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Business Bulletin No. 6/2003

Monday 13 January 2003

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-3761 Tommy Sheridan: Firefighters' Strike-That the Parliament condemns the insulting offer to the firefighters of 4% funded by the loss of 4,500 jobs and 150 fire stations; believes that this offer shows that the Parliament was correct when it rejected the Scottish Executive's attempt to amend the Fire Services Act 1947 to allow the speedy closure of fire stations, and calls on the Executive to call on Her Majesty's Government to fund fully local authorities to enable them to settle the firefighters' just claim.

*S1M-3760 Mr John Swinney: The Current International Situation-That the Parliament endorses United Nations Security Council Resolution 1441 on the basis that it provides a mandate for weapons inspection in Iraq; welcomes the legal opinion of Matrix Chambers on behalf of CND which concluded that Resolution 1441 does not provide an authorisation for military action in Iraq and that any such use of force would breach international law; believes that UN weapons inspectors must be afforded total freedom of access in Iraq and to all evidence in the possession of other states, together with sufficient time in order to produce a comprehensive report for the consideration of the Security Council on the state of Iraqi compliance with the resolution; believes that no commitment of UK forces should be made without a specific mandate for military action in Iraq in the form of a further Security Council resolution based on clear, published and compelling evidence provided by the UN inspectorate of a material breach of Resolution 1441, and expresses its deep and serious concern that Her Majesty's Government is currently pursuing an inevitable path to war.

*S1M-3759# Christine Grahame: Dealing with Young Offenders-That the Parliament notes that the Audit Scotland report, Dealing with offending by young people, makes 38 recommendations for action in dealing with young people who offend; in particular, notes the report's statements that (a) the system for dealing with young people is slow, taking on average five and a half months for a child to reach a children's hearing and around eight months to get a court decision on a young person, (b) young people are dealt with unevenly across Scotland, (c) large numbers of young people, 2,300 or 16% of those convicted, are imprisoned and that 60% of those re-offend within two years of release, (d) more money, around 60% of the total spending on youth justice, is spent on prosecuting and reaching decisions about young offenders than on services to tackle offending behaviour, (e) there is a chronic shortage of social workers in children's services and 13% of posts for children's services social workers were vacant and (f) information about offending and about the quality of services is inadequate, and considers this thorough report a damning indictment of the Scottish Executive's youth crime policies and that after nearly four years in office, these policies have failed Scotland's young, their parents, their communities and Scotland at large.

S1M-3758# Mr Duncan Hamilton: Glasgow to Barra Air Link Public Service Obligation-That the Parliament notes with concern the decision to announce a one year contract for the Glasgow to Barra air link; recognises that such contracts are normally awarded for the three years of a public service obligation (PSO) order; recognises the unanimous view of the community that any loss of the direct air link 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; notes that the Deputy Minister for Transport, Lewis Macdonald MSP, attended a meeting on the island of Barra and assured islanders that their genuine concerns would be taken seriously and fed into the Scottish Executive review; further recognises that this proposal is undermining confidence in the long-term viability of the air service, and considers that the Scottish Executive should ensure that the review is completed on or before the end of March.

Supported by: Mr Alasdair Morrison, Ms Sandra White*

S1M-3757 Ms Margaret Curran: Building (Scotland) Bill-That the Parliament agrees that the Building (Scotland) Bill be passed.

Supported by: Hugh Henry

S1M-3756# Elaine Smith: UNICEF Report, The State of the World's Children 2003-That the Parliament notes the publication of the report The State of the World's Children 2003; commends UNICEF's commitment to monitoring children's rights and development internationally and congratulates it for its contribution for achieving the United Nations Millennium Development Goals: is concerned that the report shows that children's participation in society is largely undeveloped and that millions of children and young people have doubts about the usefulness of voting as a method of improving their lives and often do not see government leaders as role models; considers that the Scottish Executive should take all possible action to assist Her Majesty's Government in achieving the Millennium Development Goals, and supports the creation of a protective environment to allow children world-wide to grow up free from poverty, abuse, neglect and exploitation.

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan, Ms Sandra White*

S1M-3754 Bristow Muldoon on behalf of the Transport and the Environment Committee: Report on Inquiry into the Rail Industry in Scotland-That the Parliament notes the 15th Report 2002 of the Transport and Environment Committee, Report on Inquiry into the Rail Industry in Scotland (SP Paper 674).

