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Business Bulletin No. 44/2003

Thursday 6 March 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-3998 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Budget (Scotland) Act 2002 Amendment Order 2003 be approved.

Supported by: Euan Robson*

*S1M-3997 Irene Oldfather: T in the Park—That the Parliament congratulates the organisers of the annual T in the Park music festival on its 10th anniversary this year; welcomes the recent launch of this year's event; notes the success of the venture in previous years; acknowledges the contribution that the festival makes to the tourism industry in Scotland; welcomes the opportunities it affords new musical talent in Scotland to be showcased, and wishes T in the Park every success for this year's event.

*S1M-3996# Irene Oldfather: Spring Day in Europe—That the Parliament welcomes the European Commission's initiative "Spring Day in Europe" which will take place on 21 March 2003; notes the Commission's invitation to secondary schools across the European Union to participate by promoting discussion on the future of Europe; acknowledges the usefulness and importance of encouraging young people to participate in the debate on the challenges that lie ahead in reforming the European Union; recognises the importance of hearing about the expectations of tomorrow's citizens in this important debate; appreciates the need for co-operation at all levels of government to promote this initiative; notes the Scottish Executive's efforts to raise awareness of the day by contacting representatives of local authorities across Scotland, and wishes all secondary schools in Scotland that will be participating in "Spring Day in Europe" every success.

*S1M-3995# Helen Eadie: Lochgelly High School Pipe Bands and Drum Corps - Congratulations—That the Parliament welcomes the recent announcement by the Scottish Executive that additional money is to be made available to enable more students to enjoy the opportunity to learn music in schools; congratulates Lochgelly High School’s two pipe bands on their recent achievements and is especially proud that the drum corps, as well as being the world champion, is also British and Cowal champion; further notes that the Novice Juvenile Band is currently Fife, Scottish, Cowal and British champion, winning the coveted Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association’s Champion of Champions title for the season and that the Juvenile Band is currently Fife and British champion; believes that these bands show young people in the very best light, particularly against other bands up to the 19 years age limit but have competed in other Highland Games competitions in Bathgate, Crieff, Thornton, Markinch and Strathmiglo against older, adult bands and, even against such "hairy-kneed" opposition, have won eight firsts, four seconds and one third; supports such splendid achievements, and considers that the First Minister should reward them by inviting them to participate in the USA Tartan Day Celebrations this year.

*S1M-3994 Rhona Brankin: Public Library Services—That the Parliament welcomes the delivery of the People’s Network whereby all public libraries in every Scottish constituency will have free public internet access by the end of March 2003, thanks to the biggest single investment in public libraries since the days of Andrew Carnegie; recognises the 150th anniversary of public libraries, and celebrates World Book Day on 6 March 2003.

Supported by: Mr John Home Robertson*, Scott Barrie*

*S1M-3993 Scott Barrie: Proposed Redundancies at Solectron, Dunfermline—That the Parliament notes with deep concern the announcement of 4 March 2003 by Solectron Corporation that it is proposing to reduce its workforce in Dunfermline by up to 330 people; expresses the hope that the redundancies will not come about and that Solectron and all the key agencies involved will work to this end; recognises that trade unions will be fully involved throughout the consultation period, and calls on the Scottish Executive, Scottish Enterprise Fife and Solectron, in the event that the redundancies do take place, to ensure that those made redundant are given redundancy packages that recognise the excellent service they have provided to Solectron and that every possible assistance is given to those made redundant to ensure that they are afforded proper retraining opportunities, if required, in order to find alternative employment.

