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Business Bulletin No. 76 / 2003

Tuesday 27th 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-65 Frances Curran: Reduction in Services at Vale of Leven Hospital—That the Parliament notes the reduction in elderly care and mental health services at the Vale of Leven Hospital; further notes the downgrading of the accident and emergency services and the transfer of the maternity unit to Paisley's Royal Alexandra Hospital; is aware that Vale of Leven Hospital provides healthcare to a large and varied patient area, from Dumbarton to Oban, covering large rural and urban areas and that this reduction in services is of huge concern to people living in the area, and believes that there should be a halt to any further reduction or transfer of services and a re-instatement of those services already affected.

*S2M-64 Karen Gillon: Register of Pensioners’ Groups—That the Parliament commends the work undertaken by pensioners to create local elderly forums as a means of increasing their democratic participation; recognises that this work is inhibited by the inadequate and sparse detail currently held on pensioners’ groups in Scotland, and encourages the Scottish Executive to give further consideration to the establishment of a standard local authority register of pensioners groups in order to facilitate a crucial basis of communication with such groups and promote empowerment through easy access to information, which will allow pensioners’ issues to be pursued on a much broader basis.

Supported by: Nora Radcliffe*, Maureen Macmillan*, Karen Whitefield*, Mr Kenny MacAskill*, Trish Godman*, Dr Elaine Murray*, Pauline McNeill*, Elaine Smith*

*S2M-63# Ms Sandra White: Social Inclusion Partnerships—That the Parliament recognises that the current system of social inclusion partnerships has been the subject of much criticism and controversy, including allegations of fraud and cronyism, and has failed in its objective of reducing poverty; notes that a report for the Scottish Executive by Cambridge Economic Associates Ltd highlights serious weaknesses in the operation of social inclusion partnerships, and therefore considers that the Executive should urgently review its anti-poverty and social inclusion strategies and take immediate steps to replace social inclusion partnerships with a system that is open, transparent and publicly accountable and that will focus resources directly to local communities in order that poverty is effectively tackled.

*S2M-62 Rosie Kane: Stereotyping of Young People—That the Parliament rejects the use of the word "ned" in relation to young people as a degrading and hurtful term; is aware that ned means "non-educated delinquent" and is therefore very inappropriate language which should always be avoided particularly by elected representatives, and further notes that negative language of this sort, were it used in relation to any other section of society, would be considered an "ism" and would be condemned.

*S2M-61 Malcolm Chisholm: The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (Scotland) Order 2003 and the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.2) (Scotland) Order 2003—That the Parliament agrees that the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (Scotland) Order 2003 (SSI 2003/244) and the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.2) (Scotland) Order 2003 (SSI 2003/245) be approved.

Supported by: Mr Tom McCabe*

*S2M-60# Shiona Baird: Future of the Scottish Agricultural College—That the Parliament questions the decision of the Scottish Agricultural College to consolidate its main education and research facilities at King’s Buildings and the Bush Estate and notes that the decision is based on an appraisal carried out by Deloitte and Touche, which failed to appreciate the organic research facility available at Craibstone, including the knowledge gained over the last decade by the establishment of a working organic farm and which failed to recognise the vital strategic importance of this facility in addressing the needs of the future of organic farming in Scotland.

