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Business Bulletin No. 36/2003

Monday 24 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-3938 Brian Adam: Social Inclusion Partnerships - New Audit Arrangements-That the Parliament condemns the changes in social inclusion partnership (SIP) audit arrangements imposed by Communities Scotland, which will lead to SIPs having to employ private firms of chartered accountants to undertake future audit work; notes that this will cost the Great Northern Partnership in Aberdeen at least 3,500 per annum, which will reduce the amount of work done in the communities of Middlefield, Tillydrone, Fersands and Printfield as it will in other socially excluded areas throughout Scotland, and calls on Communities Scotland to either abandon this imposition or fully fund the cost of the new arrangements.

*S1M-3937 Karen Gillon: Civil Service Jobs Dispersal-That the Parliament welcomes the progress made on the dispersal of civil service jobs throughout Scotland; believes that an assessment should be made of the benefits that dispersal has brought to the respective local economies; notes the pending dissolution of the Parliament and seeks early expedition of the timetable for future dispersals to ensure further progress; acknowledges that the dispersal selection criteria take account of cost, operational effectiveness, social, economic and environmental considerations and the position of staff, but nonetheless believes that future dispersals should ensure that all communities share in the economic and social benefits of the relocation policy.

Supported by: Tavish Scott*, Elaine Thomson*, Cathie Craigie*, Brian Fitzpatrick*, Mr Murray Tosh*

*S1M-3936 Susan Deacon: Fair Trade Fortnight-That the Parliament is committed to encouraging the use of Fair Trade products and recognises the significance of the eighth annual Fair Trade Fortnight from 3 to 16 March 2003 with the campaign slogan 'Trust Your Taste' highlighting the quality and range of products and launching a new fair trade mark; recognises the contribution that Fair Trade makes to tackling poverty in the world's poorest countries through supporting people to provide for their own families, and is confident that there will be an increase in both the supply and purchase of Fair Trade products across Scotland.

*S1M-3935 Rhona Brankin: National Galleries of Scotland Bill - Preliminary Stage-That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the National Galleries of Scotland Bill and that the bill should proceed as a private bill.

S1M-3934 Mr Lloyd Quinan: Closure of Egunkaria-That the Parliament condemns the actions of the Spanish Government and the Guardia Civil in closing the Basque newspaper Egunkaria and believes that this attack on the democratic rights of the Basque media is an unacceptable practice in the 21st century.

S1M-3933 Robert Brown: Current International Situation-That the Parliament recognises the strength of public opinion on the possibility of military action against Iraq; supports the United Nations' objective to rid Iraq of weapons of mass destruction; recognises that the United Nations weapons inspectors must be given time to complete their investigations in Iraq; believes that recourse to war should only be as a last resort after all political and diplomatic channels have been exhausted, and opposes any military action not sanctioned by a further resolution of the United Nations Security Council and a vote on a substantive motion in the House of Commons.

Supported by: George Lyon, Mrs Margaret Smith, Iain Smith, Ian Jenkins, Nora Radcliffe, Mr Keith Raffan, Mr Mike Rumbles, Tavish Scott, Mr Jamie Stone, John Farquhar Munro, Donald Gorrie

S1M-3932 David Mundell: Post Office Card Accounts-That the Parliament believes that those post office customers in Scotland who wish to continue receiving their benefits, pensions payments and tax credits through the Post Office, following the introduction of automated credit transfer in April 2003, should be allowed to do so through a post office card account opened at the counter of a post office or sub-post office; further believes that customers should be offered a genuine choice between the options available, including a post office card account; supports the National Federation of SubPostmasters' call that there should be no administrative obstacles to customers opening a post office card account; notes the importance of post office card accounts to the future financial viability of sub-post offices, and calls upon Scottish ministers to work with Her Majesty's Government to ensure that there is a level playing field in the marketing, promotion and advertising of the banking options from all departments of Her Majesty's Government, including the Department for Work and Pensions, the Inland Revenue and the Veterans Agency, the Scottish Executive and its agencies and local authorities.

S1M-3931 Mr Jim Wallace: The Draft Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exclusions and Exceptions) (Scotland) Order 2003-That the Justice 1 Committee, in consideration of the draft Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exclusions and Exceptions) (Scotland) Order 2003, recommends that the Order be approved.