*S1M-3992 Robin Harper: UN Resolutions on Iraq—That the Parliament acknowledges that the two legal opinions published by Matrix Chambers indicate that neither United Nations Resolution 1441 nor the draft second resolution presently before the United Nations authorise the use of military action against Iraq; recognises that the weight of public opinion is that war on Iraq is not justified at least until a second resolution, clearly authorising the use of military action against Iraq, is agreed by the whole United Nations; recognises that neither Resolution 1441 nor the draft second resolution is the justification that many people in Scotland and the rest of the United Kingdom are demanding before military action is taken; recognises that military action taken on the basis of either resolution could be illegal, leaving the UK and the United States of America governments open to action before the International Criminal Court; calls on Her Majesty’s Government to withdraw support for military action on the basis of Resolution 1441 or the draft second resolution; remains unconvinced that there is sufficient evidence of the threat from the Iraqi regime to justify a war on Iraq that is certain to result in many thousands of civilian deaths and casualties, and believes that peaceful means to resolve the crisis have not been exhausted and must be pursued.

*S1M-3990 Irene McGugan: Nursery Nurses—That the Parliament notes that there are 7,500 nursery nurses working in Scotland's nursery schools, day nurseries and special schools who are paid different rates in different establishments in different parts of the country; further notes that these nursery nurses have been campaigning for two years for a review of their status and pay in order to establish a formal career structure and a national pay agreement in recognition of their important role in the education service, and urges all parties involved in these negotiations to bring about an early resolution to this issue.

*S1M-3989 Ms Wendy Alexander: UNESCO World Book Day 6 March 2003—That the Parliament notes that World Book Day events in the United Kingdom and Ireland will take place on Thursday 6 March 2003, a date chosen to fall within school term times; notes that 23 April 2003, the date originally designated by UNESCO in 1995, marks the birth and death of William Shakespeare, the greatest literary talent these islands have ever produced; believes that under the patronage of Baron Renfrew, King James VI and I, Shakespeare wrote some of his finest works including Macbeth, Antony and Cleopatra and The Tempest; considers these works to be among the first cultural masterpieces of the newly united kingdoms, proof of the defining bonds between Scotland and England and central to our place in the world and our sense of ourselves, and further considers that everyone in Scotland should be supported and encouraged to participate in UNESCO’s sixth World Book Day and that encouraging young people particularly to engage with the written word opens immeasurable life-enhancing opportunities and would be the most fitting tribute to the genius of William Shakespeare, the first great Briton.

S1M-3988 Maternity and Paediatric Services at the Inverclyde Royal Hospital, Greenock (lodged on 4 March 2003) Tommy Sheridan*

S1M-3987# International Women's Day (lodged on 4 March 2003) Tommy Sheridan*

*S1M-3986.1 Roseanna Cunningham: Record of the Scottish Executive—As an amendment to motion (S1M-3986) in the name of David McLetchie, leave out from "notes" to end and insert "regrets that four years of government by Labour and the Liberal Democrats in Scotland have failed to improve on the disastrous record of 18 years of Conservative rule; notes that since the Labour/Liberal Executive came to power, hospital waiting lists have grown longer, violent crime has risen, one in three children live in poverty and the economy has recorded the lowest level of growth anywhere in the European Union; recognises that a change of government is essential to reverse the decline in public services, and believes that only with the normal powers of an independent Parliament will Scotland be able to release its full potential."

*S1M-3986.2 Patricia Ferguson: Record of the Scottish Executive—As an amendment to motion (S1M-3986) in the name of David McLetchie, leave out from "not achieved" to end and insert "delivered a clear record of achievement which includes, amongst many other accomplishments, a full legislative programme and Executive action in urban and rural areas that has led to record investment in the health service, the abolition of tuition fees, the introduction of free personal care for older people, nursery places for all three- and four-year-olds whose parents want them, record numbers of police, an increase in the seizure of class "A" drugs by 173%, freezing business rates, rates relief for small businesses and a substantial programme for long-term investment in transport; notes that Scotland has achieved the lowest level of unemployment for 25 years, and further believes that the next Parliament will have every opportunity to build upon the foundations laid in this first session for a prosperous, confident Scotland.

