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Business Bulletin No. 31/2003

Monday 17 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-3907 Ms Margaret Curran: The Draft Housing Support Grant (Scotland) Order 2003—That the Social Justice Committee, in consideration of the draft Housing Support Grant (Scotland) Order 2003, recommends that the Order be approved.

Supported by: Des McNulty*

*S1M-3906 Dorothy-Grace Elder: End Pro-War Spin—That the Parliament believes that the first casualty of war is truth; is deeply concerned about any "pro-war" spin which alarms the public and is without any proof; further believes that the untrue propaganda that New Year celebrations in Scotland could be hit by terrorist activities, that the London underground would be targeted and the hype over a threat to Heathrow and other airports have been against public interest and safety; is further concerned that such careless hype could in itself put the public in danger from disturbed individuals latching on to a situation; calls upon Her Majesty's Government to act responsibly and prevent politically motivated spin, and reminds it that anti-terrorist moves require to be mainly covert, that investment in proper surveillance is needed and that careless words are dangerous.

*S1M-3905 Ross Finnie: The Draft SFGS Farmland Premium 2003—That the Rural Development Committee, in consideration of the draft SFGS Farmland Premium Scheme 2003, recommends that the scheme be approved.

Supported by: Allan Wilson*

S1M-3904 Mr Jim Wallace: The Draft Members of the Parole Board (Removal Tribunal) Regulations 2003—That the Parliament, in consideration of the draft Members of the Parole Board (Removal Tribunal) Regulations recommends that the Regulations be approved

Supported by: Hugh Henry

S1M-3903 Mr Jim Wallace: The Draft Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Covert Human Intelligence Sources - Code of Practice) (Scotland) Order 2003—That the Justice 2 Committee, in consideration of the draft Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Covert Human Intelligence Sources - Code of Practice) (Scotland) Order 2003, recommends that the Order be approved.

Supported by: Hugh Henry

S1M-3902 Mr Jim Wallace: The Draft Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Covert Surveillance - Code of Practice) (Scotland) Order 2003—That the Justice 2 Committee, in consideration of the draft Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Covert Surveillance - Code of Practice) (Scotland) Order 2003, recommends that the Order be approved.

Supported by: Hugh Henry

S1M-3901 Donald Gorrie: The Future of Football in Scotland—That the Parliament urges the Scottish football authorities to appoint a group of people of high standing in Scotland with a genuine commitment to Scottish football that would promote and co-ordinate football coaching, competition and development at all levels, including schools, youth organisations, juvenile and youth football teams and adult amateur teams, in co-operation with existing organisations, and encourage and help professional clubs to develop youth training schemes.

S1M-3900 Cathie Craigie: St Valentine's Day - Women and Heart Disease Campaign—That the Parliament welcomes the British Heart Foundation's Valentine's Day campaign Take Note of Your Heart which aims to raise awareness among women about the risks of coronary heart disease (CHD); notes that more women die from CHD each year in Scotland than from all forms of cancer put together, including breast cancer; acknowledges that, despite this high rate, CHD is still widely considered to be a male disease; welcomes the approach taken by the Scottish Executive to reduce Scotland's high rate of heart disease through encouraging positive lifestyle choices, particularly as outlined in Coronary Heart Disease and Stroke: Strategy for Scotland and the healthyliving campaign, and encourages the Executive to work with the British Heart Foundation to promote awareness and prevention of CHD amongst women.

Supported by: Mr John McAllion, David Mundell, Rhoda Grant, Mr Michael McMahon, Johann Lamont, Elaine Thomson, Paul Martin, Sarah Boyack, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Cathy Peattie*, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh*, Margaret Jamieson*, Mr Gil Paterson*, Karen Gillon*, Janis Hughes*, Elaine Smith*, Nora Radcliffe*

S1M-3899 Tommy Sheridan: Closure of Glasgow City Social Security Office—That the Parliament recognises that those who rely on social security benefits are the most vulnerable in society and include elderly, disabled and infirm people and that these sections of the community often have difficulties with mobility and access to modern communications such as telephones and the internet; believes that social security is best delivered in properly staffed, local offices that are accessible to the community; is therefore dismayed at the plans of the Department for Work and Pensions for social security provision in Scotland including the closure of the Glasgow city office in 2003, which will mean a reduction in service and increased travel for the people in areas such as Glasgow city centre, Townhead, Possilpark, Hamiltonhill and Charing Cross who are seeking social security benefits advice and services, and the replacement of local overpayments sections with debt centres; is concerned at the absence of proper public debate and consultation on the closure of the Glasgow city office, and calls on the Department for Work and Pensions to keep the office open in its current form as a local social security office.