S1M-3753# Gordon Jackson: Regeneration of the Clyde-That the Parliament recognises the importance to Scotland of efforts to regenerate the Clyde; considers that the Scottish Executive and Scottish Enterprise should establish and resource a development framework for the Clyde which encourages joined-up thinking and action; further considers that the respective councils, enterprise companies, regeneration agencies and private developers should work co-operatively in reclaiming derelict land, ensuring adequate flood protection and improving the transport infrastructure, and believes that ministers should make the regeneration of the Clyde one of the top economic, environmental and social justice priorities for Scotland.

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan, Ms Sandra White*

S1M-3752 Tavish Scott: Dumping of Salmon-That the Parliament notes with concern the recent decision of the European Commission to allow the EU/Norway agreement on the minimum import price of salmon to lapse and to terminate its investigation of the anti-dumping complaints against salmon farmers in Chile and the Faeroe Islands without imposing any anti-dumping measures; condemns the Commission for making the announcement over the Christmas and New Year holiday period, effectively leaving Scottish salmon farmers less than a week to make a detailed submission in response to its disclosure document; recognises the importance of the salmon farming industry to Scotland, particularly in the Highlands and Islands, and calls on the Scottish Executive to support calls for an extension of the deadline for responses to the Commission's disclosure document and to ensure that the case put to the Commission by the EU Salmon Producers Group is given full and proper consideration.

Supported by: Mr Jamie Stone, John Farquhar Munro, Robin Harper

S1M-3751# George Lyon: Rural Communities and Renewable Energy-That the Parliament welcomes the ambitious targets set by the Scottish Executive for renewable energy generation; recognises the potential job benefits to be gained from a Scottish manufacturing support base for renewable energy; further recognises the crucial importance of communities benefiting from wind farms and other renewable energy developments in their areas; notes the growing number of wind farm planning applications across rural Scotland; notes with concern the hostile reception such applications have received from members of the local community, who perceive no benefit to the community; further notes that benefits can be delivered through community ownership, rental income, reduced electricity bills or other methods, and considers that the Executive should ensure that the Scottish economy and affected communities benefit from the expansion of renewable energy.

Supported by: Robin Harper

S1M-3750# Trish Godman: Ageism in the Labour Market-That the Parliament believes that it is both absurd and hypocritical to advocate the need for longer working lives when the labour market is infected so heavily with ageism, meaning that many individuals in their 40s and 50s are denied the opportunity to engage in full-time, or even part-time, work or voluntary participation in their local communities; further believes that measures must be adopted in the public and private sectors to deal with this economic and social problem, and considers that the Scottish Executive should set a good example by ensuring that the civil service and public bodies are free of the pernicious problem of ageism in personnel principles, policies and practices.

Supported by: Roseanna Cunningham, Tommy Sheridan, Robin Harper*, Mr John McAllion*, Mr Michael McMahon*, Linda Fabiani*, Mr Murray Tosh*, Mr Tom McCabe*, Ms Wendy Alexander*, Colin Campbell*, Sarah Boyack*, Ms Sandra White*, David Mundell*

S1M-3742 Nora Radcliffe: Lord Jenkins of Hillhead-That the Parliament notes with sadness the death of the Rt Hon Lord Jenkins of Hillhead; recalls his political service as Chancellor of the Exchequer, Home Secretary and President of the European Commission; recognises that, in his fight for human rights and against bigotry, racism, sexism, xenophobia and prejudice of all kinds, Roy Jenkins was far ahead of his time; further notes, in particular, his success as a liberal Home Secretary, in areas from prison reform to the reform of laws about homosexuality; appreciates his tenure as a distinguished representative of a Scottish constituency in Glasgow Hillhead, and expresses gratitude for his life of outstanding public service with a radical and reforming spirit.

Supported by: Donald Gorrie, John Farquhar Munro, Mr Jamie Stone, Tavish Scott, Ian Jenkins, Iain Smith, Margaret Smith, Robert Brown, Robin Harper, Brian Fitzpatrick

S1M-3741 Mr Duncan McNeil: The Inverclyde Electronics Industry-That the Parliament notes with concern the recent announcement of job losses in the Inverclyde electronics industry; recognises that the Inverclyde economy has, in common with the wider Scottish economy, already been affected by job losses at companies such as NEC, Motorola and Compaq, and calls on the Scottish Executive and Scottish Enterprise to make every effort to respond to this serious situation and minimise the impact of the announcement on the local economy.