Supported by: Euan Robson*

S1M-3975 Departure of Black Watch Regiment to the Gulf (lodged on 4 March 2003) Mr Brian Monteith*, Alex Johnstone*, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh*, Bill Aitken*, Phil Gallie*, Mr Jamie McGrigor*, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton*, John Young*, David Mundell*, John Scott*, Mr Murray Tosh*

S1M-3974 Staff of the Parliament (lodged on 3 March 2003) Mr John McAllion*, Cathie Craigie*, Trish Godman*, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh*, Mr John Home Robertson*, Brian Fitzpatrick*, Tricia Marwick*, Rhoda Grant*, Sarah Boyack*, Helen Eadie*, Robin Harper*, Fiona McLeod*, Karen Whitefield*, Karen Gillon*, Dr Richard Simpson*, Mr Kenneth Macintosh*, Mr Michael McMahon*, Ms Wendy Alexander*, Bill Butler*, Fiona Hyslop*, Tommy Sheridan*

S1M-3973 Regulation of Private Security Industry (lodged on 3 March 2003) Jackie Baillie*, Trish Godman*, Brian Fitzpatrick*, Helen Eadie*, Sarah Boyack*, Karen Gillon*, Mr John McAllion*, Tommy Sheridan*

S1M-3972# Jack Vettriano - Award of Honorary Doctorate by St Andrew's University (lodged on 3 March 2003) Alex Neil*, Mr Brian Monteith*, Tommy Sheridan*, David Mundell*

S1M-3970# Environmental Practices (lodged on 28 February 2003) Mr Jamie Stone*, Mr John McAllion*, Alex Neil*, Mary Scanlon*, Mr Brian Monteith*

S1M-3969# 20th Anniversary of the Recognition of HIV/AIDS (lodged on 27 February 2003) Susan Deacon*, Mr Jamie Stone*, Mr John McAllion*, Alex Neil*, Dr Richard Simpson*, Brian Fitzpatrick*, Mary Scanlon*

S1M-3968# Broughty Ferry Beach (lodged on 27 February 2003) Mr Jamie Stone*, Alex Neil*, Michael Matheson*

S1M-3967 The Sea Fishing (Restriction on Days at Sea) (Scotland) Order 2003 (lodged on 27 February 2003) Alex Neil*

S1M-3966 Death of Fred MacAulay/Fred MhicAmhlaidh (lodged on 26 February 2003) Mr John McAllion*

S1M-3965# War Pensioners' Accommodation at Erskine Hospital (lodged on 26 February 2003) Mr John McAllion*

S1M-3964# No Smoking Day 2003 (lodged on 26 February 2003) Mr Jamie Stone*, Dr Richard Simpson*, Brian Fitzpatrick*

S1M-3962 Arjo Wiggins Development of Heat and Power Generator (lodged on 26 February 2003) Mr John McAllion*, Brian Fitzpatrick*

S1M-3961# Reform of Charity Law (lodged on 26 February 2003) Susan Deacon*, Mr John McAllion*, Mr Duncan McNeil*

S1M-3960 700th Anniversary of the Battle of Roslin (lodged on 26 February 2003) Mr John McAllion*, Mr Brian Monteith*

S1M-3955 Reorganisation of Post Offices (lodged on 25 February 2003) Mr Jamie Stone*, Dr Richard Simpson*

S1M-3954 Effective Deer Management (lodged on 25 February 2003) Mr Jamie Stone*, Mary Scanlon*, Mr Brian Monteith*

S1M-3945 Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Bill - Consultation (lodged on 25 February 2003) Mary Scanlon*

S1M-3942 Chewing Gum Disposal (lodged on 24 February 2003) Mr John McAllion*, Alex Neil*

S1M-3941# Children of Iraq - Collateral Damage (lodged on 24 February 2003) Mr John McAllion*, Alex Neil*

S1M-3940# Shipbuilding on the Upper and Lower Clyde (lodged on 24 February 2003) Susan Deacon*