S1M-3898# 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; welcomes the decision by the Forth Valley NHS Board to recommend to the Executive that there should be a new single site acute hospital and notes the board’s unanimous recommendation that the favoured site for the hospital should be at the Royal Scottish National Hospital (RSNH), Larbert; recognises the difficulties at present in access to the RSNH for residents in Clackmannanshire, west Fife and Stirling, and considers that the Executive should do all in its power to ensure that the bridge is completed as soon as possible and that, in considering the proposed site for the new hospital, the road networks should provide equity of access to all residents in Forth Valley.

Supported by: Cathy Peattie, Mr Tom McCabe, Brian Fitzpatrick, Scott Barrie*, Maureen Macmillan*, Elaine Thomson*, Helen Eadie*, Trish Godman*, Mr Keith Raffan*

S1M-3897# Mr Kenneth Gibson: Suicide Emergency Telephone Hotline—That the Parliament notes with concern that in 2000 there were 880 reported suicides in Scotland, 676 males and 204 females, although the true figure could be higher; is conscious that many thousands of other people attempt to take their own lives each year; regrets that only a minority of the population know the telephone number of the Samaritans or any other organisation they could contact for help when feeling suicidal; believes that, to assist in achieving the goal of a 20% reduction in the incidence of suicide by 2013 set by the Scottish Executive in its National Strategy and Action Plan to Prevent Suicide in Scotland, everyone should be made aware of an all-Scotland telephone number to call for help; acknowledges that in the United States anyone can call a nationwide toll free number from anywhere in the country, 1-800-SUICIDE or 911, to ask for help which is provided swiftly if they say they are in ‘suicidal danger’; believes that the Scottish Executive should set up a suicide prevention crisis hotline, whereby calls from suicidal individuals are treated as an emergency, through using the existing 999 emergency number from which they can be referred directly to a dedicated suicide prevention 24 hour hotline, and further acknowledges that the purpose of this line would be to save lives through dissuading suicidal people from killing themselves and that the Executive should, once such a line was established, take steps to let the public know about it.

Supported by: Colin Campbell, Linda Fabiani

S1M-3896 Pauline McNeill: Celtic Connections 10th Anniversary—That the Parliament congratulates the organisers of the Celtic Connections traditional music festival on achieving ten years of celebrating Celtic music and notes that this annual festival, that takes place in January each year, is now firmly established as Scotland's largest Celtic music event.

Supported by: Brian Fitzpatrick, Tommy Sheridan

S1M-3895 Ross Finnie: The Nitrate Vulnerable Zones (Grants) (Scotland) Scheme 2003 (SSI 2003/52)—That the Transport and the Environment Committee, in consideration of the Nitrate Vulnerable Zones (Grants) (Scotland) Scheme 2003, recommends that the instrument be approved.

Supported by: Allan Wilson

S1M-3885 Mr Jamie McGrigor: Fishing Industry Crisis—That the Parliament recognises the severity of the crisis facing the Scottish fishing industry; believes that the effects of the conservation measures already taken by Scottish fishermen have not been taken into full consideration; notes the Scottish Executive’s 50 million aid package but questions the balance of the allocation between decommissioning and transitional funding, and further notes that the Common Fisheries Policy of collective management has been disastrous for the Scottish fishing industry and must be replaced, and that only a move to national and local control will bring sustainability to the Scottish fishing industry in the future.