Supported by: Hugh Henry

S1M-3930 Mr Jim Wallace: The Draft General Commissioners of Income Tax (Expenses) (Scotland) Regulation 2003-That the Justice 2 Committee, in consideration of the draft General Commissioners of Income Tax (Expenses) (Scotland) Regulations 2003, recommends that the Regulations be approved.

Supported by: Hugh Henry

S1M-3929 Elaine Smith: Possible Military Action Against Iraq-That the Parliament congratulates Glasgow City and Dundee City councils on the recent adoption of resolutions against the possible war on Iraq; recognises that, whilst this is ultimately an issue reserved to the United Kingdom Parliament, it remains both the right and responsibility of every elected body within the United Kingdom to express the concerns of their electors; joins with both Glasgow City and Dundee City councils in considering that a pre-emptive attack on Iraq is neither necessary nor justified, and acknowledges that any such unilateral military action contravenes international law and poses a significant threat to international peace and stability.

Supported by: Mr John McAllion, Dorothy-Grace Elder*

S1M-3928 Mr John McAllion: Anti-war Demonstration on 15 February 2003-That the Parliament congratulates the Scottish Coalition for Justice not War for organising the magnificent anti-war demonstration in Glasgow on 15 February 2003; salutes the nearly 100,000 Scots that raised their voice against any attack on the people of Iraq; recognises that they represent the true voice of the people of Scotland, and therefore calls on Her Majesty's Government to use its influence in the UN Security Council to negotiate for a peaceful solution to the current crisis.

Supported by: Elaine Smith, Dorothy-Grace Elder*

S1M-3926 Irene Oldfather: Early Partial Immersion in French - Evaluation-That the Parliament welcomes the recent publication of Evaluation Report: Early Partial Immersion in French at Walker Road Primary School, Aberdeen, The First Two Years - 2000/1 and 2001/2 by the Scottish Centre for Information on Language Teaching and Research, University of Stirling, in collaboration with Aberdeen City Council; notes with interest the overall aim of the project for children to achieve a good level of literacy and numeracy in both English and French by the end of their primary education; congratulates the project co-ordinators on the success of the project thus far, whereby primary 2 children are able to communicate and process basic French; applauds the teachers, parents, co-ordinators and pupils for their enthusiasm and dedication to the project; recognises the importance of our young people being exposed to a European language; notes the benefits that such language proficiency will have for their future education and employment prospects; wishes the project every success in its next phase, and calls for consideration to be given to rolling the project out to other areas of Scotland.

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan

S1M-3925 Robin Harper: White Ribbons for Peace-That the Parliament welcomes the "white ribbons for peace" campaign by CND whereby members of the public may wear a white peace ribbon to show their opposition to a war on Iraq; notes that proceeds from the sale of ribbons are going into a legal fund that may be used to bring ministers of Her Majesty's Government before the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity in the event that Iraqi civilians are killed or injured as a direct or indirect result of an attack on Iraq, and urges members of the public to support the campaign. R

Supported by: Dorothy-Grace Elder*

S1M-3923 Susan Deacon: Public Opposition to Military Action Against Iraq-That the Parliament recognises the strength of public opposition to any support for unilateral US military action against Iraq as evidenced by the mass protests that took place in Glasgow and elsewhere across the UK and worldwide on 15 February 2003 and believes that a pre-emptive attack on Iraq is neither necessary nor justified and would be in contravention of international law.

Supported by: Bill Butler, Scott Barrie, Pauline McNeill, Mr John Swinney, Fiona Hyslop, Michael Russell, Kay Ullrich, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Ms Sandra White, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Alex Neil, Fergus Ewing, Elaine Smith, Roseanna Cunningham, Tricia Marwick, Richard Lochhead, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Brian Adam, Nicola Sturgeon, Stewart Stevenson, Mr John McAllion, Kate Maclean, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Christine Grahame, Mr George Reid, Mr Adam Ingram, Andrew Wilson, Bruce Crawford, Linda Fabiani, Shona Robison, Irene McGugan, Fiona McLeod, Margo MacDonald, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Gil Paterson, Cathy Peattie*, Dennis Canavan*, Dorothy-Grace Elder*

S1M-3922 Mr John McAllion: United States of America Government Ban on Importation of Glenfiddich Havana Reserve Malt Whisky-That the Parliament condemns the ban by the Government of the United States of America on the Glenfiddich Havana Reserve single malt entering the United States; notes the absurdity of banning a Scotch malt on the grounds that it is matured in Cuban rum barrels; further notes that this ban highlights the absurdity and iniquity of the oppressive Helms Burton Act that seeks to punish any contact or trade with Cuba, and looks forward to closer links between Scotland and Cuba through trade, tourism and ties of friendship.

