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Business Bulletin No. 56/2003

Monday 24 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-4054 Robin Harper: Attack on Iraq—That the Parliament condemns the decision by Her Majesty’s Government to order Her Majesty’s armed forces to join the United States of America in the use of military force against Iraq; recognises that this military action will result in the deaths and injury of both innocent Iraqi civilians and United Kingdom servicemen and servicewomen; recognises that such military action is contrary to international law and has undermined the authority of the United Nations; believes that such unilateral action is weakening the international coalition against terrorism and will result in increased support for terrorist groups whose intention is to act against civilians in the United Kingdom and in other countries, and calls on Her Majesty’s Government to disengage Her Majesty’s forces from hostilities against Iraq, to ensure in the meantime everything is done to minimise the number of civilian casualties resulting from this military action, particularly those caused by the use of cluster bombs, depleted-uranium armaments and landmines and to ensure that humanitarian relief is provided immediately upon the cessation of hostilities.

S1M-4053 Tommy Sheridan: Closure of Rankin Maternity Unit at Inverclyde Royal Hospital—That the Parliament notes the comments of Inverclyde GP Dr Mustafa Kapasi in the Big Issues in Scotland for 13 to 19 March 2003, in relation to the threatened closure of the 29-bed Rankin Maternity Unit at Greenock's Inverclyde Royal Hospital, that the closure plan was a "farce" and that "the maternity unit should remain in Inverclyde … It has the best safety record in Scotland. Paisley is a run-down hospital and for patients to be travelling 20-40 miles to reach it is a disaster"; further notes that GPs from both Inverclyde and Paisley unanimously voted in favour of the unit remaining in Greenock, and therefore resolves to support the local community and medical campaign to save the Rankin Maternity Unit from closure.

S1M-4052 Tommy Sheridan: Imposition of Pay Deal on Fire Service Personnel—That the Parliament condemns the Deputy Prime Minister’s intention to impose a pay deal on fire service personnel in England and calls on the Scottish Executive to refuse to follow this route and instead properly fund the fire service’s pay claim and allow a free and negotiated settlement.

S1M-4051 Brian Fitzpatrick: Hampden National Stadium Sports Health and Injury Clinic—That the Parliament congratulates all associated with the multi-sport Hampden National Stadium sports health and injury clinic charitable trust, whose members are the Scottish Football Association, University of Glasgow, Strathclyde University and Glasgow Caledonian University, which was formally opened by Sir Alex Ferguson on Thursday 20 March 2003; notes that the official opening took place almost a year from when the clinic first began offering the very best in sports medicine treatment and facilities to the public seven days a week; believes that the clinic serves as a national resource and focus for research and educational activity within sport and exercise medicine fitness and provides specialised equipment and access for disability athletes and that the vast majority of clients to the clinic have been sportsmen and women who exercise for fun and for health; recognises the contribution of the clinic as an important addition to the sporting facilities of the whole region and in developing expertise in sports medicine, and encourages private and public support for the clinic.

S1M-4050 Mr John Swinney: The Current International Situation—That the Parliament deeply regrets the commencement of military action in Iraq; believes that the failure to settle this crisis by peaceful means will have long-term repercussions for world security and peace; recognises the overwhelming strength of feeling in Scotland that opposes such action; further recognises that Scottish servicemen and women are now involved in this action and extends its support to them and their families at this time; demands that every effort must be made to protect the civilian population of Iraq from direct military threat, from starvation and from the consequences of disease and hardship caused by the destruction of civil infrastructure such as water treatment and power plants, and calls for this conflict to be brought to a speedy conclusion.

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

S1M-4049 Dennis Canavan: Stop the War—That the Parliament condemns the commencement of war against Iraq and calls for an immediate cessation of hostilities with a view to recommencing efforts to find a peaceful solution.

Supported by: Mr John McAllion, Elaine Smith, Margo MacDonald, Tommy Sheridan, Robin Harper, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Dorothy-Grace Elder

S1M-4048 Mr David Davidson: Cairngorms National Park - Ministerial Appointments—That the Parliament believes that ministerial appointments to the Cairngorms National Park should include a fair proportion from the business community operating within the national park boundary.

Supported by: Alex Fergusson

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, Stewart Stevenson, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Murdo Fraser, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Alex Neil, Irene Oldfather

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."

Supported by: Richard Lochhead, Mr Jamie Stone, Alex Johnstone

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.

