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Business Bulletin No. 90 / 2003

Monday 16th 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-148 Carolyn Leckie: Pay Bargaining in the NHS—That the Parliament recognises the unanimous decision of the UNISON Scotland health conference to pursue a fully devolved and democratic bargaining machinery for NHS staff in Scotland, its rejection of the UK-wide proposals contained in Agenda for Change - Modernising the NHS Pay System and its determination to achieve a negotiated settlement in Scotland for NHS workers and calls on the Scottish Executive to give a commitment to maintaining current agreements in relation to the principles of lifetime protection and no detriment as a result of organisational change, establish discussions with the relevant trade unions in order to establish a proper Scottish bargaining machinery and seek to negotiate an alternative to the proposals in Agenda for Change - Modernising the NHS Pay System that is acceptable specifically to the NHS workforce in Scotland.

*S2M-147# Dr Elaine Murray: Foot-and-Mouth Disease Recovery Funding—That the Parliament notes the excellent use made by Dumfries and Galloway and Scottish Borders tourist boards of the additional funding allocated to them by the Scottish Executive, through VisitScotland, to help the tourism industry recover from the effects of the outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease and considers that VisitScotland should release the third and final tranche of this funding.

*S2M-146 Mr Adam Ingram: Combat Stress—That the Parliament commends the work carried out by the charitable organisation Combat Stress in helping to provide treatment for ex-service personnel suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD); acknowledges that PTSD is a pervasive illness that can affect every aspect of a person’s life, that prevents people from functioning properly, making even activities of daily living difficult, and that interferes with normal relationships, causing disharmony and breakdown of marriages and friendships and often leaving the victim socially isolated and family and friends badly affected as well; notes the comments made in the Parliament by the First Minister and others prior to, and during, the recent war in Iraq about supporting our troops and believes that this support should continue when military personnel return from war zones and once they leave the forces; deplores the fact that Combat Stress is left each year with a large funding gap as it only receives funding from clients who receive more than a 30% war pension despite providing medical help to men and women who are suffering psychological trauma due to their experiences in the forces, and calls on the Scottish Executive to review this situation to ensure that Combat Stress receives proper recompense for the specialist medical services it provides to a specialist group, both those on war pensions and those not, and to investigate the much more comprehensive services provided to ex-service personnel and their families in Australia, America, Canada and the Netherlands to ensure that those who join our armed forces are able to get help and support when they need it after they leave the service.

*S2M-145# Elaine Smith: Obesity Amongst the Scottish Population—That the Parliament notes with concern the findings of the recent study carried out by Dr Andrew Walker of the University of Glasgow, The Cost of Doing Nothing – the economics of obesity in Scotland; recognises that an estimated 21% of adults are now obese and that the annual cost to the NHS of obesity and obesity-related illnesses has been estimated at 171 million; acknowledges the efforts of the Scottish Executive and health care providers in attempting to address this problem, in particular those of Coatbridge Local Healthcare Co-operative whose "Weigh-In Without Women" programme recently received the National Obesity Forum award for excellence in weight management, and considers that such examples of best practice could be rolled out across the country as part of a comprehensive multidisciplinary approach to tackling this problem.

*S2M-144 Ross Finnie: The Draft Water Industry (Scotland) Act 2002 (Consequential Provisions) Order 2003—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Water Industry (Scotland) Act 2002 (Consequential Provisions) Order 2003 be approved.

Supported by: Allan Wilson*

*S2M-143 Ross Finnie: The Draft Landfill (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2003—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Landfill (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2003 be approved.

Supported by: Allan Wilson*

*S2M-142 Mr Andy Kerr: The Draft Budget (Scotland) Act 2003 Amendment Order 2003—That the Finance Committee recommends that the draft Budget (Scotland) Act 2003 Amendment Order 2003 be approved.

Supported by: Tavish Scott*

*S2M-141 Brian Adam: Review of Licensing Fees—That the Parliament condemns the fact that of Aberdeen City Council's taxpayers have to subsidise the council's licensing board to the tune of 184,000 each year and calls on the Scottish Executive to review licensing fees so that the licensed trade pays, in full, for the costs incurred by licensing boards.

*S2M-140# Phil Gallie: Red Brae School—That the Parliament commends the experienced staff at Red Brae School, Maybole, who provide an alternative education path for pupils excluded from mainstream education for disruptive and undisciplined behaviour; acknowledges the benefits of this education which the pupils themselves appreciate, and believes that the Scottish Executive must ensure that such facilities are available across the country thereby ensuring that those children whose behaviour patterns are not suited to mainstream education are catered for in a way that steers them into becoming useful and respected members of society.

