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Business Bulletin No. 78 / 2003

Thursday 29th 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-83 Colin Fox: Cuban Miami Five—That the Parliament expresses concern at the trial and detention in the United States of America of Cuban nationals Antonio Guerrero Rodriguez, Fernando Gonzalez Llort, Gerardo Hernandez Nordelo, Ramon Labanino Salazar and Rene Gonzalez Sehwerert, known as the Miami Five; considers that the nature of the charges, the location of the trial in Miami, Florida, in an atmosphere of media and public intimidation and the length of the sentences subsequently handed down call into question the safety of the judicial process; notes that the immediate families of the detainees have been unable to visit them as they have been denied entry to the USA, and believes that the US Government should support the petition for a retrial and ensure that it is held in a jurisdiction that guarantees a fair trial.

*S2M-82 Mr John Home Robertson: Robin Rigg Offshore Wind Farm (Navigation and Fishing) (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees that the Robin Rigg Offshore Wind Farm (Navigation and Fishing) (Scotland) Bill be passed.

*S2M-81# Pauline McNeill: Planning Law —That the Parliament welcomes the forthcoming Planning Bill proposed by the Scottish Executive in the consultation paper Your place, your plan: A White Paper on Public Involvement in Planning; considers that the consultation is of extreme importance in assessing the outstanding needs to improve our planning law; believes that there is a particular need to build in greater fairness for local residents affected by planning decisions and that changes to the law should include a qualified right of appeal against decisions of the planning authority for those directly affected by a planning decision; further believes that there must be improvements in the neighbourhood notification system and a new right for objectors to receive some expert assistance to present their case; believes that, as the relevant elected representatives, MSPs should be directly notified by the Scottish Executive of planning appeals received from within their constituencies, and considers that the Executive should consider fully these changes and ensure that the process of decision making in planning is open and transparent at both local authority and Executive level.

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan*

*S2M-80 Pauline McNeill: MTV Awards—That the Parliament appreciates the contribution made by the Scottish contemporary music industry to Scottish arts and culture and, most particularly, to the Scottish economy; notes the broad range of talents and skills within the industry, including songwriters, musicians, educators, producers, technicians, small business record labels, recording studios, broadcasters, agents, promoters and venue and festival organisers; is proud of the diverse range of music courses available throughout Scotland; congratulates Edinburgh on securing the MTV Awards, to be held in Leith later this year, and wishes the best of luck to all Scottish nominees and participants.

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan*

*S2M-79# Pauline McNeill: Local Bus Routes —That the Parliament expresses concerns over powers of deregulated bus operators to alter local bus routes without prior consultation and notice to local communities; believes that it is not acceptable that profitability is put before access in such cases; is particularly concerned about the adverse effect of such changes on older people, those with disabilities and parents with young children, restricting their access to vital services and facilities; notes that the negative experience of such changes in communities such as Bromhill, Anderson and Townhead in Glasgow has resulted in community campaigns to reinstate bus services; further notes that there is currently no legal requirement for bus operators to consult members of the public on the variation of bus routes and that bus operators are reluctant to provide advance warning of changes owing to commercial sensitivities; notes that there is no statutory duty for a strategic authority to assess gaps created in bus services, and believes that measures should be considered by the Parliament to create statutory duties on bus operators to consult communities on proposed changes to local bus routes and to ensure that bus operators serve hospitals and key services, regardless of profitability.

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan*

*S2M-78 Pauline McNeill: Official Visit by Delegates from the Palestinian Authority, 26-28 June 2003—That the Parliament welcomes the official visit to the Scottish Parliament by a delegation from the Palestinian Authority from 26 to 28 June 2003, organised by the British Council; notes that the Palestinian Authority is the official legislative body of the Palestinian people; recognises that the development of democracy and administrative organisation in the Palestinian Authority can benefit greatly from co-operation of the Scottish Parliament and hopes that this visit will represent only the beginning of a positive and practical relationship with the Palestinian Authority; further recognises the extremely difficult circumstances in which the Palestinian Authority must operate, particularly the on-going occupation by the Israeli Defence Force; aspires to a settled peace in the Middle East for both the Palestinian and Israeli peoples; considers that the Road Map for Peace represents an opportunity to establish an independent Palestinian state within three years; insists that the Road Map for Peace process must be a genuine attempt to meet the aspirations of the Palestinian people, including those currently with no right of return to their homeland, and calls on the Government of Israel to halt the building of illegal settlements and withdraw from the occupied territories immediately.

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan*

*S2M-77 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Education (School Meals) (Scotland) Bill - Suspension of Standing Orders—That the Parliament agrees that Rules 9.5.3A, 9.5.3B, 9.6.1, 9.6.2, 9.6.3, 9.6.4, 9.6.5, 9.6.6, 9.7.9, 9.8.3 and 9.10.4 of the Standing Orders be suspended for the purposes of the Education (School Meals) (Scotland) Bill.

Supported by: Tavish Scott*

*S2M-76 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Education (School Meals) (Scotland) Bill - Electronic Voting—That the Parliament directs that under Rule 11.8.3 of the Standing Orders any division at Stage 2 of the Education (School Meals) (Scotland) Bill shall be conducted using the electronic voting system.

Supported by: Tavish Scott*

*S2M-75 Campbell Martin: North Ayrshire Leisure Limited—That the Parliament condemns the action of North Ayrshire Leisure Limited, a company formed, and primarily funded, by North Ayrshire Council, in banning the Auchenharvie Ice Dance and Figure Skating Club from operating a small tuck shop selling "20p mixtures" of sweets and non-fizzy drinks, proceeds of which were used to help fund the development of skating and ice dance talent among young people in the north Ayrshire area; notes that this action will mean that the club may now struggle to meet financial obligations to its young members in terms of dance and skating development and recognition of achievement, and deplores the fact that North Ayrshire Leisure Limited appears to be putting profit before sporting development by advising club members that they should instead use vending machines selling over-priced and unhealthy chocolate bars and fizzy drinks.