Supported by: Dr Sylvia Jackson, Karen Gillon, Robin Harper, Bill Butler, Alex Neil, Margaret Jamieson, Elaine Thomson, Mr Jamie Stone, Rhoda Grant, Ms Wendy Alexander, Scott Barrie

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.

Supported by: Alex Johnstone, Christine Grahame, Alex Neil, Richard Lochhead, Ms Sandra White, Alasdair Morgan, Brian Adam, Stewart Stevenson, David Mundell, Alex Fergusson, Mr Murray Tosh, Kay Ullrich, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Gil Paterson, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, John Scott, Mr David Davidson, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Michael Russell, Robin Harper, Fergus Ewing

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.

Supported by: Dorothy-Grace Elder

S1M-4040 Tommy Sheridan: Illegal Bombardment of Iraq—That the Parliament believes that the American-led bombardment of Iraq is unjust, immoral and illegal and that Scottish and British troops should not be involved in this massacre.

S1M-4031 Ben Wallace: Support for Armed Forces—That the Parliament supports the men and women of Her Majesty’s armed forces during the difficult and dangerous task of disarming the brutal Iraqi regime and further extends its support to the families and loved ones of members of the armed forces based in Scotland or of Scottish units abroad during this uncertain time.

Supported by: Christine Grahame, John Scott, Mr Keith Harding, Stewart Stevenson, David Mundell, Murdo Fraser, Alex Johnstone

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 Alex Fergusson: Double Ear Tagging of Sheep—That the Parliament notes with extreme concern the European Commission’s proposals that Scottish flockmasters should "double ear tag" and record the individual identification numbers of every sheep in the country; further notes that such proposals are impractical, unworkable and unpoliceable on Scotland’s extensive upland and mountain sheep farms and that they would add nothing to the effectiveness of either meat or disease traceability that is not already achieved by current systems of flock identification, and urges the Scottish Executive to work with Her Majesty’s Government to resist these proposals vigorously as being against the interests of Scotland’s flockmasters.

Supported by: Stewart Stevenson, Mr Brian Monteith, Christine Grahame, John Scott, Mr Keith Harding, David Mundell, Murdo Fraser, Bruce Crawford

S1M-4029# Mr Alasdair Morrison: Community Buyout of the North Harris Estate—That the Parliament notes the historic purchase by the local community of the 55,000 acre North Harris Estate on which the community lives and works; congratulates the community and all involved in this community buy-out; notes that this purchase would not have been possible without the invaluable support from the Land Unit of the Scottish Executive, Her Majesty's Government and Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, and wishes both the community and Mr Ian Scarr-Hall, the owner of Amhuinnsuidhe Castle, the very best for the future, as they set about the task of social, economic, cultural and environmental renewal.

Supported by: Sarah Boyack, Jackie Baillie, Brian Fitzpatrick, Mr John Home Robertson, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Angus MacKay, Bill Butler, Brian Adam, Margaret Jamieson, Elaine Thomson, Tommy Sheridan, Scott Barrie, Rhoda Grant, Johann Lamont, Mr Tom McCabe, Maureen Macmillan, Karen Gillon

S1M-4028 Tommy Sheridan: Compensation for Mesothelioma Sufferers—That the Parliament recognises the urgency of mesothelioma cases and the need to review court procedures and powers in order to identify the real issues in such cases at the earliest possible stage, to minimise delays in order to progress cases, to encourage the use of jury trials and to facilitate interim payments pending the resolution of cases.

S1M-4027 Tommy Sheridan: Rights of Trade Unions During War—That the Parliament defends the right of free trade unions to engage democratically in legitimate industrial action in pursuit of their members' interests and therefore resolves to oppose any move by the Lord Advocate to ban strike action by Scotland's firefighters on Thursday 20 March 2003 or on any other day.

S1M-4026 Michael Russell: The Antonine Wall—That the Parliament commends the decision of Historic Scotland to apply for World Heritage Status for the Antonine Wall as part of a joint bid with Austria, Germany and Slovakia that seeks to secure recognition of, and protection for, the remaining sites that mark the boundaries of the Roman Empire; applauds all those who have worked, often against the indifference of Historic Scotland and other bodies, to preserve the signs of, and evidence about, the Roman invasion and occupation of Scotland, and, in particular, salutes the efforts of Ronnie Guild for his Herculean efforts on behalf of the ruins at Cramond and the members of the Antonine Guard for their active concern, in and out of uniform, for the Antonine Wall and other sites.