Supported by: Mr Adam Ingram*, Bill Aitken*, Margaret Mitchell*, Mr Ted Brocklebank*

S2M-139 Murdo Fraser: Famous Grouse Experience, Glenturret Distillery, Crieff—That the Parliament congratulates the Famous Grouse Experience at the Glenturret Distillery, Crieff, on celebrating its first anniversary; welcomes the increase in visitor numbers and the financial boost that this tourist attraction has brought to the Crieff and Perthshire tourist industry, and notes the importance of the whisky industry to the tourist economy and the need to develop improved visitor attractions that focus on traditional Scottish industries.

S2M-138# Fiona Hyslop: Nursery Nurses—That the Parliament considers that there should be a speedy resolution to the long-standing issues relating to pay and qualifications in the early years and childcare sector; notes the Scottish Executive’s failure, over a prolonged period, to address the situation, and recognises the need for an interim solution in terms of increased pay for nursery nurses across the board as well as a longer-term review.

S2M-137 Malcolm Chisholm: Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Bill - UK Legislation—That the Parliament endorses the principle of ensuring consistency in recovery of NHS charges where compensation is paid following injury as set out in Part 3 of the Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Bill and agrees that the relevant provisions to achieve this end including extending ministers’ powers to make regulations under a scheme for recovery should be considered by the UK Parliament.

Supported by: Mr Tom McCabe

S2M-136 Mr Andy Kerr: Fireworks Bill - UK Legislation—That the Parliament endorses the principle of making enabling regulations for the supply and use of fireworks as set out in the Fireworks Bill and agrees that those provisions in the Bill that relate to devolved matters should be considered by the UK Parliament.

Supported by: Tavish Scott

S2M-135# Mrs Nanette Milne: Industrial Action at Grampian TV—That the Parliament expresses concern at the prospect of industrial action at Grampian TV and considers that all sides should show restraint while negotiations to find an amicable solution continue.

Supported by: Brian Adam*, Richard Lochhead*, Alex Johnstone*, John Scott*, Margaret Mitchell*

S2M-134# Dr Sylvia Jackson: Pet Passports—That the Parliament notes the ongoing discussions between the Scottish Executive, officials from the State Veterinary Service and Superfast Ferries regarding the introduction of a pet passport scheme on the Rosyth to Zeebrugge ferry route; recognises the great demand for such a scheme, not just from pet owners, but also from organisations such as Guide Dogs for the Blind and Hearing Dogs for the Deaf; believes that a pet passport scheme would greatly increase the attraction of this route by allowing hundreds of Scottish pet owners to travel to mainland Europe with their pets directly from Scotland, and considers that the Executive should do everything in its power to assist the implementation of the pet passport scheme in Scotland as quickly as possible.

S2M-133 Christine Grahame: National Diabetes Week: 8 to 14 June 2003—That the Parliament notes that approximately 150,000 people in Scotland have been diagnosed with diabetes; further notes that it is estimated that another 90,000 people in Scotland remain undiagnosed; recognises that diabetes accounts for about 5% of NHS costs, which equates to 320 million in Scotland annually, and that the incidence of type 1 diabetes in Scotland is 24 per 100,000 per year in the under-15 population and one of the highest incidence rates in the world; notes that early diagnosis reduces the risk of developing life-threatening complications and that 33% more people with diabetes die from coronary heart disease in Scotland each year than in the rest of the United Kingdom, and therefore urges the Scottish Executive to raise public awareness of the seriousness of diabetes, thus increasing early detection, to promote screening programmes for those most at risk, to eliminate post-code variable treatment and to take as an example the life of Janet Scott, who has had insulin injections for 70 years and, as a healthy and fit 72 year old, walks 5 miles each day.

Supported by: Stewart Stevenson, David Mundell, Mr David Davidson, Mr Adam Ingram, John Swinburne, Shiona Baird, Elaine Smith, Eleanor Scott, Michael Matheson, Alex Neil, Bruce Crawford, Shona Robison, Alex Fergusson, Brian Adam, Mr Bruce McFee, Carolyn Leckie, Richard Lochhead, Fiona Hyslop*

S2M-132 Pauline McNeill: Queen's Golden Jubilee Award to Central Gurdwara Singh Sabha, Glasgow—That the Parliament congratulates the Central Gurdwara Singh Sabha in Glasgow for being one of 20 Scottish voluntary organisations that have achieved the annual Queen's Golden Jubilee Award for outstanding commitment and contribution to their community and welcomes the recognition given in this award to an important ethnic minority organisation serving the Sikh community in Glasgow.