Supported by: Mr Mark Ruskell*, Patrick Harvie*, Mark Ballard*

*S2M-59# Mr John Home Robertson: Concorde and the Museum of Flight—That the Parliament notes that British Airways will be withdrawing Concorde aircraft from service and welcomes the approach from the Chairman of the Trustees of the National Museums of Scotland to the Chief Executive of British Airways requesting that one of these aeroplanes is donated to the Museum of Flight at East Fortune; recognises the interests of education and tourism and the important role that museums play in both of these areas; takes into account the associations of Concorde with Scotland, namely that the design of the wings was undertaken by a Scot from Penicuik, Sir James Arnot Hamilton, that the early test flights were carried out at Prestwick in the early 1970s and that it was Concorde that flew over Edinburgh to celebrate the opening of the Scottish Parliament in July 1999; further recognises the wealth of experience of staff at the Museum of Flight in the preservation of aircraft and their years of experience in welcoming visitors to the museum; further notes that staff at the Museum of Flight are confident that the practicalities of landing a Concorde aircraft and of providing enclosed space for display have been investigated and that no difficulties are anticipated following a brief period of minor works; notes that the National Museums of Scotland has recently appointed a new General Manager at the Museum of Flight and that a major programme of development is planned to position the museum as a world class attraction, and recommends strongly that support be given to the National Museums of Scotland in its bid for Concorde for display at the Museum of Flight.

Supported by: Lord James Douglas-Hamilton*, Mr Brian Monteith*

*S2M-58 Margo MacDonald: Affirmations by Members—That the Parliament believes that the Procedures Committee should review the appropriate sections of the Scotland Act 1998 relating to the procedure by which MSPs affirm their commitment to carrying out duties incumbent on elected members and recommends that such affirmations should be made in private.

S2M-57 Margo MacDonald: Appointment of Ministers—That the Parliament believes that the requirements of sections 44 and 47 of the Scotland Act 1998 are inconsistent with the duty of the First Minister elected by Parliament to carry out his programme for government along with ministers selected by him to have responsibility for specific portfolios within that programme for government and believes that the Procedures Committee should, as a matter of urgency, review the proceedings surrounding the First Minister’s appointment of his ministerial team in order to petition Her Majesty’s Government for appropriate amendments to the act on the appointment of ministers.

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan*

S2M-56# Shona Robison: Location of Scottish Water Customer Management Centre—That the Parliament expresses its concern about the plans by Scottish Water to locate the new customer management centre in Glasgow or Edinburgh with the resulting loss of 75 civil service jobs in Dundee; believes that there should be a full economic impact assessment that takes account of the impact of this move on the local economy in Dundee before the proposal is approved by the Scottish Executive; questions whether the proposal is consistent with the previously stated aim of dispersing civil service jobs, and considers that the Parliament should ensure that any decision on the siting of the customer management centre is subject to public and parliamentary scrutiny.

Supported by: Tricia Marwick*, Shiona Baird*, Carolyn Leckie*, Mrs Margaret Ewing*, Tommy Sheridan*, Richard Lochhead*, Mr Kenny MacAskill*, Mr Adam Ingram*, Mr Rob Gibson*, Christine Grahame*, Nora Radcliffe*, Brian Adam*

*S2M-55 Christine Grahame: The "Miss X" Case and the Failings of Scottish Borders Council—That the Parliament notes with concern the findings in the report of 8 October 2002 by David Stallard for Scottish Borders Council into the council's handling of the "Miss X "case which found, inter alia, the lack of a clear plan for the social work role, no recent recorded assessment of the needs of Miss X, an inadequate supervision of Miss X and Mr B for the crucial period of 3 September 2001 to 21 January 2002, that the vulnerable adult protection procedures should have been used on 24 or 25 January 2002, that there was no adequate written guidance for lifelong care staff on guardianship and, crucially, that workloads were very high for social workers, senior social workers and the locality manager involved; is concerned that, following this, the report of 25 April 2003 by Miss Anne Black for the council, although finding failings of staff at a number of levels, did not recommend disciplinary hearings despite the fact that Miss X’s vulnerability had been reported and had not been acted upon causing her to endure brutal and heinous assaults, and believes that individual responsibility for failing Miss X should not hide behind systems that fail and that those responsible for the failed management systems should be held to account.

