion (S1M-3698) in the name of Irene McGugan, leave out from "commends" to end and insert "welcomes the constructive recommendation of the recent reports into children’s services, the Child Protection Review, It’s Everyone’s Job to make Sure I’m Alright, the Audit Scotland report, Dealing with Offending by Young People and the Scottish Committee of the Council on Tribunals’ report into Children’s Hearings; notes the need to address recruitment and retention of social workers and welcomes progress in the Executive’s Action Plan for Social Services; notes that the reports highlight a need to continue to focus on delivery which improves outcomes for Scotland’s children, and agrees that the Executive should continue to address the problems of poverty and exclusion and close the opportunity gap."

Supported by: Des McNulty*, Nicol Stephen*

S1M-3697 Changes to Standing Orders (lodged on 10 December 2002) Mr Kenneth Macintosh*

S1M-3692 Fire in the Old Town, Edinburgh (lodged on 10 December 2002) Mr Keith Raffan*, Johann Lamont*, Donald Gorrie*, Trish Godman*, Jackie Baillie*, Elaine Thomson*, Ms Wendy Alexander*, Karen Gillon*, Christine Grahame*, Karen Whitefield*, Elaine Smith*, Mr Tom McCabe*

S1M-3688# General Agreement on Trade in Services (lodged on 6 December 2002) Pauline McNeill*

S1M-3686 Aberdeen Council Housing Debt (lodged on 5 December 2002) Mr Kenneth Gibson*

S1M-3679# Private Rented Housing Sector (lodged on 3 December 2002) Pauline McNeill*

S1M-3674 Cairngorms National Park (lodged on 3 December 2002) Tommy Sheridan*

S1M-3672 Act of Settlement (lodged on 3 December 2002) Tommy Sheridan*

S1M-3669 Single MMR Vaccines (lodged on 2 December 2002) Tommy Sheridan*

S1M-3668 Glasgow Victim Support Drop-In Centre (lodged on 2 December 2002) Tommy Sheridan*

S1M-3667 Cancer, Stroke and Heart Disease Research at University of Glasgow (lodged on 2 December 2002) Tommy Sheridan*

S1M-3665 Local Authority Housing Stock - Aberdeen (lodged on 2 December 2002) Tommy Sheridan*

*S1M-3623.1 Mr Alasdair Morrison: Glasgow to Barra Air Link Public Service Obligation—As an amendment to motion (S1M-3623) in the name of Mr Duncan Hamilton, leave out from "with concern" to end and insert "the deep concern of the residents of the Island of Barra about the future of the vital air link between the island and Glasgow; recognises the strength of feeling expressed at a public meeting held on the island on Monday 9 December 2002 where the clear view was expressed that any loss of the service would result in damage to the local economy and tourism and create hardship for those attending hospital and receiving life-saving treatment in Glasgow and beyond; considers that the Scottish Executive should conduct its review of the air service with urgency and, following this review, put procedures in place to tender the service for an additional two years, and believes that, once this current contract period ends, the Executive should seek to tender the service for a period of three years in the future, bringing it into line with the provision for Campbeltown and Tiree."

S1M-3611# General Agreement on Trade in Services (lodged on 20 November 2002) Alex Neil*

S1M-3581# Schooling of Children of Asylum Seekers (lodged on 14 November 2002) Robin Harper*

S1M-3579# Centre of Excellence in Genealogy (lodged on 13 November 2002) Mr Jamie Stone*

S1M-3464# Debt and Lending (lodged on 3 October 2002) Mr Kenneth Gibson*

S1M-3441 Sale of Scottish Media Group Newspapers (lodged on 30 September 2002) Dennis Canavan*

S1M-3371 Scottish Media Group - Sale of Publishing Business (lodged on 10 September 2002) Dennis Canavan*