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Business Bulletin No. 21/2003

Monday 3 February 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-3838 Tommy Sheridan: Mail Services in the Parliament-That the Parliament congratulates the Royal Mail on the excellent service that it has provided to the Parliament over the last four years; expresses concern that the contract has been put out to tender and could be lost to cost-cutting anti-trade union firms that do not share a public sector ethos, and calls on the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body to cancel this unnecessary competitive process and re-award the contract to the Royal Mail.

*S1M-3837 Alex Fergusson: MV Princess Victoria-That the Parliament notes the commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the sinking of the MV Princess Victoria, one of the first roll-on roll-off ferries brought into service between Scotland and Ireland after the second world war; remember with great respect the 133 passengers and crew lost on the afternoon of 31 January 1953, and pays tribute to the bravery of the crews of the Royal Navy lifeboats from Portpatrick and Donaghadee and HMS Contest who unsuccessfully attempted to locate the stricken ferry in appalling conditions

*S1M-3836# Cathy Peattie: Scottish Trades Union Movement-That the Parliament believes that a strong trade union movement is an essential element of a healthy democratic society and that the rights of workers should be strengthened not diminished; congratulates the Scottish Executive on its willingness to engage constructively with the trade union movement, and believes that the concordat signed in April 2002 by the Scottish Executive and the Scottish Trades Union Congress provides a sound basis for continued co-operation.

*S1M-3835 Ms Wendy Alexander: Hillington Park Innovation Centre-That the Parliament applauds the contribution Hillington Park Innovation Centre (HPIC) is making in supporting new companies with significant growth potential to establish themselves, take root and diversify the Renfrewshire economy, increasing the potential for indigenous small and medium enterprise growth; believes that, since Scottish Enterprise Renfrewshire supported the establishment of HPIC in 2000, the centre's high-quality building and infrastructure have been helping secure Renfrewshire's attraction to businesses seeking a strong, supportive and entrepreneurial environment supported by an on-site innovation team providing business development support; congratulates those responsible for a 16 million rise in turnover and an employment level of 240 people created by 36 tenants occupying over 80% of the lettable space with further employment opportunities anticipated; supports HPIC's development of good relationships internationally and with the University of Paisley and other universities, resulting in the award of a Department of Trade and Industry Internet Incubator Fund project, "UNISP", which has so far provided support to five new e-commerce-related businesses coming out of universities; notes that HPIC is a recipient of the prestigious Scottish Property award for innovation, and would like to add its own recognition to this exciting enterprise.

Supported by: Brian Fitzpatrick*, Bristow Muldoon*, Johann Lamont*

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.

Supported by: Ms Sandra White*, Mr Adam Ingram*, Mr Gil Paterson*, Mr Lloyd Quinan*, Colin Campbell*, Tricia Marwick*

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 Brian Fitzpatrick: Centenary of James McNeill Whistler (1834 - 1903)-That the Parliament commends the hard work and efforts of all of the people associated with the events taking place at The Hunterian Art Gallery, University of Glasgow, to mark the centenary of the death of James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903); notes that, while Whistler only visited Scotland once, he had strong links with the country through his family and the influence of his work, most notably on the Glasgow Boys; further notes that one of the world's most important collections of Whistler's work is held at the Hunterian Art Gallery and was presented to the University of Glasgow by Whistler's heir, Rosalind Birnie Philip, in recognition of his Scottish links and the conferral of an honorary degree on him in 1903; applauds the sterling efforts of all concerned in securing the return to Glasgow on loan from the Musée d'Orsay, for the first time in half a century, of Whistler's most famous work, Arrangement in Grey and Black No. 1: Portrait of the Painter's Mother (1871), and in explaining the significance of the painting for Whistler, its acquisition by the Musée du Luxembourg in 1891 and its continuing life as an icon and inspiration for satirists, cartoonists, copyists and others; commends the work of the Centre for Whistler Studies at the University of Glasgow in preparing an edition of the 10,000 letters in the Whistler correspondence, highlighting his contacts with artists, critics, dealers, models, patrons, publishers and many more and demonstrating that he was known as much for his sharp wit as for his art during the half-century from 1855 to 1903, and is encouraged by the support lent by LloydsTSB Scotland for a range of Whistler 2003 exhibitions and events as part of a Glasgow-wide festival running throughout the year.

Supported by: Mr Jamie Stone, Michael Russell, Cathie Craigie, Jackie Baillie, Helen Eadie, Mr Brian Monteith, Ms Sandra White, Trish Godman, Mr Kenneth Macintosh*, Ian Jenkins*

S1M-3828 Christine Grahame: Cockenzie House-That the Parliament notes with concern the threatened and imminent closure of Cockenzie House in Cockenzie, a private nursing home currently with 56 residents aged from 50 to 90, due to persistent under-funding by the local authority; further notes that by 31 March 2003 it is probable that those 56 frail people will lose what is now their home and that this is yet another example of the loss of local provision for the frail and elderly, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to take immediate steps nationwide to provide urgent funding in the interests of those who are our most vulnerable citizens.