S2M-54 Richard Lochhead: Scotland's Customs Dogs—That the Parliament notes with concern that the customs dogs trained to detect smuggled drugs, money and tobacco are based in Hull and Manchester; further notes with concern that Scotland's ports and airports have only had the services of these dogs for less than 30 days since April 2002; believes that such front-line resources are key to assisting our hard-pressed customs officials in the war against drugs and organised crime, and calls on the Scottish Executive to press by any means necessary for the repatriation of control of this service to the Parliament.

S2M-51 Tommy Sheridan: Fat Cat Salaries—That the Parliament expresses its disgust at the obscene average level of fat cat salaries revealed in the Independent on 20 May 2003 and calls on Her Majesty’s Government to introduce a maximum wage as well as a minimum wage in order to curb these excessive packages.

Supported by: Frances Curran, Donald Gorrie

S2M-50 Mrs Margaret Smith: Men's Health Week, Scotland: 9-16 June 2003—That the Parliament pledges support for Men's Health Week, Scotland, from 9 to 16 June 2003; acknowledges efforts by all sectors to publicise Men's Health Week, Scotland; recognises that most diseases affecting men are preventable and that, as the population of Scotland declines and ages, the burden of treating and caring for increasing numbers of men living longer with chronic disease will be resource intensive; is aware that, by 2050, 60% of adults will be over 65 and that men visit their GPs less than half as often as women and are less likely to have chronic diseases identified and treated early, and calls upon MSPs to assist on-going collaborations by promoting positive messages about healthy ageing, men's health and Men's Health Week, encouraging more men to take responsibility for their own health and well-being.

Supported by: Alex Neil, Murdo Fraser, Susan Deacon, Mr Keith Raffan, Eleanor Scott, Mr Adam Ingram, Jackie Baillie, Maureen Macmillan, Bristow Muldoon, Margaret Jamieson, Christine Grahame, Rosie Kane, Iain Smith, Mr David Davidson, Robin Harper, Shiona Baird, Donald Gorrie, Robert Brown, Patrick Harvie, Fiona Hyslop, Nora Radcliffe, Carolyn Leckie*, Mr Murray Tosh*, Dr Elaine Murray*, Mrs Margaret Ewing*, David Mundell*, Tommy Sheridan*, Dr Jean Turner*, Mike Pringle*

S2M-49 Susan Deacon: Books for Baghdad Appeal—That the Parliament welcomes the launch of the Books for Baghdad appeal, a campaign to restock Iraq’s libraries; congratulates the University of Edinburgh and the Sunday Herald on taking this initiative; recognises that English-language textbooks and publications are needed, and encourages organisations and individuals across Scotland to contribute to the appeal.

Supported by: Sarah Boyack, Elaine Smith, Mr Murray Tosh, Dr Elaine Murray, Jackie Baillie, Murdo Fraser, Michael Matheson, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Maureen Macmillan, Cathy Peattie, Margo MacDonald, Margaret Jamieson, Robin Harper, Rhona Brankin, Bill Butler, Donald Gorrie, Paul Martin, Nora Radcliffe, Fergus Ewing*, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton*, Mrs Margaret Ewing*, David Mundell*, Tommy Sheridan*, Mr Jamie Stone*

S2M-48 Ms Rosemary Byrne: Depleted Uranium Testing at Dundrennan—That the Parliament supports the growing campaign against the testing of depleted uranium weapons at Dundrennan in south west Scotland; recognises that there is increasing evidence that these weapons are highly toxic for both the people on whom they are used and the people who use them and for the communities near where they are tested, and calls for full support for the demonstration against depleted uranium weapons at Dundrennan on 29 May 2003.

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan*

S2M-47# Mr Ted Brocklebank: The Need for a New Secondary School in North-East Fife at the Tay Bridgehead—That the Parliament notes the longstanding need for a new secondary school at the Tay Bridgehead in north-east Fife; is aware of widespread local community support in the area for such a school; believes that the school is vital to relieve pressure on Madras College, St Andrews, which is the second largest secondary school in Scotland with a pupil roll of 1,850 and on Bell Baxter High School, Cupar; further notes that the relocation of an additional squadron to RAF Leuchars will increase the pressure on the existing secondary schools and exacerbate the current situation, and, given the seriousness of the matter and the fact that little or no progress has been made on it over the last two decades, considers that the Scottish Executive should intervene and make representations to Fife Council to ensure that a new school is secured.