Supported by: Scott Barrie, Alex Neil, Elaine Smith, Tommy Sheridan, Ms Sandra White, Dorothy-Grace Elder*

S1M-3916 Nicola Sturgeon: Proposed Closure of Glasgow City Centre Social Security Office-That the Parliament notes with concern the proposal to close Glasgow City Social Security Office, currently located in Pitt Street, and replace it with a debt call centre responsible for the recovery of benefit overpayments; further notes that to date there has been no consultation with staff or users of this office; is concerned that the closure of the only social security office in Glasgow city centre will result in increased travel for the 6,000 claimants who rely on it for benefits advice and over-the-counter payments, and calls on the management of Job Centre Plus and the Department for Work and Pensions to reconsider these plans.

Supported by: Michael Matheson, Alex Neil, Tommy Sheridan, Ms Sandra White, Dorothy-Grace Elder*

S1M-3915# John Farquhar Munro: Sabhal Mor Ostaig Awarded Queen's Anniversary Prize-That the Parliament congratulates Sabhal Mòr Ostaig on its outstanding achievement in winning the Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher Education, a prize which is awarded in recognition of excellence, initiative and innovation; recognises the great progress Sabhal Mòr Ostaig has made since its origins in a derelict farm steading on Skye so that it is now Scotland's leading Gaelic education college, and considers that the Scottish Executive should honour Sabhal Mòr Ostaig by recognising it as a National Centre of Excellence for Gaelic Language and Culture.

Supported by: Mr Brian Monteith, Maureen Macmillan

S1M-3913 Mr Andy Kerr: The Draft Non-Domestic Rating (Petrol Filling Stations, Public Houses and Hotels) (Scotland) Order 2003-That the Local Government Committee, in consideration of the draft Non-Domestic Rating (Petrol Filling Stations, Public Houses and Hotels) (Scotland) Order 2003, recommends that the Order be approved.

Supported by: Peter Peacock

S1M-3912 Mr Andy Kerr: The Draft Water Undertakings (Rateable Values) (Scotland) Order 2003-That the Local Government Committee, in consideration of the draft Water Undertakings (Rateable Values) (Scotland) Order 2003, recommends that the Order be approved.

Supported by: Peter Peacock

S1M-3911 Ross Finnie: The Draft Road Traffic (Vehicle Emissions) (Fixed Penalty) (Scotland) Regulations 2003-That the Transport and the Environment Committee, in consideration of the draft Road Traffic (Vehicle Emissions) (Fixed Penalty) (Scotland) Regulations 2003, recommend that the Regulation be approved.

Supported by: Allan Wilson

S1M-3910 Ross Finnie: The Draft Landfill (Scotland) Regulations 2003-That the Transport and the Environment Committee, in consideration of the draft Landfill (Scotland) Regulations 2003, recommends that the Regulations be approved.

Supported by: Allan Wilson

S1M-3909 Margo MacDonald: War with Iraq - Not in Scotland's Name-That the Parliament, mindful of its duty to faithfully reflect and promote Scottish opinion internationally and following the demonstrations against war with Iraq on 15 February 2003, reminds Her Majesty's Government that any decision to initiate war with Iraq will be taken not in our name.

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan

S1M-3908 Mr John Swinney: Not In Our Name-That the Parliament notes the overwhelming feeling in Scotland against unilateral or bilateral military action in Iraq; notes the scale of the anti-war demonstrations across the world on Saturday 15 February 2003 and, in particular, notes that almost 100,000 people took to the streets of Glasgow to express their opposition to the inevitable path to war currently being taken by the Governments of the United Kingdom and the United States of America; supports the role of the United Nations and the rule of international law in dealing with this crisis, and shares the contempt felt by the people of Scotland towards the murderous Iraqi regime but recognises the overwhelming view of the people that the rush to war must be halted in the name of peace and world security.

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

S1M-3908.1 Tommy Sheridan: Not In Our Name-As an amendment to motion (S1M-3908) in the name of Mr John Swinney, leave out from "role" to end and insert "rule of international law in dealing with this crisis; shares the contempt felt by the people of Scotland towards the murderous Iraqi regime but recognises the overwhelming view of the people that the rush to war must be halted in the name of peace and world security; further notes the need for a world forum to represent and articulate the views of the nations throughout the world, but believes that the United Nations (UN) in its current form does not adequately perform the role because of the ability of the Government of the United States of America (USA) to bribe and coerce the UN to secure its will or to proceed unilaterally if it is unable to do so, and believes that the 191 countries of the UN should be allowed democratic votes from across the world rather than be dominated by the USA, which represents only 5% of the world's population, because the evidence currently shows that bombing Iraq is unjust and immoral, regardless of UN resolutions."