Supported by: 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# Stewart Stevenson: Towns Review-That the Parliament recognises the invaluable contribution that Scotland's towns make to national life and the fabric of society, notes with concern the current lack of plans to carry out a towns review and provide funds on a similar basis as for cities, and believes that a review should be carried out, as a matter of urgency, to promote and restore vitality in Scotland's towns which would result in job creation, enhanced service provision, improved infrastructure and a boost to civic pride.

Supported by: Mrs Margaret Ewing, Colin Campbell, Linda Fabiani, Christine Grahame, Tricia Marwick, Alex Neil, Ms Sandra White, Michael Matheson, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Michael Russell, Roseanna Cunningham*, Richard Lochhead*, Mr Jamie Stone*

S1M-3826 Mr Jim Wallace: The Draft Child Support Appeals (Jurisdiction of Courts) (Scotland) Order 2003-That the Justice 2 Committee, in consideration of the draft Child Support Appeals (Jurisdiction of Courts) (Scotland) Order 2003, recommends that the Order be approved.

Supported by: Hugh Henry

S1M-3824# Linda Fabiani: Scottish Police Memorial Trust-That the Parliament welcomes the formation of the Scottish Police Memorial Trust by James McNulty, retired police officer, and Christine Fulton, widow of Constable Lewis Fulton of Strathclyde Police who was the last officer to be murdered on duty in Scotland in June 1994; notes that the purpose of the trust is to identify a suitable location and build and maintain a national memorial to all Scottish police officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty, and considers that the Scottish Executive should support this initiative.

Supported by: Stewart Stevenson, Michael Matheson, Mr Gil Paterson*, Mr Adam Ingram*, Mr Murray Tosh*, Mr Kenneth Gibson*, Christine Grahame*, Brian Adam*, Mr Jamie Stone*, Mr Kenny MacAskill*, Richard Lochhead*, Murdo Fraser*, Mr Lloyd Quinan*, Michael Russell*, Tricia Marwick*, Fiona Hyslop*, Robin Harper*, Phil Gallie*, Ms Sandra White*, Colin Campbell*, Shona Robison*, Bristow Muldoon*

S1M-3823 Tricia Marwick: Scottish Fire Services-That the Parliament deplores the action taken by Her Majesty's Government to introduce legislation to take new powers of direction over the fire service; is mindful that under the Scotland Act 1998 the Scottish Parliament has legislative competence for all fire service matters in Scotland, and urges the Scottish Executive to develop a distinctive Scottish Fire Service as outlined in the consultation paper The Scottish Fire Service of the Future and to make it clear to Her Majesty's Government that any legislation for the Scottish Fire Service will be subject to proper consultation and scrutiny by the committees of the Parliament.

Supported by: Colin Campbell, Linda Fabiani, Stewart Stevenson, Alex Neil, Bruce Crawford, Fiona Hyslop, Fergus Ewing, Ms Sandra White, Nicola Sturgeon, Shona Robison, Fiona McLeod, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Richard Lochhead, Brian Adam, Michael Russell, Michael Matheson, Christine Grahame, Kay Ullrich, Irene McGugan, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Mr Adam Ingram

S1M-3821# Richard Lochhead: Crime in the North East-That the Parliament expresses concern over the level of crime in Grampian; believes that this is largely linked to substance misuse; recognises that substance misuse and consequent crime affects both urban and rural communities in the region; notes that Aberdeen has the highest level of break-ins of any local authority area in Scotland and the second highest level of overall crime; notes that Grampian has the highest level of crimes of dishonesty in Scotland; believes that the situation is not helped by the historical under-funding of Grampian Police which has one of the lowest levels of funding in Scotland and the lowest level of police officers per head of population; further believes that the situation is exacerbated by the length of time that drug misusers must wait for treatment from local services, and considers that the Scottish Executive should investigate the level of crime in Grampian and take the necessary steps to tackle the causes.

Supported by: Stewart Stevenson, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Adam Ingram, Ms Sandra White, Brian Adam, Michael Matheson, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Colin Campbell, Kay Ullrich, Christine Grahame, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Roseanna Cunningham, Alex Neil, Irene McGugan

S1M-3820# Dr Richard Simpson: New Forth Road Bridge Crossing Near Kincardine-That the Parliament welcomes the decision of the Scottish Executive to proceed with the new Forth road bridge crossing upstream from the Kincardine Bridge; notes the decision by the Forth Valley NHS Board to recommend to the Scottish Executive that there should be a new single site acute hospital and that the favoured site should be at the Royal Scottish National Hospital, Larbert; recognises the very real difficulties in access to the proposed site for patients from Clackmannanshire, West Fife and Stirling, and considers that the Scottish Executive should do all in its power to ensure that the bridge is completed as soon as possible and that, in considering any site for the new hospital, the road networks will provide equity of access to all residents in Forth Valley.