Supported by: Stewart Stevenson, Brian Fitzpatrick, Trish Godman, Irene Oldfather*

S1M-3738 Fame Academy (lodged on 24 December 2002) Mr Gil Paterson*

S1M-3737 Noise Pollution (lodged on 23 December 2002) Ms Sandra White*

S1M-3736 Glasgow City Centre Policing (lodged on 23 December 2002) Ms Sandra White*

S1M-3735 Scotland's Fishing Communities (lodged on 23 December 2002) Marilyn Livingstone*, Mr Alasdair Morrison*

S1M-3734 UK Support for the Baku-Ceyhan Oil Pipeline (lodged on 20 December 2002) Ms Sandra White*

S1M-3733 Christmas Card Recycling (lodged on 20 December 2002) Cathy Peattie*, Marilyn Livingstone*, Ms Sandra White*

S1M-3726# Falkirk Community Stadium Project (lodged on 18 December 2002) Cathy Peattie*

S1M-3725# War with Iraq (lodged on 18 December 2002) Ms Sandra White*

S1M-3723# Ethical Investment (lodged on 18 December 2002) Elaine Thomson*, Elaine Smith*, Cathy Peattie*, Marilyn Livingstone*, Dennis Canavan*, Irene McGugan*

S1M-3717# Dialogues Project (lodged on 17 December 2002) Cathy Peattie*

S1M-3715# Theatre in Scotland (lodged on 17 December 2002) Ms Sandra White*

S1M-3714 Glasgow: European City of Sport 2003 (lodged on 17 December 2002) Cathy Peattie*

S1M-3713# Records of Property Ownership (lodged on 16 December 2002) Ms Sandra White*

S1M-3709 Westfield Public Inquiry (lodged on 12 December 2002) Ms Sandra White*

S1M-3692 Fire in the Old Town, Edinburgh (lodged on 10 December 2002) Cathy Peattie*

S1M-3691# Scotland's Fair Trade Towns (lodged on 9 December 2002) Cathy Peattie*

S1M-3689 Karen Gillon: Commissioner for Children and Young People (Scotland) Bill - Stage 1-That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Commissioner for Children and Young People (Scotland) Bill.

S1M-3688# General Agreement on Trade in Services (lodged on 6 December 2002) Mr Kenny MacAskill*

S1M-3679# Johann Lamont: Private Rented Housing Sector-That the Parliament notes with concern the lack of regulation of the private rented housing sector, despite the capacity of that sector to receive public funding through housing benefit; further notes the stark contrast between the obligations placed on landlords in the social rented sector and landlords in the private rented sector; believes that private sector landlords who are in receipt of public funding should be expected to meet minimum standards and procedures in the way that their properties are managed, in order to protect the rights of private sector tenants and their neighbours and to ensure probity in the distribution of public funds, and considers that the Scottish Executive should address these serious matters as a matter of priority.

Supported by: Christine Grahame, Mr Tom McCabe, Trish Godman, Bill Butler, Dr Sylvia Jackson, Brian Fitzpatrick, Tommy Sheridan, Pauline McNeill, Dr Richard Simpson, Ms Sandra White, Elaine Smith, Fiona Hyslop, Elaine Thomson, Donald Gorrie, Alex Neil, Karen Gillon, Karen Whitefield, Bristow Muldoon, Fiona McLeod, Kate Maclean, Scott Barrie, Ms Wendy Alexander, Marilyn Livingstone, Margaret Jamieson, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Janis Hughes, Linda Fabiani, Robin Harper, Ian Jenkins, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Brian Adam, Mr Jamie Stone*, Cathy Peattie*

S1M-3674 Cairngorms National Park (lodged on 3 December 2002) George Lyon*

S1M-3673 Majority Decision of the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council in the Appeal of R v (1) Her Majesty's Advocate and (2) The Advocate General for Scotland (lodged on 3 December 2002) Cathy Peattie*

S1M-3666# London Weighting Allowance and Relocation of Civil Service Posts to Aberdeen (lodged on 2 December 2002) Mr Gil Paterson*

S1M-3664# Race Equality Training (lodged on 28 November 2002) Cathy Peattie*, Marilyn Livingstone*, Irene Oldfather*

S1M-3662# European Union Year for Disabled People (lodged on 28 November 2002) Cathy Peattie*

S1M-3659 Muslim Festival of Eid al-Fitr (lodged on 27 November 2002) Cathy Peattie*

S1M-3658# Creating Linguistic Access for Deaf and Deafblind People (lodged on 27 November 2002) Cathy Peattie*, Irene McGugan*

S1M-3657 Trade for Life Action Pledge (lodged on 27 November 2002) Cathy Peattie*

S1M-3241 Mr Keith Harding: Dog Fouling (Scotland) Bill-That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Dog Fouling (Scotland) Bill.