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Business Bulletin No. 39/2003

Thursday 27 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-3966 Michael Russell: Death of Fred MacAulay/Fred MhicAmhlaidh—That the Parliament records with sadness the death of Fred MacAulay who as a broadcaster and broadcasting manager fought to maintain and expand the position of the Gaelic language in the Scottish media and in Scottish life, whose efforts over many years resulted in a huge expansion of Gaelic radio and television compared to the service as it was when he first became involved and whose wit, scholarship, enthusiasm and dedication to his own people, his language and his culture have acted; and will act, as a spur to many others and commends his example of courage and determination to all those who presently work for the language and its future.

The member has provided the following translation:

Gu bheil a’ Phàrlamaid le bròn a’ toirt fainear bàs Fred MhicAmhlaidh, a rinn strì mar chraoladair agus mar mhanaidsear craolaidh gus àite na Gàidhlig ann am meadhanan na h-Alba agus beatha na h-Alba a ghleidheadh agus a leudachadh; gu bheil na h-oidhirpean aige thar iomadh bliadhna air leudachadh mòr adhbharachadh ann an rèidio agus telebhisean Gàidhlig an coimeas ri mar a bha an t-seirbheis nuair a chaidh e an sàs ann an toiseach; gu bheil a eirmseachd, a sgoilearachd, a dhealasachd agus a dhìlseachd dhan t-sluagh, dhan chànan agus dhan chultar aige fhèin air a bhith, agus gum bi fhathast, a’ brosnachadh iomadh duine eile agus gu bheil a’ Phàrlamaid a’ moladh a eisimpleir de mhisneachd agus de dhaingneachadh dhan a h-uile duine a tha ag obair airson a’ chànain agus airson a leasachadh anns an àm ri teachd.

*S1M-3965# Tommy Sheridan: War Pensioners' Accommodation at Erskine Hospital—That the Parliament condemns the withdrawal of rent-free status for those war pensioners living in the grounds of Erskine Hospital and considers that the Scottish Executive should investigate the financial circumstances that have led to the withdrawal of their rent-free accommodation with a view to reinstating this concession in recognition of the heroism and sacrifice of these former soldiers.

*S1M-3964# Mr Kenneth Macintosh: No Smoking Day 2003—That the Parliament notes that No Smoking Day will take place on 12 March 2003; recognises that tobacco is responsible for more than one in every five deaths and is the single biggest preventable cause of death in Scotland; further notes the evidence that people consistently underestimate the health impacts of both smoking and passive smoking; recognises that the introduction of restrictions on smoking in the workplace is effective in motivating smokers to quit; acknowledges that cutting smoking rates in Scotland will reduce the high incidence of cancer and heart disease caused by smoking and passive smoking; supports the work done by agencies who campaign against tobacco in Scotland and the UK; applauds the work of health professionals in helping smokers to give up, and congratulates the 120,000 Scots who are expected to make a quit attempt on No Smoking Day 2003.

*S1M-3962 Rhoda Grant: Arjo Wiggins Development of Heat and Power Generator—That the Parliament welcomes the safeguarding of the jobs of 175 employees at Arjo Wiggins, Lochaber, with the allocation of a 5 million grant from the Department of Trade and Industry and the New Opportunities Fund under the Bio-Energy Capital Grant Scheme to build a combined heat and power generator; congratulates the company on its visionary plans to build such a generator that will make its plant energy self-sufficient; notes that the generator will require 106,000 tonnes of wood fuel each year, and further notes the positive knock-on impact that this development will have on the forestry industry in Scotland.

*S1M-3961# Jackie Baillie: Reform of Charity Law—That the Parliament shares the Scottish Executive's commitment to progressing the reform of charity law; recognises that this will assist in developing the contribution of charities to their communities; notes the voluntary sector's call for a charities bill, and welcomes the Executive's commitment to keep the need for such legislation under review.

*S1M-3960 Michael Russell: 700th Anniversary of the Battle of Roslin—That the Parliament remembers, on the 700th anniversary of their sacrifice, those who died on both sides at the Battle of Roslin on 24 February 1303; notes that what has been called Scotland’s forgotten battle was of enormous significance in the process of defending and then firmly establishing the independence of Scotland at a crucial time in its history, and commends the efforts of those who are endeavouring to ensure that the significance of the Battle of Roslin is at last understood and that the event is properly commemorated.

*S1M-3958 Ross Finnie: The Fishing Vessels (Decommissioning) (Scotland) Scheme 2003—That the Parliament agrees that the Fishing Vessels (Decommissioning) (Scotland) Scheme 2003 (SSI 2003/87) be approved.