Supported by: Mrs Nanette Milne, Murdo Fraser, Mr Brian Monteith, Alex Johnstone, Mr David Davidson, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton*, John Scott*, Bill Aitken*, Tommy Sheridan*

S2M-46# Dr Elaine Murray: Appeals Against Convictions for Serious Crime—That the Parliament is greatly concerned that the period of time permitted to lodge an appeal against conviction for a serious crime can be incrementally extended over an undefined period; believes that this subjects the victims of these crimes to protracted suffering, and believes that the appeal system should be reviewed.

Supported by: Christine May, Mr Adam Ingram, Tricia Marwick, Richard Lochhead, Karen Gillon, Margaret Jamieson, Elaine Smith, Maureen Macmillan, Chris Ballance, Mike Pringle, Alasdair Morgan*

S2M-45# Carolyn Leckie: Nursery Nurses—That the Parliament congratulates the nursery nurses who displayed solidarity on the first day of their industrial action; regrets that the nurses have had to resort to such action, and considers that their grading claim should be settled immediately and their professional status recognised.

Supported by: Frances Curran, Tommy Sheridan*

S2M-43# Mr Richard Baker: Dental Services in Grampian—That the Parliament welcomes the proposals for a dental outreach centre outlined by the new Scottish Executive in A Partnership for a Better Scotland; recognises that there are huge challenges in addressing the shortage of NHS dental services in Grampian; further welcomes the fact that all 10 postgraduate training places in local dental practices have now been filled, and welcomes consultation on the further development of dental training in Aberdeen.

Supported by: Sarah Boyack, Tommy Sheridan*

S2M-42# Mr Mark Ruskell: Mid Scotland and Fife Rail Routes—That the Parliament welcomes the Scottish Executive's commitment to reopening the Stirling to Alloa to Kincardine rail route but considers that the reopening of the routes to St Andrews and Leven is also a priority in this session of the Parliament, along with station reopenings at Blackford, Greenloaning, Wormit, Newburgh and Methil.

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan*

S2M-41 Christine Grahame: Chernobyl Children Life Line—That the Parliament recognises the invaluable work of Chernobyl Children Life Line, formed to help the children of Belarus after the Chernobyl nuclear power station disaster of April 1986 when 70% of the fall-out from the station landed in Belarus; notes that the aim of the charity, through Britain-wide links, the first being formed in 1992, is to bring children from Belarus in small groups and with an interpreter to the United Kingdom for one month to live with host families and that, simply by having this one month away, their immune systems are boosted extending their period of good health; further notes that this year 10 children will be in Scotland from 18 June to 16 July with 12 host families from Haddington, Romanno Bridge, West Linton and Penicuik, as well as Linlithgow, Bonnyrigg, Pencaitland, Kirkliston and Edinburgh; wishes the host families and the children a happy experience, and commends the work of this charity and its volunteers.

Supported by: Michael Matheson, Stewart Stevenson, Ms Sandra White, Phil Gallie, Bruce Crawford, Fiona Hyslop, Chris Ballance, Fergus Ewing, Mr Jamie Stone, Murdo Fraser, Mr Adam Ingram, Roseanna Cunningham, Rosie Kane, Alex Neil, Elaine Smith, Shiona Baird, Margo MacDonald, Donald Gorrie, Robin Harper, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton*, Tommy Sheridan*, Mr Jamie McGrigor*

S2M-40# Mr Mark Ruskell: Unfair Milk Prices—That the Parliament condemns the Lidl supermarket chain for not signing up to the voluntary supermarket code of conduct in the United Kingdom and considers that Lidl should discontinue actions that drive down the price paid to farms for milk to lower than the cost of production.

