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Business Bulletin No. 54/2003

Thursday 20 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-4047 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Bill - Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees that, during today’s proceedings at Stage 3 of the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Bill, debate on each part of the proceedings shall be brought to a conclusion by the time-limits indicated (each time-limit being calculated from when today’s proceedings at Stage 3 begin and excluding any periods when other business is under consideration or when the meeting of the Parliament is suspended or otherwise not in progress)—

Groups 58 to 67 - no later than 1 hour and 30 minutes

Groups 68 and 69 - no later than 3 hours

Groups 70 to 81 - no later than 4 hours

Motion to pass the Bill – no later than 4 hours and 30 minutes

Supported by: Euan Robson*

*S1M-4046 Alex Fergusson: Scottish Agricultural College Restructuring—That the Parliament notes the decision of the board of the Scottish Agricultural College to restructure the colleges at Edinburgh as recommended in the Deloitte & Touche survey; regrets that this decision ignores the social impact of the recommendations on the south west and north east of Scotland and runs contrary to the Scottish Executive’s policy of dispersing agency and department jobs and offices outwith the central belt; considers that the basis for some of the evidence, such as the student survey, is questionable as is the weighting system which was devised by the board itself, and calls for a further study into the potential of the Auchincruive campus as the sole location of the colleges’ educational and advisory services in its future structure.

Supported by: David Mundell*, John Scott*, Phil Gallie*

*S1M-4046.1 Mr Mike Rumbles: Scottish Agricultural College Restructuring—As an amendment to motion (S1M-4046) in the name of Alex Fergusson, leave out from "potential" to end and insert "Scottish Agricultural College’s educational and advisory services."

*S1M-4045 Rhona Brankin: United Kingdom Social Enterprise of the Year—That the Parliament notes that McSence of Midlothian, the biggest social enterprise in Scotland, has won the title of United Kingdom Social Enterprise of the Year; congratulates McSence on winning this prestigious New Statesman award; further notes that the community business was started up following the closure of the Bilston Glen and Monktonhall coal mines, and welcomes the fact that it now turns over 1.5 million per annum, with 250,000 of the profits being ploughed back into projects for the unemployed, children, elderly people and the local community.

*S1M-4044 Mr Adam Ingram: Scottish Agricultural College—That the Parliament views with concern the plans by the Scottish Agricultural College Board to move the college’s teaching and research services from Auchincruive, Ayrshire, and Craibstone, Aberdeenshire, to Edinburgh and calls for a full economic impact assessment that takes into account the effect that this move will have on students, staff and local communities before the proposal is approved by the Scottish Executive.

*S1M-4041 Tommy Sheridan: Comments by SNP Councillor on Firefighters—That the Parliament condemns the comments of SNP councillor and Convener of the Tayside Joint Fire Board, Frances Duncan, who labelled firefighters who take part in democratic strike action on 20 March 2003 as "irresponsible"; condemns her specific comments in the Dundee Evening Telegraph of 18 March 2003 that "I feel it would be rather irresponsible for FBU General Secretary Andy Gilchrist to encourage his members to strike during a time of imminent war"; believes these comments to be wholly inappropriate, especially in the light of the disgusting attacks on firefighters made by Tory MP Bernard Jenkin to the effect that firefighters were the "friends of Saddam", and upholds the democratic right of trade unionists to engage in legitimate industrial action, including the withdrawal of their labour, regardless of any central government action in an illegal war with Iraq.

S1M-4031 Support for Armed Forces (lodged on 18 March 2003) Christine Grahame*, John Scott*, Mr Keith Harding*

*S1M-4031.1 Tommy Sheridan: Support for Armed Forces—As an amendment to motion (S1M-4031) in the name of Ben Wallace, leave out from "supports" to end and insert "sympathises with the men and women of Her Majesty’s armed services who are being placed in an unacceptably difficult position by being ordered to participate in an unjust, immoral and illegal bombardment and invasion of Iraq which will, according to World Health Organisation estimates, result in civilian casualties ranging from 100,000 to 500,000 and create in excess of two million refugees and therefore believes that the best way to support Scottish troops and other UK armed service personnel is to bring them home immediately."

S1M-4030 Double Ear Tagging of Sheep (lodged on 17 March 2003) Christine Grahame*, John Scott*, Mr Keith Harding*

S1M-4029# Community Buyout of the North Harris Estate (lodged on 17 March 2003) Rhoda Grant*, Johann Lamont*, Mr Tom McCabe*, Maureen Macmillan*

S1M-4026 The Antonine Wall (lodged on 17 March 2003) Mr Keith Harding*

S1M-4025 Glasgow Centre for the Child and Society (lodged on 14 March 2003) Paul Martin*, Bill Butler*

S1M-4021# Relocation of European Maritime Safety Agency to Glasgow (lodged on 13 March 2003) Kay Ullrich*, Mr Kenny MacAskill*, Mr Gil Paterson*, Mr Kenneth Gibson*

S1M-4020# Great Northern Partnership and Social Inclusion Partnerships (lodged on 13 March 2003) Mr Tom McCabe*

S1M-4016# Announcement of Glasgow Airport Rail Link Project (lodged on 12 March 2003) Mr Tom McCabe*

S1M-4016.1 Announcement of Glasgow Airport Rail Link Project (lodged on 14 March 2003) Tommy Sheridan*

S1M-4015# Welcome Overhaul of Credit Laws (lodged on 12 March 2003) Brian Fitzpatrick*, Mr Tom McCabe*, Tommy Sheridan*, Nora Radcliffe*

S1M-3993 Proposed Redundancies at Solectron, Dunfermline (lodged on 5 March 2003) Karen Whitefield*

S1M-3989 UNESCO World Book Day 6 March 2003 (lodged on 5 March 2003) Karen Gillon*, Karen Whitefield*

S1M-3969# 20th Anniversary of the Recognition of HIV/AIDS (lodged on 27 February 2003) Karen Whitefield*

*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.

*The member has provided the following translation:

Dùnadh Egunkaria

Gu bheil a' Phàrlamaid a' càineadh gnìomhan Riaghaltas agus Guardia Civil na Spàinne ann a bhith a' dùnadh a' phàipeir-naidheachd Bhasgais Egunkaria agus gu bheil i a' creidsinn gu bheil an ionnsaigh seo air còraichean deamocratach nam meadhanan Basgach na chleachdadh neo-iomchaidh anns an 21mh linn.*