Supported by: Christine Grahame*, Michael Matheson*, Ms Sandra White*, Jim Mather*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Mr Stewart Maxwell*, Mr Kenny MacAskill*, Mr Adam Ingram*, Brian Adam*, Tommy Sheridan*

S2M-74# Terrestrial Trunked Radio Masts (lodged on 27 May 2003) Tommy Sheridan*

S2M-70# Maternity Services in Glasgow (lodged on 27 May 2003) Bill Butler*, Tommy Sheridan*

S2M-69# Fair Credit Schemes (lodged on 27 May 2003) Mr Kenneth Macintosh*, Maureen Macmillan*, Ms Wendy Alexander*, Tommy Sheridan*

S2M-67# Scottish Premier League's Treatment of Falkirk Football Club (lodged on 27 May 2003) Stewart Stevenson*, Helen Eadie*, Mike Pringle*, Chris Ballance*, Tommy Sheridan*

S2M-66 Tying Aid to Acceptance of Genetically Modified Organisms (lodged on 27 May 2003) Chris Ballance*, Tommy Sheridan*

S2M-65 Reduction in Services at Vale of Leven Hospital (lodged on 22 May 2003) Tommy Sheridan*

S2M-64 Register of Pensioners' Groups (lodged on 22 May 2003) Chris Ballance*, John Swinburne*, Tommy Sheridan*

S2M-63# Social Inclusion Partnerships (lodged on 22 May 2003) Michael Matheson*

S2M-62 Stereotyping of Young People (lodged on 22 May 2003) Mr Jamie Stone*, Dr Jean Turner*, Shiona Baird*, John Swinburne*, Tommy Sheridan*

S2M-60# Future of the Scottish Agricultural College (lodged on 22 May 2003) Tommy Sheridan*

S2M-59# Concorde and the Museum of Flight (lodged on 22 May 2003) David Mundell*, David McLetchie*, Bill Butler*, Scott Barrie*, Mr Jamie Stone*, Stewart Stevenson*, Karen Whitefield*, Mr Kenny MacAskill*, Christine Grahame*, Dr Elaine Murray*, Rhona Brankin*, Margaret Jamieson*, Pauline McNeill*, Christine May*, Dr Sylvia Jackson*, Murdo Fraser*, Mr Kenneth Macintosh*, Colin Fox*

S2M-56# Location of Scottish Water Customer Management Centre (lodged on 21 May 2003) Michael Matheson*

S2M-54 Scotland's Customs Dogs (lodged on 21 May 2003) Shona Robison*, Dr Jean Turner*, Brian Adam*, Michael Matheson*, Shiona Baird*

S2M-50 Men's Health Week, Scotland: 9-16 June 2003 (lodged on 20 May 2003) Chris Ballance*, Bill Butler*, Irene Oldfather*

S2M-49 Books for Baghdad Appeal (lodged on 20 May 2003) Marlyn Glen*, Marilyn Livingstone*, Pauline McNeill*, Irene Oldfather*

S2M-48 Depleted Uranium Testing at Dundrennan (lodged on 20 May 2003) John Swinburne*

*S2M-47.1 Iain Smith: The Need for a New Secondary School in North-East Fife at the Tay Bridgehead—As an amendment to motion (S2M-47) in the name of Mr Ted Brocklebank, leave out from "and, given" to end and insert " ; welcomes the initiative of the Scottish Liberal Democrat group on Fife Council to highlight this issue in a motion to the council meeting on 22 May 2003; regrets the failure of the SNP and Labour groups to support this motion, but urges the council to give the case for a new secondary school in north Fife urgent and serious consideration as part of the school estates review currently being undertaken at the request of the Scottish Executive."

S2M-46# Appeals Against Convictions for Serious Crime (lodged on 20 May 2003) Marilyn Livingstone*

S2M-45# Nursery Nurses (lodged on 20 May 2003) Pauline McNeill*

S2M-43# Dental Services in Grampian (lodged on 20 May 2003) Mr Kenneth Macintosh*, Mrs Nanette Milne*, Maureen Macmillan*, Shiona Baird*

S2M-41 Chernobyl Children Life Line (lodged on 19 May 2003) Bill Butler*

S2M-40# Unfair Milk Prices (lodged on 19 May 2003) John Swinburne*

S2M-39 Advertising in Schools (lodged on 19 May 2003) Tommy Sheridan*

S2M-37 Support for Scotch Whisky Industry (lodged on 19 May 2003) Mike Pringle*

S2M-35 Scottish Premier League Rules (lodged on 19 May 2003) Tommy Sheridan*

S2M-32 Recognition of the Role of Nursery Nurses (lodged on 14 May 2003) Tommy Sheridan*

S2M-31# Glasgow and Edinburgh Airports Investment (lodged on 14 May 2003) Pauline McNeill*, Tommy Sheridan*

S2M-22 Epilepsy Scotland Free Helpline (lodged on 13 May 2003) Tommy Sheridan*

S2M-14.1 M74 Northern Extension (lodged on 22 May 2003) Pauline McNeill*

S2M-10# Scottish Agricultural College (lodged on 12 May 2003) Mike Pringle*

S2M-8 Future of the Scottish Agricultural College (lodged on 12 May 2003) Pauline McNeill*

S2M-7# National Breastfeeding Awareness Week (lodged on 8 May 2003) Pauline McNeill*