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Business Bulletin No. 11/2003

Monday 20 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-3782 Mr Lloyd Quinan: Grampian Records Liquidation-That the Parliament regrets the circumstances that have led Grampian Records, Wick, to the point of liquidation; further recognises the vital role the company plays in the infrastructure of the Scottish music industry, and calls upon the Minister for Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning to expend every energy to find means to save this vital element of our music industry.

*S1M-3781 Mr Andy Kerr: Commissioner for Children and Young People (Scotland) Bill: Financial Resolution-That the Parliament, for the purpose of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Commissioner for Children and Young People (Scotland) Bill, agrees to the expenditure out of the Scottish Consolidated Fund of the expenses of the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body in respect of-

(a) the appointment of the Commissioner for Children and Young People in Scotland;

(b) salary and allowances of, and pension for, the Commissioner; and

(c) the administrative costs (including staff salaries and other staff costs) incurred in the exercise of the Commissioner's functions.

*S1M-3780 Ross Finnie: Land Reform (Scotland) Bill-That the Parliament agrees that the Land Reform (Scotland) Bill be passed.

Supported by: Mr Jim Wallace*, Iain Gray*, Allan Wilson*

S1M-3778 Ms Margaret Curran: Homelessness etc. (Scotland) Bill - Stage 3-That the Parliament agrees that the Homelessness etc. (Scotland) Bill be passed.

Supported by: Des McNulty

S1M-3777 Mr Jim Wallace: Title Conditions (Scotland) Bill - Stage 3-That the Parliament agrees that the Title Conditions (Scotland) Bill be passed.

Supported by: Hugh Henry

S1M-3775 Mr Mike Rumbles: International Year of Mountains-That the Parliament notes that 2002 was the International Year of Mountains; further notes the high ecological value and great socio-economic importance of mountains for Scotland; welcomes the figure that 90% of visitors associate "beautiful scenery" with Scotland prior to their visit; notes the estimate that visits to the countryside for walking are worth 438 million to the Scottish economy; further notes the essential health benefits associated with walking anywhere, particularly in the hills, and calls on the Scottish Executive to continue to protect and promote Scotland's mountains as essential natural heritage, a source of wealth for the economy and a destination with significant health benefits for visitors.

Supported by: Scott Barrie

S1M-3774# Robert Brown: Lead Pipes in Drinking Water Supplies-That the Parliament notes the continued presence of lead pipes in both parts of the Scottish Water infrastructure and many domestic and business water supplies; notes the serious health hazards associated with lead in drinking water; notes the implications for the treatment of water supplies by Scottish Water and the unreliable nature of information as to the location of such lead pipes, and considers that an urgent review of the issue is needed and that action should be taken to ensure the removal of all lead pipes from drinking water supplies in Scotland as soon as possible and, specifically, to tackle the removal of lead pipes in Glasgow's older tenement areas.

S1M-3773 Pauline McNeill: Drug Rape-That the Parliament congratulates Strathclyde Police on responding to increasing public concern over date rape drugs and taking the matter seriously and welcomes the force's "Drug Rape - Watch What you Drink" campaign over the festive season, which calls on the public to take extra care, particularly in relation to alcohol which is involved in over 50% of date rape drugging cases.

Supported by: Scott Barrie

S1M-3766# Murdo Fraser: British Cattle Movement Service-That the Parliament notes the widespread concern amongst the Scottish farming community in relation to the operation of the British Cattle Movement Service (BCMS) and, in particular, the volume of administrative errors and the delays by the BCMS in dealing with correspondence; further notes that, as a result, the operation of the service has contributed to financial hardship in the farming sector at a time when farming incomes are already at desperately low levels, and considers that the Scottish Executive's Environment and Rural Affairs Department should institute an amnesty for all farmers that have been alleged by the BCMS not to have accurately and timeously supplied cattle record information and make representations to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs that a thorough review of the operation of the BCMS should be instituted with a view to eradicating the difficulties that have been identified.

Supported by: Mr Jamie McGrigor, Mr Brian Monteith

S1M-3765# Nicola Sturgeon: Removal of Thimerosal in Vaccines-That the Parliament notes with concern that thirteen vaccines currently available in the United Kingdom, including four that are administered to children, contain thimerosal, a compound 50% comprised of ethyl mercury and already banned in the United States of America; further notes the fears of a link between thimerosal and conditions such as autism and Alzheimer's disease, and considers that the Scottish Executive should take steps to eradicate thimerosal from vaccines available in Scotland and, in the meantime, inform the public about the availability of vaccines that do not contain thimerosal.

Supported by: Michael Matheson, Alex Neil

S1M-3764 Marilyn Livingstone: Learndirect Scotland-That the Parliament notes with pleasure the successful growth in the number of learndirect Scotland centres in 2002, from 235 to 390 of which 185 are in socially excluded areas; congratulates learndirect Scotland and its many partners on developing this valuable new infrastructure that represents a major contribution to social inclusion through widening access to learning skills and employability; congratulates, in particular, Fife College of Further and Higher Education on its exemplary commitment to extending access to learning, and notes that the college is opening its eighth centre this month, making this the largest number of centres to be established by any one organisation in Scotland.

Supported by: Mr Michael McMahon, Robert Brown, Ms Wendy Alexander, Mr John McAllion, Brian Fitzpatrick, Dr Sylvia Jackson, Maureen Macmillan, Tavish Scott, Trish Godman, Elaine Thomson, Bill Butler, Cathie Craigie, Nora Radcliffe, Karen Gillon, Scott Barrie, Robin Harper*, Mr Kenneth Macintosh*, Pauline McNeill*

S1M-3762# Sarah Boyack: New Investment for Dumbiedykes-That the Parliament regrets the withdrawal of Old Town and Hillcrest, the preferred housing associations, from the proposed housing stock transfer of Dumbiedykes in Edinburgh; notes the lack of investment in upgrading the housing stock in the area in the last six years; welcomes the development of key community facilities such as the IT learning centre, the community food co-operative, the Crags Sports Centre and the new Braidwood Community and Youth Centre; believes that there is a need for urgent action from the City of Edinburgh Council and the Scottish Executive to identify and deliver a new investment strategy for housing and improvements to the area in partnership with local residents, and considers that the Executive should urgently review the procedures and timescales for stock transfer in the light of the Dumbiedykes experience.

Supported by: Brian Fitzpatrick, Bristow Muldoon, Mr John McAllion, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Helen Eadie, Elaine Thomson, Ms Wendy Alexander, Trish Godman, Jackie Baillie, Scott Barrie, Mr Tom McCabe*

S1M-3759.1 Donald Gorrie: Dealing with Young Offenders-As an amendment to motion (S1M-3759) in the name of Christine Grahame, leave out from "considers" to end and insert "believes that the Scottish Executive should respond to these recommendations and take urgent action to remedy these defects."

S1M-3756# UNICEF Report, The State of the World's Children 2003 (lodged on 8 January 2003) Irene McGugan*

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, Donald Gorrie, Robert Brown, Nora Radcliffe

S1M-3430# Brian Adam: Safety Campaign on Diesel Spills-That 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.

Supported by: Alex Neil, Michael Matheson, Nora Radcliffe, Richard Lochhead, Ms Sandra White, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Adam Ingram, Colin Campbell, Mr David Davidson, Bruce Crawford, Mr Jamie Stone, Robin Harper, Mr John McAllion, Fiona McLeod, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Tricia Marwick, Andrew Wilson, Irene McGugan