S1M-3884 Richard Lochhead: Recovery Package for the Fishing Industry—That the Parliament rejects the decommissioning proposals contained in the Scottish Executive’s fisheries package; calls on ministers to consult with the fishing industry with a view to delivering a recovery package that includes transitional support measures for the catching and onshore sectors that will keep the industry intact; believes that European and HM Treasury support should be provided to fund these measures, and further calls on the Scottish Executive to urgently renegotiate the fisheries deal agreed by Her Majesty’s Government in December in order to secure a fair level of fishing opportunities for the Scottish fleet.

Supported by: Mr John Swinney, Fiona Hyslop, Alex Neil, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Nicola Sturgeon, Colin Campbell, Tricia Marwick, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Michael Russell, Irene McGugan, Alasdair Morgan, Ms Sandra White, Christine Grahame, Michael Matheson, Shona Robison, Kay Ullrich, Brian Adam, Fiona McLeod, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Bruce Crawford, Fergus Ewing, Linda Fabiani, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Roseanna Cunningham, Stewart Stevenson

S1M-3883# Brian Fitzpatrick: Catholic Education Week - 16 to 23 February 2003—That the Parliament acknowledges family life as an important initiation into living in society; further acknowledges that parents are the principal and first educators of their children; recognises the key role of all educators in giving our young people instruction and formation that is respectful of shared truths, the qualities of the heart and the moral and spiritual dignity of humankind; welcomes the important past, present and future contributions of Catholic schools to the better education and national life of Scotland; notes the success of many denominational schools in fostering school ethos and, in particular, in improving the academic achievements of disadvantaged youngsters; affirms and supports the right of all parents to choose Catholic schools for their children, and extends its best wishes to all involved in preparations for events taking place for Catholic Education Sunday and Week from 16 to 23 February 2003 and the establishment of the new Catholic Education Service.

Supported by: Paul Martin, Cathie Craigie, Angus MacKay, Mr Michael McMahon, Karen Whitefield, Michael Matheson, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Kate Maclean, Pauline McNeill, Cathy Peattie*

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.

Supported by: Alex Neil, Kay Ullrich, Michael Matheson, Mr Gil Paterson, Ms Sandra White, Stewart Stevenson, Shona Robison, Tricia Marwick, Richard Lochhead, Mr Keith Harding, Linda Fabiani, Mr David Davidson, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Mr Adam Ingram, Colin Campbell, Robin Harper, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Brian Adam, Roseanna Cunningham, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Mr John McAllion, Mrs Margaret Smith, Michael Russell, Bruce Crawford, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Fiona McLeod, Alasdair Morgan, Irene McGugan, Tommy Sheridan, Fiona Hyslop*

S1M-3882.1 Robert Brown: Pharmacy Services in Scotland—As an amendment to motion (S1M-3882) in the name of Nicola Sturgeon, insert after second "Scotland", "at a time when there is also the threat to the future of local sub-post offices and the viability of many suburban and rural shopping centres,"

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.

Supported by: Alex Neil, Kay Ullrich, Michael Matheson, David Mundell, Alex Fergusson

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

S1M-3876.1 Mr Brian Monteith: Funding for Local Roads—As an amendment to motion (S1M-3876) in the name of Dr Sylvia Jackson, leave out from "for a number of decades" and insert "this sum, though welcome, is but a fraction of the amount needed to address the problem; notes that capital spending on the construction and improvement of local roads across Scotland during the four years up to 1997 was 562 million, compared with 326 million in the four years after 1997; further welcomes the report of Stirling Council’s cross-party scrutiny group and its call for the Scottish Executive to reduce its ring-fencing of funding allocated to local authorities; further notes that the scrutiny group highlighted the policy decision of Stirling Council’s current Labour/SNP administration to reduce the share of roads grant-aided expenditure (GAE) allocated to roads, so that in 2001-02 only 65% of it was allocated to roads maintenance, compared with 126% in Perth and Kinross Council and a Scottish average of 103%; notes that, had Stirling Council’s expenditure on roads maintenance been at 100% of roads GAE over the last six years, a further 9.8 million would have been spent on local roads in the district; understands that the SCOTS roads condition survey report, part-funded by the Scottish Executive, is now complete and believes that it should be published, and recognises that solving the problems affecting Stirling’s roads requires a change of policy, from both the Scottish Executive and Stirling Council."