Supported by: Mark Ballard, Chris Ballance, Carolyn Leckie, Fiona Hyslop, Patrick Harvie, Alex Fergusson, Phil Gallie, Murdo Fraser, Eleanor Scott, Shiona Baird, Karen Gillon, John Scott*, Margo MacDonald*, Tommy Sheridan*, Mr Jamie McGrigor*

S2M-39 Rosie Kane: Advertising in Schools—That the Parliament expresses deep concern at the increasing trend for private companies to advertise their brands in schools, hoping for a captive target market of young people who will stay true to their products in later life, often to the detriment of the young people’s nutritional health; believes that Scotland’s schools should be brand-free zones and should not have to rely on the franchises, vouchers or other marketing deals offered by such companies to provide computers or other teaching materials, and calls on the Scottish Executive to engage with local authorities across Scotland to ensure that all advertising and branding is removed from schools and to provide local authorities with sufficient funds to cover all the educational and nutritional needs of Scotland’s schoolchildren.

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

S2M-38# Murdo Fraser: Scottish Water Charges—That the Parliament notes with concern the dramatic increases in Scottish Water charges to small businesses in the current financial year, which in some cases amount to nearly 500% over the amount charged last year; believes that these increased charges bear no relation to the services provided by Scottish Water to small businesses; is concerned that these dramatic increases represent an unfair burden on many small businesses throughout Scotland and in some cases may threaten their future viability, and further believes that the Scottish Executive should direct Scottish Water to review urgently its charging structure with a view to reducing the costs to business.

Supported by: Mark Ballard, Chris Ballance, Mr Brian Monteith, Mrs Nanette Milne, Eleanor Scott, Shiona Baird, Phil Gallie, Mr David Davidson, Alex Fergusson, John Scott*, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton*, David Mundell*, Bill Aitken*, Mr Jamie McGrigor*

S2M-37 Phil Gallie: Support for Scotch Whisky Industry—That the Parliament considers that all Parliament-related functions where alcohol is available should offer Scotch whisky as an option and notes that by doing so cost advantages can be obtained compared with the current practice of serving foreign wines.

Supported by: Mark Ballard, Chris Ballance, Mr Brian Monteith, Mrs Nanette Milne, Murdo Fraser

S2M-36 Carolyn Leckie: Reza Garikani—That the Parliament condemns the abhorrent treatment of Reza Garikani who is currently detained at Dungavel House immigration removal centre; notes that Mr Garikani was denied private access to his legal representative by Premier Security and, whilst a patient in Hairmyres Hospital, remained handcuffed and chained despite being ill; believes that this is a breach of Mr Garikani's human rights; seeks a full inquiry into the conduct of Premier Security, and agrees that steps should be taken to ensure that such conduct never happens again.

Supported by: Mark Ballard, Chris Ballance, Tommy Sheridan*

S2M-35 Donald Gorrie: Scottish Premier League Rules—That the Parliament congratulates Juventus and AC Milan on reaching the final of Europe's premier club competition, the UEFA Champions League Cup; notes that three of the four competing semi-finalists in the competition share their playing grounds with other clubs; further notes that under current Scottish Premier League (SPL) rules these clubs would not, like Falkirk Football Club, be allowed to play in Scotland's premier league because of the ground sharing rules, and calls on the SPL to review its rules and admit Falkirk Football Club to the premier league with effect from next season as its winning of the Scottish Football League First Division title merits.