S1M-3937 Civil Service Jobs Dispersal (lodged on 21 February 2003) Dr Richard Simpson*

S1M-3936 Fair Trade Fortnight (lodged on 21 February 2003) Mr Jamie Stone*, Dr Richard Simpson*

S1M-3934 Closure of Egunkaria (lodged on 20 February 2003) Mr John McAllion*

S1M-3932# Post Office Card Accounts (lodged on 20 February 2003) Mr Jamie Stone*, Alex Neil*, Mary Scanlon*

S1M-3926 Early Partial Immersion in French - Evaluation (lodged on 19 February 2003) Mr Jamie Stone*

S1M-3925 White Ribbons for Peace (lodged on 19 February 2003) Mr John McAllion*

S1M-3923 Public Opposition to Military Action Against Iraq (lodged on 18 February 2003) Colin Campbell*

S1M-3915# Sabhal Mor Ostaig Awarded Queen's Anniversary Prize (lodged on 18 February 2003) Mr Jamie Stone*, Brian Fitzpatrick*

S1M-3901 The Future of Football in Scotland (lodged on 13 February 2003) Mr Jamie Stone*, Mary Scanlon*

S1M-3896 Celtic Connections 10th Anniversary (lodged on 12 February 2003) Dr Richard Simpson*

S1M-3883# Catholic Education Week - 16 to 23 February 2003 (lodged on 11 February 2003) Dr Richard Simpson*

S1M-3882 Pharmacy Services in Scotland (lodged on 10 February 2003) Mr Jamie Stone*

S1M-3876# Funding for Local Roads (lodged on 7 February 2003) Mr Jamie Stone*, Dr Richard Simpson*

S1M-3874# The Scottish Fire Service (lodged on 7 February 2003) Mr Duncan McNeil*

S1M-3874.1 The Scottish Fire Service (lodged on 11 February 2003) Christine Grahame*, Mr Kenny MacAskill*, Andrew Wilson*, Kay Ullrich*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Stewart Stevenson*, Brian Adam*, Irene McGugan*

S1M-3870# Forest Enterprise - Location of HQ in Inverness (lodged on 6 February 2003) Mr Jamie Stone*

S1M-3868 Paisley Threads (lodged on 6 February 2003) Mr Jamie Stone*, Dr Richard Simpson*

S1M-3865 Closure of the Boots Factory in Airdrie (lodged on 6 February 2003) Mr Jamie Stone*

S1M-3863# Dispersal of Civil Service Jobs (lodged on 5 February 2003) Mr Jamie Stone*, Dr Richard Simpson*

S1M-3861 Inauguration of the MacRobert Prize, RAF Cranwell (lodged on 5 February 2003) Mr Jamie Stone*

S1M-3859 National Asthma Campaign Scotland Manifesto, A Breath of Fresh Air (lodged on 5 February 2003) Dr Richard Simpson*

S1M-3837 MV Princess Victoria (lodged on 31 January 2003) Mr Jamie Stone*

S1M-3775 International Year of Mountains (lodged on 15 January 2003) Mr Jamie Stone*

S1M-3773 Drug Rape (lodged on 15 January 2003) Mr Jamie Stone*

S1M-3762# New Investment for Dumbiedykes (lodged on 13 January 2003) Mr Jamie Stone*

S1M-3738 Fame Academy (lodged on 24 December 2002) Mr Jamie Stone*

S1M-3737 Noise Pollution (lodged on 23 December 2002) Mr Jamie Stone*

S1M-3712 Scotland's Fishing Communities (lodged on 16 December 2002) Mr Jamie Stone*

S1M-3618 Gaelic Language (Scotland) Bill - Stage 1 (lodged on 21 November 2002) Mary Scanlon*

S1M-3611# General Agreement on Trade in Services (lodged on 20 November 2002) Mr Duncan McNeil*