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Business Bulletin No. 20/2003

Friday 31 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-3834# Helen Eadie: Scottish Input to the General Agreement on Trade in Services—That the Parliament notes the current negotiations taking place through Her Majesty’s Government on the General Agreement on Trade in Services that covers many areas that are within the Scottish Parliament’s legislative competence; notes the need to feed Scottish concerns into the negotiations, and seeks assurances on the implications of article 1.3 that defines only services supplied in the exercise of governmental authority that are supplied neither on a commercial basis nor in competition with one or more service suppliers as exempt.

*S1M-3833 Mr Andy Kerr: Local Government Bill - UK Legislation—That the Parliament endorses the principle of including in the Local Government Bill powers for the Scottish Ministers to issue directions and guidance to Scottish local authorities in relation to staff transfer matters and agrees that the relevant provisions to confer executive functions on the Scottish Ministers in relation to these matters should be considered by the UK Parliament.

Supported by: Peter Peacock*

*S1M-3832# Sarah Boyack: University of Edinburgh School of Informatics—That the Parliament recognises the severity of the damage caused by the Old Town fire to the University of Edinburgh’s internationally renowned School of Informatics; congratulates the University on the rapid action taken to minimise the impact of the fire on its activities; supports the appeal to rebuild its unique Artificial Intelligence library, and gives its full backing to the University of Edinburgh’s aspirations to accelerate the development of its world-class research, teaching and technology transfer in this field.

*S1M-3831 Michael Matheson: Cuban Economic Embargo—That the Parliament condemns the United States (US) Government’s four-decade-old economic embargo against the people of Cuba with the Helms-Burton trade barrier; notes the recent legal advice provided to William Grant & Sons, that in the US 21-year old Glenfiddich Havana Reserve would fall foul of the trade barrier, purely because the whisky is matured in Cuban rum casks; congratulates William Grant & Sons on persisting with the use of Cuban rum casks despite the difficulties caused with the US market, and calls upon the current US Government to end the unjustified trade embargo against the people of Cuba.

*S1M-3830# Margo MacDonald: European Commission Directive on Food Supplements—That the Parliament notes that millions of people use food supplements and herbal remedies in the UK each year; regrets that the European Commission has published a directive on food supplements that will firstly reduce the numbers of supplements offered and secondly reduce the potency of those which remain, and, whilst noting Her Majesty’s Government’s assurances that such supplements will be treated as favourably as possible under UK law, considers that the Scottish Executive should do everything within its power to protect the right of consumers to continue to access the full range of supplements currently available.

S1M-3829 Centenary of James McNeill Whistler (1834 - 1903) (lodged on 29 January 2003) Michael Russell*, Cathie Craigie*, Jackie Baillie*, Helen Eadie*, Mr Brian Monteith*, Ms Sandra White*, Trish Godman*

S1M-3828 Cockenzie House (lodged on 29 January 2003) Michael Matheson*

*S1M-3828.1 Mr John Home Robertson: Cockenzie House—As an amendment to motion (S1M-3828) in the name of Christine Grahame, leave out from "with concern" to end and insert "the concern of residents, relatives and staff about the future of Cockenzie House Nursing Home; further notes the very substantial increase in funding from the Scottish Executive for nursing home fees in 2002, in addition to the free personal care package, and welcomes the progress of discussions about another substantial uprating in 2003; commends the efforts of East Lothian Council to help the proprietor of Cockenzie House by seeking to take up empty places in the home, and endorses the council’s determination to do everything in its power to safeguard the residents and, while acknowledging the right of the owner to sell Cockenzie House, urges him to resolve the uncertainty by selling the home as a going concern."

S1M-3827# Towns Review (lodged on 29 January 2003) Michael Matheson*, Mr Adam Ingram*, Mr Kenny MacAskill*, Mr Gil Paterson*, Mr Lloyd Quinan*, Michael Russell*

S1M-3824# Scottish Police Memorial Trust (lodged on 29 January 2003) Stewart Stevenson*, Michael Matheson*

S1M-3823 Scottish Fire Services (lodged on 29 January 2003) Michael Russell*, Michael Matheson*, Christine Grahame*, Kay Ullrich*, Irene McGugan*, Mrs Margaret Ewing*, Mr Adam Ingram*

S1M-3821# Crime in the North East (lodged on 28 January 2003) Roseanna Cunningham*, Alex Neil*, Irene McGugan*

S1M-3820# New Forth Road Bridge Crossing Near Kincardine (lodged on 28 January 2003) Mr Tom McCabe*

S1M-3820.1 New Forth Road Bridge Crossing Near Kincardine (lodged on 29 January 2003) Michael Matheson*

S1M-3806 National Holocaust Memorial Day, 27 January 2003 (lodged on 27 January 2003) Michael Russell*, Cathie Craigie*, Margaret Jamieson*, Marilyn Livingstone*

S1M-3805 Transport Needs of Disabled People (lodged on 27 January 2003) Irene McGugan*

S1M-3803 Medacs and the NHS (lodged on 24 January 2003) Mr Gil Paterson*

S1M-3795# Care Homes' Water Charges (lodged on 22 January 2003) Mr Gil Paterson*

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

S1M-3783# Litter Louts (lodged on 21 January 2003) Mr Gil Paterson*

S1M-3779 Reported Comments by the Chief Executive of the Scottish Prison Service (lodged on 20 January 2003) Mr Gil Paterson*

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

S1M-3733 Christmas Card Recycling (lodged on 20 December 2002) Susan Deacon*

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

S1M-3664# Race Equality Training (lodged on 28 November 2002) Susan Deacon*

S1M-3658# Creating Linguistic Access for Deaf and Deafblind People (lodged on 27 November 2002) David Mundell*

*S1M-3618 Michael Russell: Gaelic Language (Scotland) Bill - Stage I—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Gaelic Language (Scotland) Bill.

*The member has provided the following translation—

Gu bheil a’ Phàrlamaid a' toirt taic do phrionnsabalan coitcheann Bile Cànan na Gàidhlig (Alba).*