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Business Bulletin No. 27/2003

Tuesday 11 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-3882 Nicola Sturgeon: Pharmacy Services in Scotland—That the Parliament recognises the invaluable contribution provided by community pharmacies to the NHS in Scotland; further recognises that the present control of entry system for pharmacies wishing to dispense NHS prescriptions currently suits the needs of Scottish patients; notes with concern the findings of the Office of Fair Trading in its report The control of entry regulations and retail pharmacy services in the UK; further notes that acceptance of the Office of Fair Trading’s recommendations may threaten the livelihood of community pharmacists across Scotland, and therefore calls on the Scottish Executive to reject any action to alter the statutory arrangements for controlling entry to NHS pharmaceutical lists.

*S1M-3881 Alasdair Morgan: Relocation of Forest Enterprise Headquarters—That the Parliament believes that there is a strong case for relocating public service jobs from Edinburgh to rural parts of Scotland; notes that Dumfries is being considered as one of four options for the location of the headquarters of Forest Enterprise; acknowledges that Dumfries already has the south of Scotland office for the agency and is located in close proximity to many of Scotland's major forests and forest industries, and asks the Scottish Executive to examine closely the serious case that can be made for relocating Forest Enterprise's headquarters to south west Scotland.

*S1M-3880 Andrew Wilson: Scottish Economic Growth—That the Parliament notes with concern the long-term underperformance of the Scottish economy and the growing gap in wealth created per head between Scotland and the rest of the UK and the south east of England in particular; recognises that the symptoms of economic underperformance cannot be dealt with on a sustainable basis until the root cause of economic underperformance is addressed directly; calls for all leaders in Scottish public life to work towards a national consensus around the drive to bridge the gap between Scotland's economic performance and economic potential, and, in working towards that consensus, further recognises that differences of opinion on policy prescriptions are a healthy part of the democratic debate but calls for an open mind on all sides in respect of the range of policy options that are, and should be, available to the Scottish Executive in working towards making Scotland as competitive as its competitors.

*S1M-3879 Michael Russell: Education—That the Parliament notes Educating for Excellence: Choice and Opportunity, the Scottish Executive’s response to the National Debate on Education and the statement by the Minister for Education and Young People on launching the document; further notes that in places the document is contradicted by the Minister’s statement; expresses concern that the document contains little new despite the high quality of many responses to the consultation; is particularly concerned that, despite the Minister’s admission in her statement that matters of literacy and numeracy "are among our most pressing problems "and that "we will not tolerate underperformance in literacy and numeracy", the document contains no clear and firm commitment to actions that will change the present situation in which the number of pupils failing to meet the required standards of literacy and numeracy by S2 is unacceptably high, and therefore supports the Scottish National Party’s radical programme to reduce class sizes in the first three years of primary education to 18 or below and to re-focus teaching effort on core skills throughout the primary school and into the early secondary years.

Supported by: Irene McGugan*

S1M-3876# Funding for Local Roads (lodged on 7 February 2003) Donald Gorrie*

S1M-3874# The Scottish Fire Service (lodged on 7 February 2003) Donald Gorrie*

S1M-3872 Limited Partnership Tenancies (lodged on 6 February 2003) Donald Gorrie*

S1M-3871# Glasgow City Council Against Pre-Emptive Attack on Iraq (lodged on 6 February 2003) Donald Gorrie*

S1M-3870# Forest Enterprise - Location of HQ in Inverness (lodged on 6 February 2003) Mr Kenneth Gibson*, Mr Lloyd Quinan*, Mr Gil Paterson*

S1M-3868 Paisley Threads (lodged on 6 February 2003) Donald Gorrie*

S1M-3865 Closure of the Boots Factory in Airdrie (lodged on 6 February 2003) Donald Gorrie*

S1M-3863# Dispersal of Civil Service Jobs (lodged on 5 February 2003) Donald Gorrie*

S1M-3861 Inauguration of the MacRobert Prize, RAF Cranwell (lodged on 5 February 2003) Donald Gorrie*

S1M-3860# Arbroath CAFE Project (lodged on 5 February 2003) Donald Gorrie*

S1M-3859 National Asthma Campaign Scotland Manifesto, A Breath of Fresh Air (lodged on 5 February 2003) Donald Gorrie*, Mrs Margaret Smith*

S1M-3858 Parliament Mail Services Contract and Royal Mail (lodged on 5 February 2003) Donald Gorrie*

S1M-3855 Scottish Fishing Services (lodged on 4 February 2003) Donald Gorrie*

S1M-3847 Firefighters' Dispute (lodged on 4 February 2003) Donald Gorrie*

S1M-3846 The Right to Vote for Women 75th Anniversary (lodged on 4 February 2003) Donald Gorrie*, Mrs Margaret Smith*

S1M-3845 Contracting Out of Parliament's Mail Services (lodged on 4 February 2003) Donald Gorrie*

S1M-3841 Chernobyl Children's Life Line (lodged on 3 February 2003) Donald Gorrie*

S1M-3840# Young People in Sport (lodged on 3 February 2003) Margo MacDonald*

S1M-3839 The Madrid Declaration (lodged on 3 February 2003) Donald Gorrie*

S1M-3837 MV Princess Victoria (lodged on 31 January 2003) Mr Murray Tosh*

S1M-3836# Scottish Trades Union Movement (lodged on 31 January 2003) Pauline McNeill*

S1M-3831 Cuban Economic Embargo (lodged on 30 January 2003) Pauline McNeill*

S1M-3830# European Commission Directive on Food Supplements (lodged on 30 January 2003) Pauline McNeill*

S1M-3829 Centenary of James McNeill Whistler (1834 - 1903) (lodged on 29 January 2003) Pauline McNeill*

S1M-3824# Scottish Police Memorial Trust (lodged on 29 January 2003) Pauline McNeill*

S1M-3808# Landfill Tax Credit Scheme (lodged on 27 January 2003) Pauline McNeill*

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

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