Supported by: Donald Gorrie, Michael Matheson, Mr Brian Monteith, Alex Neil, Christine Grahame, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Keith Harding, Bruce Crawford

S1M-4020# Elaine Thomson: Great Northern Partnership and Social Inclusion Partnerships—That the Parliament commends the work done by the Great Northern Partnership (GNP) in Aberdeen; notes that the GNP plays an important role in improving quality of life and extending opportunities for those living there, especially the community of Middlefield, and further commends social inclusion partnerships across Scotland for empowering local communities.

Supported by: Angus MacKay, Brian Fitzpatrick, Dr Sylvia Jackson, Mr Tom McCabe, Helen Eadie, Bristow Muldoon, Jackie Baillie, Sarah Boyack, Dr Richard Simpson, Ms Wendy Alexander, Nora Radcliffe, Trish Godman

S1M-4020.1 Brian Adam: Great Northern Partnership and Social Inclusion Partnerships—As an amendment to motion (S1M-4020) in the name of Elaine Thomson, leave out from "Great" to end and insert "community representatives in the Great Northern Partnership in Aberdeen across all four communities served, Middlefield, Fersands, Tillydrone and Printfield, and calls on the Scottish Executive to empower local communities through the direct funding of local voluntary organisations instead of the bureaucratic approach of social inclusion partnerships."

S1M-4018 Rhona Brankin: National Galleries of Scotland Bill - Final Stage—That the Parliament agrees that the National Galleries of Scotland Bill be passed.

S1M-4004 Colin Boyd QC: Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries (Consolidation) (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees that the Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries (Consolidation) (Scotland) Bill be passed.

Supported by: Mrs Elish Angiolini

S1M-4003# Tavish Scott: Island Transport—That the Parliament recognises that reliable, regular and affordable air and sea transport links are vital to the social and economic well-being of the Scottish islands; welcomes the proposal from the Highlands and Islands Strategic Transport Partnership for improved air services in the Highlands and Islands backed by public service obligations; believes that the introduction of public service obligations provides an opportunity to ensure that the specified air services’ timetables link in with those for ferry and bus services, and considers that the Scottish Executive should take this opportunity to provide the islands with a properly integrated transport service.

Supported by: Donald Gorrie, Andrew Wilson

S1M-3999# Dennis Canavan: Promotion for First Division Champions—That the Parliament believes that promotion to the Scottish Premier League should be based on footballing merit rather than arbitrarily set criteria that discriminate against clubs of modest means and therefore believes that the Scottish Premier League should ensure that the champions of the First Division of the Scottish Football League are given the opportunity of promotion to the Scottish Premier League provided they have guaranteed use of a suitable stadium, whether through ownership or lease or a ground-sharing arrangement.

Supported by: Fergus Ewing, Mr Brian Monteith, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Irene McGugan, Colin Campbell, Margo MacDonald, Helen Eadie, Mr John McAllion, Cathy Peattie, Tommy Sheridan, Robin Harper, Donald Gorrie, Henry McLeish, Dr Winnie Ewing, Phil Gallie, Karen Gillon, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Stewart Stevenson, Mr Jamie Stone, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Scott Barrie, Michael Matheson, Alex Neil, Mr Keith Harding, Fiona McLeod, Mary Scanlon, Ben Wallace, Christine Grahame, David Mundell, Dr Richard Simpson, John Farquhar Munro, Sarah Boyack, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Tavish Scott, Jackie Baillie, Miss Annabel Goldie, Pauline McNeill, Paul Martin, Ms Sandra White, Bristow Muldoon, Kay Ullrich, Fiona Hyslop, Tricia Marwick, Karen Whitefield, Margaret Jamieson, Mr Adam Ingram, Johann Lamont, John Scott, Trish Godman, Shona Robison, Mr Mike Rumbles, Gordon Jackson, Robert Brown, Ian Jenkins, Brian Fitzpatrick, Linda Fabiani, Mr Michael McMahon, Mr Alasdair Morrison, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Marilyn Livingstone, Mr Tom McCabe, Brian Adam, Alex Fergusson, Alex Johnstone, Elaine Smith, Alasdair Morgan, Irene Oldfather, Richard Lochhead, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Michael Russell, Andrew Wilson

S1M-3862 Karen Gillon: Commissioner for Children and Young People (Scotland) Bill - Stage 3—That the Parliament agrees that the Commissioner for Children and Young People (Scotland) Bill be passed.

Supported by: Irene McGugan