Supported by: Cathy Peattie, Scott Barrie, Brian Fitzpatrick, Mr Tom McCabe

S1M-3820.1 Dennis Canavan: New Forth Road Bridge Crossing Near Kincardine-As an amendment to motion (S1M-3820) in the name of Dr Richard Simpson, leave out from "notes" to end and insert "further welcomes the decision by Forth Valley NHS Board to recommend to the Scottish Executive that there should be a new single-site acute hospital and that the favoured site should be at the Royal Scottish National Hospital, Larbert, and considers that the Executive should ensure that the new bridge is completed as soon as possible and that access to and egress from the motorway at Larbert are improved so that the new hospital will be more accessible for all the people of Forth Valley."

Supported by: Michael Matheson

S1M-3819 Tommy Sheridan: Statement by the Deputy Prime Minister on the Fire Service-That the Parliament condemns the dictatorial attempt by the Deputy Prime Minister to impose a new national settlement on the firefighters; believes that this is a prelude to cutting the numbers of firefighters, fire stations and level of firecover and is a threat to the people of Scotland and the UK as a whole, and demands that the Scottish Executive resists these attempts and continues the normal process of negotiations and agreement with trade unions.

S1M-3813 Robin Harper: World Economic Forum, Davos, 2003-That the Parliament notes the attendance of Patricia Hewitt, Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, at the meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) at Davos, Switzerland, on 23 to 27 January 2003; notes that the WEF is a meeting of business leaders and politicians to discuss world social and economic policy; notes that previous meetings of the WEF have seen promises from chief executives of multinational corporations about their aspirations to achieve social and environmental responsibility; believes that voluntary action by corporations on environment and social issues is not delivering sustainability, and therefore urges the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry to propose binding rules on corporations in order that they can be held accountable for their environmental and social impacts.

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-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.

Supported by: Stewart Stevenson, Michael Matheson, Alex Neil, Tommy Sheridan

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, Stewart Stevenson, Jackie Baillie, Helen Eadie, Nora Radcliffe, Rhoda Grant, Bill Butler, Ms Sandra White, Karen Whitefield, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Kate Maclean, Alex Neil, Dr Richard Simpson, Scott Barrie, Trish Godman, Robin Harper, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Mr Jamie Stone, Mr Michael McMahon, John Farquhar Munro, Pauline McNeill, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Michael Russell, Cathie Craigie, Margaret Jamieson, Marilyn Livingstone, Ian Jenkins*

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.

Supported by: Brian Fitzpatrick, Robert Brown, Dr Richard Simpson, Scott Barrie, Trish Godman, Irene McGugan

S1M-3804.1 Linda Fabiani: Performance of Holyrood Progress Group-As an amendment to motion (S1M-3804) in the name of Margo MacDonald, leave out from "has no" to end and insert "notes that the Holyrood Progress Group was not responsible for the purchase of the reception desk for the new Parliament building and expresses concern that a member of this Parliament would arbitrarily submit a motion of no confidence in parliamentary colleagues without first carrying out basic research to establish the facts of the matter."

Supported by: Fiona McLeod, Mr Jamie Stone, Richard Lochhead, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Stewart Stevenson, Mr John Home Robertson, Kay Ullrich, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Tricia Marwick*

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

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, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Adam Ingram, Tommy Sheridan, Kay Ullrich, Ms Sandra White, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Mr Gil Paterson

S1M-3729 Mr Andy Kerr: Public Appointments and Public Bodies etc (Scotland) Bill-That the Parliament agrees that the Public Appointments and Public Bodies etc. (Scotland) Bill be passed.

Supported by: Peter Peacock

S1M-3727 Tricia Marwick: Proportional Representation (Local Government Elections) (Scotland) Bill - Stage 1-That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Proportional Representation (Local Government Elections) (Scotland) Bill.

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

S1M-3612# Trish Godman: Tackling Under Age Drinking-That the Parliament commends the members of the Renfrewshire Council on Alcohol for their innovative and widely welcomed Young Persons Advisory Project which seeks to guide and educate young people and school children on the growing social, personal and health problems associated with underage drinking; notes that many of the youngsters that have attended the project's counselling programmes have benefited from their participation; further notes that they and their parents now have a greater awareness and a more sensible view of alcohol and its dangers; is pleased to see that there is growing interest in the project's work from as far away as the New Zealand Police, and believes that such initiatives dealing with alcohol and substance misuse amongst children and young people should receive appropriate support from the Scottish Executive.

Supported by: Ms Sandra White, Irene Oldfather, Brian Fitzpatrick, Alex Neil, Mr Jamie Stone, Mr Tom McCabe, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Jackie Baillie, Johann Lamont, Rhoda Grant, Mr Michael McMahon, Elaine Thomson, Mr Murray Tosh, Mr Keith Raffan, Maureen Macmillan, Bristow Muldoon, Mr Alasdair Morrison, Sarah Boyack, Helen Eadie, Margaret Jamieson, John Farquhar Munro, Fiona McLeod, Karen Whitefield, Colin Campbell, Robin Harper, Ms Wendy Alexander, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Donald Gorrie, Bill Butler, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Adam Ingram, Ian Jenkins, Angus MacKay, Marilyn Livingstone, Karen Gillon, Dr Richard Simpson, Elaine Smith, Mr Kenneth Macintosh