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Business Bulletin No. 84 / 2003

Friday 6th June 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-115# Dr Jean Turner: National Beds Inquiry—That the Parliament notes that the number of NHS beds has been reduced by over 5,000 since the mid-1990s and that this policy continues today as shown in the Greater Glasgow NHS Board area where the number of acute beds may be reduced by 11% from 2001 to 2005 despite the number of acute admissions increasing; is concerned at the result of this reduction which will mean that patients will have to wait on trolleys until a bed becomes available, sometimes for up to eight hours or longer; believes that this delay exposes patients, who may be lying in a public place on uncomfortable and inappropriate mattresses, to an increased risk of infection with people passing through and also imposes unnecessary additional demands on nursing staff who have to provide food and water to these patients as well as provide treatment to them, such as frequent turning to prevent pressure points and venous stasis, a pre-cursor to deep venous thrombosis, as a result of the patient being kept in a restricted position for long periods; believes that, rather than increasing the number of hospital trolleys for patients to lie on in busy corridors, the number of acute hospital beds must be increased urgently in order to offer a safe and comfortable bed in the appropriate ward with the appropriate nursing and medical care that each patient requires which would also free up accident and emergency departments to carry on with the treatment of other patients; further believes that beds are important in maintaining effective medical and surgical provision for day or short-stay patients, and therefore considers that the Scottish Executive should institute a national beds inquiry to establish how many beds within each speciality are available, and are required, so that emergency admissions are afforded the proper level of care and elective work can be accommodated within the bed capacity in order to allow waiting times and lists to be reduced.

Supported by: Chris Ballance*, Shona Robison*, Carolyn Leckie*, Frances Curran*

*S2M-114 Mr Adam Ingram: Wear Red for Heart Day, Friday 13 June 2003—That the Parliament supports the British Heart Foundation’s "Wear Red for Heart Day" as part of Heart Week 2003 from 7 to 15 June 2003, supports the work of the foundation in its fight against heart and circulatory disease, and urges politicians and others to support "Wear Red for Heart Day" to raise funds for children who need special care.

*S2M-113 Rhona Brankin: Amicus Scottish Cup Final—That the Parliament congratulates Hibernian Ladies Football Club on its success in the Amicus Scottish Cup Final, completing a day of women’s and girls’ football at Almondvale Stadium; notes that women’s and girls’ football is one of the fastest growing sports in the world; urges the development of links between schools and local clubs to provide new opportunities at every level of the game in Scotland, and welcomes the involvement of Amicus in supporting equality in sport as well as in the workplace.

*S2M-112# Alex Fergusson: Stranraer to Cairnryan Rail Link—That the Parliament notes the proposal of P&O and Stena Line to operate a joint port at Cairnryan from which the premier British ferry crossings to Northern Ireland will operate; further notes that, following the implementation of this proposal, there will be no sailings from, or to, the port of Stranraer, and therefore considers that the Scottish Executive should examine the possibilities of restoring the rail link between Stranraer and Cairnryan for the benefit of both public and freight transport alike and the relief of the already fragile roads infrastructure in that region.

*S2M-111 Roseanna Cunningham: Inaugural Scots Traditional Music Awards—That the Parliament welcomes the inaugural Scots Traditional Music Awards which will take place on 13 September 2003; notes the high calibre of nominations across all 15 categories; is confident that the existence of these awards will highlight the extent and diversity of Scottish traditional music, song, dance and languages, and looks forward to traditional music gaining a more prominent profile in the future cultural life of Scotland.

Supported by: Jim Mather*, Bruce Crawford*, Michael Matheson*, Mr Kenny MacAskill*, Alex Neil*, Mr Rob Gibson*, Ms Sandra White*, Fergus Ewing*, Mr Stewart Maxwell*, Fiona Hyslop*, Brian Adam*, Richard Lochhead*, Christine Grahame*

S2M-110 Valuing Carers (lodged on 4 June 2003) Johann Lamont*

S2M-108 You Are Not Alone Family Support Group (lodged on 4 June 2003) David Mundell*, Phil Gallie*, Mrs Nanette Milne*

S2M-106# Scotland's European Pollutant Emission Register (lodged on 3 June 2003) Jackie Baillie*, Rhona Brankin*, Sarah Boyack*

S2M-105*#* Irene Oldfather: Future of Europe—That the Parliament notes the continuing progress by the Convention on the Future of Europe to delivering a more accountable, democratic and transparent Europe committed to the peace and prosperity of its citizens; extends the hand of friendship to the new incoming member states; recognises the opportunities presented by European enlargement for Scottish business; notes the role that European inter-regional co-operation plays in expanding the cultural and linguistic horizons of many of Scotland's young people; acknowledges the contribution that the European Union has made to improving our environment, enhancing workers rights and tackling the fight against poverty, and congratulates the European Youth Parliament for the contribution that it has made to the Future of Europe debate over the last 12 months.

S2M-100 Recognition of Kinship Care (lodged on 2 June 2003) Shiona Baird*, Carolyn Leckie*, Linda Fabiani*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Colin Fox*, Phil Gallie*

S2M-98# Regulation of Care Home Provision (lodged on 30 May 2003) Robin Harper*

S2M-96 European Football Achievements of Scottish Clubs (lodged on 30 May 2003) Phil Gallie*

S2M-92 Scottish Brass Band Week 2003 (lodged on 29 May 2003) Phil Gallie*

S2M-87# Relocation of European Maritime Safety Agency to Glasgow (lodged on 29 May 2003) Phil Gallie*

S2M-80 MTV Awards (lodged on 28 May 2003) Lord James Douglas-Hamilton*

S2M-78 Official Visit by Delegates from the Palestinian Authority (lodged on 28 May 2003) Robin Harper*, Elaine Smith*, Susan Deacon*, Mike Watson*

S2M-75 North Ayrshire Leisure Limited (lodged on 28 May 2003) John Swinburne*

S2M-70# Maternity Services in Glasgow (lodged on 27 May 2003) Cathie Craigie*

S2M-69# Fair Credit Schemes (lodged on 27 May 2003) Shiona Baird*, Mr Alasdair Morrison*, Alex Neil*, Mr Kenny MacAskill*, Dennis Canavan*, Christine May*, Cathie Craigie*, Mrs Margaret Ewing*, Bristow Muldoon*, Dr Elaine Murray*, Robert Brown*, Linda Fabiani*

S2M-63# Social Inclusion Partnerships (lodged on 22 May 2003) Mrs Margaret Ewing*, Brian Adam*

S2M-60# Future of the Scottish Agricultural College (lodged on 22 May 2003) Mrs Nanette Milne*

S2M-50 Men's Health Week, Scotland: 9-16 June 2003 (lodged on 20 May 2003) Jeremy Purvis*