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Business Bulletin No. 67/2003

Monday 12th May 2003

Section F : Motions and Amendments


A full list of current motions is available to view each Monday in paper copy at the Chamber Desk or alternatively on the Scottish Parliament web site as Current 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 (#)

S2M-7# Elaine Smith: National Breastfeeding Awareness Week—That the Parliament recognises the importance of National Breastfeeding Awareness Week, 11-17 May 2003, to the aims of raising awareness, increasing social acceptance and promoting support for breastfeeding throughout the United Kingdom; acknowledges that breastfeeding holds major health benefits for mothers and babies and notes the ongoing research that suggests that these benefits may extend to childhood and later life; congratulates healthcare professionals in this country on their commitment to combating the worryingly low levels of breastfeeding in Scotland, and accepts that there is still significant progress to be made in order to achieve the national breastfeeding target, set in 1994, of having 50% of mothers still breastfeeding their babies at six weeks of life by 2005.

S2M-6# Dennis Canavan: Falkirk Football Club—That the Parliament congratulates Falkirk Football Club on winning the Scottish Football League First Division Championship and believes that Falkirk Football Club now deserves to be promoted to the Scottish Premier League.

S2M-5 Robin Harper: Lodging of Motions—That the Parliament believes that, in order to realise further the spirit of consensual politics, the procedure for lodging motions should be changed to enable motions to be lodged in the name of more than one member.

Supported by: Mark Ruskell, Eleanor Scott, Shiona Baird, Chris Ballance, Mark Ballard

S2M-4 Christine Grahame: Borders Railway—That the Parliament endorses the commitment by its predecessor on 1 June 2000 to reinstate the Borders railway from Edinburgh to Carlisle; notes the Liberal Democrats' election pledge to fund this line, and therefore expects all parties within the Executive to make an unequivocal commitment to finance the line.

S2M-4.1 Jeremy Purvis: Borders Railway—As an amendment to motion (S2M-4) in the name of Christine Grahame, leave out from "and" to end and insert "further notes the failure of the Scottish National Party to give a similar commitment; welcomes the imminent publication of a draft bill on the Borders railway, and urges all parties in the Parliament to support it."

S2M-3 Stewart Stevenson: Cod Crusaders—That the Parliament congratulates the "Cod Crusaders" on their campaign in support of the Scottish fishing industry and welcomes their success in keeping the issue of the damage done to our communities by the present Common Fisheries Policy at the forefront of political debate.

S2M-2# Sarah Boyack: Relocation of Scottish Natural Heritage—That the Parliament notes the decision by the Scottish Executive to relocate the headquarters of Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) from Edinburgh to Inverness; acknowledges the campaigning work of the Public and Commercial Services Union to highlight the effect of this proposed relocation for SNH employees; believes that the operational effectiveness of SNH should be paramount in any decision to relocate SNH, and therefore considers that the Executive should reconsider the decision to relocate SNH to Inverness.

Supported by: Susan Deacon, Mike Pringle, Jeremy Purvis, Mrs Margaret Smith, Bristow Muldoon, Mr John Home Robertson, Elaine Smith

S2M-1 Mr Keith Raffan: Cairngorms National Park—That the Parliament welcomes the successful establishment of Scotland’s second national park in the Cairngorms; notes that highland Perthshire is a vital part of the coherent natural and cultural identity of the Cairngorms; believes that the park's boundary should include this area, as recommended by Scottish Natural Heritage and supported by the overwhelming majority of respondents to the Scottish Executive’s consultation on the draft designation order and by the Rural Development Committee unanimously in the first session of the Parliament, and calls on the Executive to institute an immediate review of the park's boundary.

Supported by: Mark Ruskell, Mark Ballard, Eleanor Scott, Robin Harper, Patrick Harvie, Nora Radcliffe