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

S1M-3874.1 Tricia Marwick: The Scottish Fire Service—As an amendment to motion (S1M-3874) in the name of Marilyn Livingstone, leave out from second "believes" to end and insert "recognises that fire services in Scotland are wholly devolved to the Parliament and that any legislation that may be introduced to it must achieve a distinctive, Scottish fire service as outlined in The Scottish Fire Service of the Future and must be subject to full and extensive scrutiny by the Parliament and its committees."

Supported by: Ms Sandra White, Fiona McLeod, Fiona Hyslop, Colin Campbell, Shona Robison, Alex Neil, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Michael Matheson, Linda Fabiani, Bruce Crawford

S1M-3870# Forest Enterprise - Location of HQ in Inverness (lodged on 6 February 2003) Mary Scanlon*

S1M-3868 Paisley Threads (lodged on 6 February 2003) Cathy Peattie*

S1M-3864# Mr Brian Monteith: Location of a New Hospital for Forth Valley—That the Parliament notes the announcement by the Forth Valley NHS Board that its favoured location for a new single-site hospital for Forth Valley is the Royal Scottish National hospital site at Larbert; further notes that the board is to undertake further work including a feasibility study and transport impact assessment before submitting its outline business case to the Scottish Executive this summer; recognises that the Scottish Executive and the Minister for Health and Community Care retain the ultimate say over the location of the proposed new hospital for the area, and believes that the Executive should consider any case for a new hospital in the context of the accessibility of the hospital to the public and the consequential arrangements for community health care throughout the Forth Valley NHS Board area.

Supported by: Mr Keith Harding, Alex Johnstone

S1M-3860# Mr Andrew Welsh: Arbroath CAFE Project—That the Parliament applauds the pioneering work of the Arbroath CAFE Project which provides an invaluable service for young people in the area; notes that a safe, community alcohol-free environment was established where young people could socialise and engage in a wide range of activities, providing a positive alternative to "life on the street"; recognises the success of the project which has received national and international recognition and is being used as a model for projects elsewhere in the country and further afield; congratulates the project on being chosen as the launch pad in Scotland of the British Council’s global Dreams and Teams project and on its plans to launch a pilot scheme, "Street Football for All " to take place throughout Angus with a view to becoming a national project, and wishes the CAFE Project every success with both these initiatives and in continuing to provide opportunities for young people and the wider community.

Supported by: Michael Matheson, Irene McGugan, Murdo Fraser, Ms Sandra White, Alex Johnstone, Donald Gorrie, Alex Neil, Brian Adam, Robert Brown, Mr David Davidson, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Robin Harper, Mr Jamie Stone, Richard Lochhead, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Shona Robison, Fiona Hyslop, Mr John McAllion, Kay Ullrich, Tommy Sheridan, Dennis Canavan*

S1M-3847 Firefighters' Dispute (lodged on 4 February 2003) Brian Fitzpatrick*

S1M-3846 The Right to Vote for Women 75th Anniversary (lodged on 4 February 2003) Ian Jenkins*

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

*S1M-3834.1 Linda Fabiani: Scottish Input to the General Agreement on Trade in Services—As an amendment to motion (S1M-3834) in the name of Helen Eadie, leave out from "and seeks" to end and insert "further notes the answer to question S1W-33604 by Mr Andy Kerr on 13 February 2003 and, in particular, the last paragraph of the answer which states that "PPP is governed by EU Procurement Regulations which already require an open and inclusive approach" and that the "General Agreement on Trade in Services applies worldwide and its policy of liberalisation is not inconsistent with the rules under which PPP is procured", and believes that this indicates that services that are subject to PPP will not be exempt from liberalisation under the General Agreement on Trade in Services."

S1M-3831 Cuban Economic Embargo (lodged on 30 January 2003) Cathy Peattie*

S1M-3757 Ms Margaret Curran: Building (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees that the Building (Scotland) Bill be passed.

Supported by: Hugh Henry

S1M-3730 Mr Jim Wallace: Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees that the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill be passed.

Supported by: Hugh Henry