Supported by: Allan Wilson*

*S1M-3956.1 Mr Kenneth Gibson: European Year of Disabled People—As an amendment to motion (S1M-3956) in the name of Ms Margaret Curran, insert at end ", accepting that much more needs to be done to ensure that Scotland is fully compliant with the Disability Discrimination Act 1995."

Supported by: Linda Fabiani*, Michael Matheson*

S1M-3955 Reorganisation of Post Offices (lodged on 25 February 2003) Mr John Home Robertson*, Kate Maclean*, Mr Kenneth Macintosh*, Brian Fitzpatrick*, Mr John McAllion*, Maureen Macmillan*, Elaine Thomson*, Paul Martin*, Johann Lamont*, Rhoda Grant*, Bill Butler*, Helen Eadie*, Rhona Brankin*, Mr Tom McCabe*

S1M-3945 Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Bill - Consultation (lodged on 25 February 2003) Phil Gallie*, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton*

S1M-3942 Chewing Gum Disposal (lodged on 24 February 2003) Kay Ullrich*

S1M-3941# Children of Iraq - Collateral Damage (lodged on 24 February 2003) Mr Adam Ingram*, Michael Russell*, Kay Ullrich*

S1M-3940# Shipbuilding on the Upper and Lower Clyde (lodged on 24 February 2003) Mr Kenneth Macintosh*, Dr Sylvia Jackson*, Nicola Sturgeon*, Brian Fitzpatrick*, Janis Hughes*, Johann Lamont*, Bill Butler*, Colin Campbell*, Karen Gillon*, Fiona McLeod*, Ms Wendy Alexander*, Mr Tom McCabe*

S1M-3938 Social Inclusion Partnerships - New Audit Arrangements (lodged on 21 February 2003) Kay Ullrich*

S1M-3937 Civil Service Jobs Dispersal (lodged on 21 February 2003) Maureen Macmillan*, Trish Godman*, Scott Barrie*

S1M-3936 Fair Trade Fortnight (lodged on 21 February 2003) Mr Kenneth Macintosh*, Elaine Smith*, Elaine Thomson*, Trish Godman*, Scott Barrie*, Dr Sylvia Jackson*, Kay Ullrich*

S1M-3935 National Galleries of Scotland Bill - Preliminary Stage (lodged on 21 February 2003) Brian Fitzpatrick*

S1M-3932# Post Office Card Accounts (lodged on 20 February 2003) Mr Adam Ingram*, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh*, Tavish Scott*, Scott Barrie*, Mr Brian Monteith*

S1M-3926 Early Partial Immersion in French - Evaluation (lodged on 19 February 2003) Brian Fitzpatrick*

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

*The member has provided the following translation:

Gu bheil a’ Phàrlamaid a’ cur meal-a-naidheachd air Sabhal Mòr Ostaig gun do rinn iad cho math le bhith a’ cosnadh Duais Ceann-bliadhna na Bànrighe airson Àrd-Fhoghlaim, duais a thathar a’ toirt seachad airson òirdheirceas, eirmseachd agus ùr-ghnàthachadh; gu bheil a’ Phàrlamaid ag aithneachadh an adhartais mhòir a tha Sabhal Mòr Ostaig air a dhèanamh bhon a thòisich e ann an seann shabhal anns an Eilean Sgitheanach gu bhith na phrìomh cholaiste foghlaim Gàidhlig ann an Alba san latha an-diugh, agus gu bheil a’ Phàrlamaid den bheachd gum bu chòir do Riaghaltas na h-Alba urram a chur air Sabhal Mòr Ostaig le bhith ga aithneachadh mar Ionad Nàiseanta Òirdheirceis airson cànan is cultar na Gàidhlig.*

S1M-3900 St Valentine's Day - Women and Heart Disease Campaign (lodged on 13 February 2003) Dr Sylvia Jackson*

S1M-3876.1 Funding for Local Roads (lodged on 11 February 2003) Mr Jamie McGrigor*

S1M-3868 Paisley Threads (lodged on 6 February 2003) Brian Fitzpatrick*

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

S1M-3832# University of Edinburgh School of Informatics (lodged on 30 January 2003) Dr Richard Simpson*

S1M-3752 Dumping of Salmon (lodged on 8 January 2003) Brian Fitzpatrick*

S1M-3735 Scotland's Fishing Communities (lodged on 23 December 2002) Brian Fitzpatrick*

S1M-3659 Muslim Festival of Eid al-Fitr (lodged on 27 November 2002) Brian Fitzpatrick*

S1M-3657 Trade for Life Action Pledge (lodged on 27 November 2002) Brian Fitzpatrick*