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Business Bulletin No. 17/2003

Tuesday 28 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-3812 Tommy Sheridan: Torness Nuclear Power Station-That the Parliament notes that Torness Nuclear Power Station was recently fined 15,000 for dumping radioactive materials in the sea; notes that Scotland does not need Torness to produce electricity and that it and the other nuclear power stations are a major economic burden to the taxpayer, and therefore calls for Torness to be closed and the workforce to be redeployed to decommission the plant.

*S1M-3811 Tommy Sheridan: Support for the February 15 Anti-War on Iraq Demonstration in Glasgow-That the Parliament notes the organisations that support the Scottish Coalition for Justice Not War that include the Scottish Trades Union Congress, Scottish UNISON, Scottish UCATT, Fire Brigades Union, Scottish Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, the Scottish Quakers, Iona Community, Trident Ploughshares, Faslane Peace Camp, Church and Nation Committee Church of Scotland, Roman Catholic Justice and Peace Commission, Christian Aid, Scottish United Nations Association, Campaign for Palestinian Rights, Scottish Palestinian Solidarity Campaign, Islamic Society of Britain, UK Islamic Mission, Muslim Association of Britain, Glasgow Refugee Action Group, Chhokar Family Campaign, Scottish Green Party, Labour Party Campaign for Socialism, Labour Campaign for Justice Not War, Scottish Socialist Party, Communist Party of Britain, Communist Party of Scotland, Democratic Left Scotland, Globalise Resistance, Socialist Labour Party, Campaign to Welcome Refugees, Scottish Centre for Non-Violence and Finance Workers Broad Left; agrees to support the demonstration on 15 February 2003 in Glasgow called by the Scottish Coalition for Justice Not War against attacking Iraq, and believes that waging world-wide war against poverty and injustice would deliver a more stable, peaceful and just world than a war waged on Iraq with the resultant loss of innocent Iraqi citizens' lives.

*S1M-3810 Christine Grahame: Private Finance Initiative-That the Parliament notes the recent findings of the Audit Commission report into Private Finance Initiative (PFI) in schools in England which compared 17 of 25 PFI schools with 12 traditionally funded schools and, in particular, notes that (a) the quality of school buildings built via more traditional means was, on average, better than early PFI schools, (b) there was criticism by users of design aspects such as classroom lay-out and size, (c) there was no clear-cut difference between traditional and PFI schools on unit costs, (d) there were particular concerns regarding risk allocation, for example vandalism was not a risk transferred to the provider although risk management was often the key factor in tipping the balance in favour of PFI, (e) if there was a major problem with a school building the bottom line was that the local authority, bearing statutory responsibility for education provision, had to step in if the PFI provider failed to respond, (f) the report found no evidence that PFI schemes delivered schools more quickly than more traditional methods and (g) the report recommended a choice of procurement options; therefore challenges the statements by the Minister for Finance and Public Services in his letter to me on 20 January 2003 that "the classic Public Private Partnership (PPP) model has been tried and tested by authorities in the market and has shown that it can attract competitive and efficient bids and deliver good outputs" and that PPP will deliver "real improvements to our school estate quickly and effectively", and calls upon the Scottish Executive to halt the PFI/PPP programme in the light of this and other critical reports.

*S1M-3809 Tommy Sheridan: Abolition of Council Tax-That the Parliament believes that the council tax is a fundamentally unfair and regressive tax; believes in social justice and the redistribution of wealth from the rich to the poor; therefore agrees to abolish the council tax and replace it with the Scottish Service Tax which is based on an individual's income and is inherently fairer, more efficient and redistributive; notes that this tax would raise more revenue than the council tax and that it would remove the burden of paying for local government jobs and services from the shoulders of low-paid workers and pensioners and place it firmly on the shoulders of the well-paid and the wealthy, and believes that the introduction of this tax should be complemented by the return of the right for local authorities to raise and retain their business rates and a thorough investigation of land value and speculation taxes to supplement local authority revenue.

*S1M-3808# Robin Harper: Landfill Tax Credit Scheme-That the Parliament notes problems being caused for voluntary and small business environmental projects by changes to the Landfill Tax Credit Scheme; notes that the Business Environmental Partnership has completed more than 600 environmental projects with 558 companies that have identified over 4.5 million annual cost savings opportunities, over 10 million in new sales opportunities, helped to safeguard 58 jobs in companies across the Lothians and assisted 25 businesses to achieve accreditation to IS0 14001 in environmental management systems; further notes the huge contribution made to recycling in Edinburgh by the Lothian and Edinburgh Environmental Partnership, an organisation that also recycles the Parliament's paper, and considers that the Scottish Executive should, as a matter of urgency, enter into consultation with all parties concerned, including HM Treasury and Entrust.

*S1M-3807 Mr Andy Kerr: The Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2003-That the Parliament agrees that the Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2003 (SSI 2003/42) be approved.

Supported by: Peter Peacock*

*S1M-3806 Brian Fitzpatrick: National Holocaust Memorial Day, 27 January 2003 -That the Parliament acknowledges that the Holocaust shook the foundations of modern civilisation and that its unprecedented character and horror will always hold universal meaning; condemns the evils of prejudice, discrimination and racism and affirms the values of a free, tolerant, and democratic society; believes that the Holocaust must have a permanent place in our nation's collective memory; honours the survivors still with us and reaffirms our commitment to the shared values of mutual understanding and justice; encourages educators, policy-makers, elected representatives, church and community leaders and parents to work together so that future generations understand the causes of the Holocaust and reflect upon its consequences and vows to remember the victims of Nazi persecution and of all genocide; values the sacrifices of those who risked their lives to protect or rescue victims, as a touchstone of the human capacity for good in the face of evil; recognises that humanity is still scarred by beliefs that nationality, race, religion, disability or sexuality make some people's lives worth less than others and notes that genocide, anti-Semitism, racism, xenophobia and discrimination still continue to scar humanity's conscience; pledges to work together against these evils and to strengthen our efforts to promote education and research about the Holocaust and other genocide to make sure that the lessons of such events are fully learnt, and further encourages continuing Holocaust remembrance by holding an annual UK Holocaust Memorial Day and associated local events.

Supported by: Karen Gillon*, Mr Murray Tosh*, Fergus Ewing*, Bristow Muldoon*, Angus MacKay*

*S1M-3805 Johann Lamont: Transport Needs of Disabled People-That the Parliament welcomes the European Year of Disabled People; congratulates the Scottish Executive on the introduction of free bus travel for people with disabilities, and believes that the Executive should consider further measures to address the transport needs of disabled people.

S1M-3794# Safeway's Support for Scottish Football (lodged on 22 January 2003) Brian Fitzpatrick*, Mr John McAllion*

S1M-3784# The Widening Pay Gap Between Men and Women (lodged on 21 January 2003) Ian Jenkins*

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