Supported by: Mark Ballard, Chris Ballance, Mr Brian Monteith, Eleanor Scott, Shiona Baird, Karen Gillon

S2M-34# Closure of Animal Welfare Centres (lodged on 15 May 2003) Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Fiona Hyslop*, Tommy Sheridan*, Mr Jamie McGrigor*

S2M-31# Glasgow and Edinburgh Airports Investment (lodged on 14 May 2003) Mr Bruce McFee*

S2M-30.1 Christine Grahame: Broomhill Day Centre, Penicuik—As an amendment to motion (S2M-30) in the name of Jeremy Purvis, leave out from "and calls" to end and insert "further notes that Midlothian Council only awards annual funding when, for the purposes of forward planning, it is essential that funding is secured on a triennial basis; is aware that the funding comes from the council, the NHS and from grant-making bodies including the Community Fund and the Lloyds TSB Foundation; is concerned that the Lloyds TSB Foundation funding expires in September 2003, thereby reducing financial support by 40,000 and that, if this is not replaced, then the service provided at the centre may have to be reduced from provision for 94 frail elderly people to 40 and staffing cuts will be made; believes that it is essential that day centres such as Broomhill are 100% funded by a partnership of the local authorities and NHS boards which is where Broomhill receives 100% of its referrals from, and further believes that, without these changes, Broomhill, an award-winning centre, cannot continue to deliver its invaluable services to frail and elderly people in Penicuik."

Supported by: Alex Neil, Michael Matheson

S2M-21 Cancellation of Iraq's Debt (lodged on 13 May 2003) Robin Harper*

S2M-18 M74 Northern Extension (lodged on 13 May 2003) David Mundell*, Mr Tom McCabe*

S2M-16# Inquiry into the Scottish Agricultural College Proposals for Change (lodged on 13 May 2003) Tricia Marwick*, Fergus Ewing*, Alex Fergusson*, Richard Lochhead*, Mr Bruce McFee*, Mr David Davidson*

*S2M-14.1 Bill Aitken: M74 Northern Extension—As an amendment to motion (S2M-14) in the name of Rosie Kane, leave out from "opposition" to end and insert "support for the M74 Northern Extension but invites the Scottish Executive to examine the potential impact of a significant increase in traffic exiting from the extension on the Tradeston and Plantation areas of the City of Glasgow and to undertake a study on how the proposed extension plans might be amended in order to obviate any problems of congestion and promotes the free flow of traffic south of the River Clyde."

S2M-10# Mr Adam Ingram: Scottish Agricultural College—That the Parliament views with concern the plans by the Scottish Agricultural College (SAC) board to move the college's teaching and research services from Auchincruive, Ayrshire and Craibstone, Aberdeen to Edinburgh; believes that there should be a full economic impact assessment that takes into account the effect that this move would have on students, staff and local communities before the proposal is approved by the Scottish Executive; questions the methodology used by the consultants in their review and report, and considers that there should be a halt to the movement of staff from the SAC campuses in Ayrshire and Aberdeen to Edinburgh, which runs contrary to the Scottish Executive's policy of dispersing agency and department jobs and offices outwith the central belt, until proper scrutiny is carried out by the Parliament and its committees.

Supported by: Fiona Hyslop, Stewart Stevenson, Fergus Ewing, Alex Johnstone, David Mundell, Ms Sandra White, Christine Grahame, Robin Harper, Alex Fergusson, Brian Adam, Mrs Nanette Milne, Richard Lochhead, Mr Bruce McFee, Shona Robison, Nora Radcliffe, Margaret Jamieson, John Swinburne, Eleanor Scott, Michael Matheson, Phil Gallie, Roseanna Cunningham, John Farquhar Munro, Mr Mike Rumbles, Jim Mather, Mr Murray Tosh, Mark Ballard, Mr Mark Ruskell, Alasdair Morgan, Chris Ballance, Irene Oldfather, Dr Jean Turner, Mrs Margaret Ewing, John Scott, Alex Neil, Shiona Baird, Ms Rosemary Byrne*

S2M-3 Cod Crusaders (lodged on 7 May 2003) Mr David Davidson*, Phil Gallie*, Mr Jamie McGrigor*, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton*, John Scott*, Bill Aitken*