Supported by: Mr John McAllion

S1M-3901 The Future of Football in Scotland (lodged on 13 February 2003) Ian Jenkins*

S1M-3900 St Valentine's Day - Women and Heart Disease Campaign (lodged on 13 February 2003) Mr Brian Monteith*

S1M-3899 Closure of Glasgow City Social Security Office (lodged on 13 February 2003) Dorothy-Grace Elder*

S1M-3897# Suicide Emergency Telephone Hotline (lodged on 13 February 2003) Ian Jenkins*

S1M-3896 Celtic Connections 10th Anniversary (lodged on 12 February 2003) Mr Brian Monteith*

S1M-3882 Pharmacy Services in Scotland (lodged on 10 February 2003) Ian Jenkins*, Dorothy-Grace Elder*

S1M-3876.1 Funding for Local Roads (lodged on 11 February 2003) Lord James Douglas-Hamilton*, Mr David Davidson*

S1M-3858 Parliament Mail Services Contract and Royal Mail (lodged on 5 February 2003) Dorothy-Grace Elder*

S1M-3832# University of Edinburgh School of Informatics (lodged on 30 January 2003) Ian Jenkins*

S1M-3777 Mr Jim Wallace: Title Conditions (Scotland) Bill - Stage 3-That the Parliament agrees that the Title Conditions (Scotland) Bill be passed.

Supported by: Hugh Henry

S1M-3723# Angus MacKay: Ethical Investment-That the Parliament notes the work of Edinburgh University People and Planet group and the decision of the Edinburgh University Students' Association to endorse overwhelmingly a motion on ethical investment during its general meeting; congratulates students that have chosen to highlight the issue on the university campus by campaigning that the University of Edinburgh's investments of 160 million should be invested only in ethical companies that do not flout human rights, exploit workers, pollute heavily or irresponsibly sell armaments; welcomes the decision of the University Court to make available previously confidential information about investments as a first step in achieving these aims but considers that the University of Edinburgh should go further by developing a fully accountable ethical investment policy, and believes that other universities in the United Kingdom should develop similar policies based on the shared values of their staff and students.

Supported by: Brian Fitzpatrick, Donald Gorrie, Irene Oldfather, Susan Deacon, Ms Sandra White, Nora Radcliffe, Pauline McNeill, Maureen Macmillan, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Richard Lochhead, Margaret Jamieson, Colin Campbell, Sarah Boyack, Jackie Baillie, Ms Wendy Alexander, Trish Godman, Dr Sylvia Jackson, Mr Michael McMahon, Kate Maclean, Margo MacDonald, Robin Harper, Fiona Hyslop, Robert Brown, Karen Gillon, Mr Jamie Stone, Mr John McAllion, Alex Neil, Bill Butler, Michael Russell, Linda Fabiani, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Gil Paterson, Kay Ullrich, Tommy Sheridan, Elaine Thomson, Elaine Smith, Cathy Peattie, Marilyn Livingstone, Dennis Canavan, Irene McGugan, Fiona McLeod, Karen Whitefield, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Scott Barrie, Helen Eadie, Mr Murray Tosh, Mr Lloyd Quinan, George Lyon, Mr Kenny MacAskill

S1M-3647# Mr Jamie Stone: Wick Ambulance Service-That the Parliament recognises the vital work of the Wick ambulance service; is concerned at the lack of additional funding that was made available to the Highlands from the 22 million the Scottish Ambulance Service (SAS) received for modernisation; notes the long on-call working regime that means ambulance crews are often on duty for as much as 20 hours at a time and are routinely required to make long journeys of over 200 miles; is further concerned that crews suffer from sleep deprivation, possibly endangering themselves, their passengers and other road users, and asks the Scottish Executive and the SAS to urgently review the on-call working arrangements at Wick Ambulance Station, where staff are paid less than 90p per hour for being on-call, with a view to upgrading it from part-time on-call to full-time.

Supported by: Donald Gorrie, Robin Harper, Mary Scanlon, Tommy Sheridan, Nora Radcliffe, Bill Butler