S2M-131 Pauline McNeill: Showcasing of Young Bands in Glasgow—That the Parliament welcomes the comments made by Oasis musician Noel Gallagher that one of his best ever nights out was in Partick, Glasgow; notes that his musical career was launched in Glasgow after the band was signed to Creation Records following a gig in the city's King Tut's venue; further notes the increasing difficulties faced by young bands in Glasgow and throughout Scotland in getting gigs and a breakthrough in the music industry, and calls on Noel Gallagher to return to Partick to host a showcase event for young Glasgow talent.

S2M-128 Margo MacDonald: Books for Baghdad—That the Parliament congratulates the University of Edinburgh and the Sunday Herald for launching its "Books for Baghdad" project aimed at restocking Iraq’s looted university libraries; notes with sadness that the University of Baghdad alone lost 600,000 books; further notes, with pleasure, that this project has attracted considerable support, and urges the Scottish Executive to make a financial contribution to it as a positive formal gesture of support on behalf of the Scottish nation.

S2M-125 Stewart Stevenson: Road Safety—That the Parliament believes that the cause of road safety in Scotland would be aided by vehicles keeping their lights on at all times in order to aid visibility and asks that future road safety campaigns include this as a sensible contribution that all drivers can make to the reduction of accidents.

Supported by: Mr Kenny MacAskill, Mr Stewart Maxwell, Mr Bruce McFee, Michael Matheson, Mr Adam Ingram, Robin Harper, Mrs Margaret Ewing

S2M-123# Mr Adam Ingram: Seroxat—That the Parliament notes the recommendations by the Committee on the Safety of Medicines regarding the prescribing of seroxat to those aged under 18, which have called for this drug not to be prescribed to those suffering from depression, and notes that seroxat is not licensed for use by under-18s and has been reportedly the cause of high levels of self-harm and suicidal behaviour.

Supported by: Stewart Stevenson, Campbell Martin, Christine Grahame, Robin Harper, Michael Matheson, Carolyn Leckie, Brian Adam, Mike Pringle, Frances Curran, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Alex Neil, Mary Scanlon, Mr David Davidson, Alex Fergusson, John Swinburne

S2M-122 Christine Grahame: Scottish H.A.R.T. (Scottish Heart at Risk Testing)—That the Parliament notes that Heart Week is from 7 to 15 June 2003; commends the work of Scottish H.A.R.T. (Heart at Risk Testing), a Borders-based national charity that researches into all heart diseases, especially cardiomyopathy, raises funds for a mobile screening unit which, with trained staff, will test the health of all young Scottish athletes and campaigns for defibrillators, including automatic external defibrillators, to be provided in all large-scale public venues such as train and bus stations, superstores, sports arenas and swimming pools; notes that the charity recently presented a defibrillator to the Royal Commonwealth Pool, Edinburgh, and that the Lochaber rescue team, through funds raised, will be presenting a defibrillator to the rescue centre at Ben Nevis on behalf of the charity, and commends the determination of Wilma and Kenneth Gunn who, from the tragic loss of their own son Cameron through cardiomyopathy, have developed this positive and growing Scottish charity. R

Supported by: Brian Adam, Mr Adam Ingram, Carolyn Leckie, Mr Brian Monteith, David Mundell, Jim Mather, Ms Sandra White, Mr David Davidson, Stewart Stevenson, Mr Jamie Stone, Michael Matheson, Shona Robison

S2M-121 Mr Tom McCabe: 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.

Supported by: Mr John Home Robertson

S2M-120# Ms Sandra White: Raids on Lap-Dancing Clubs—That the Parliament notes the series of raids on lap-dancing clubs conducted by the Gardai in the Republic of Ireland; further notes the discovery of illegal immigrants, drugs and connections with organised crime; condemns the exploitation and trafficking of women associated with these establishments; regrets that such activities still take place in the 21st century, and considers that the Scottish Executive should urgently investigate the operation of lap-dancing clubs to ascertain whether there are any connections with organised crime and take whatever action is necessary to end the exploitation and trafficking of women.

Supported by: Christine Grahame, Alex Neil

S2M-110# Valuing Carers (lodged on 4 June 2003) Patrick Harvie*, Jeremy Purvis*

S2M-106# Scotland's European Pollutant Emission Register (lodged on 3 June 2003) John Scott*

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

S2M-67# Scottish Premier League's Treatment of Falkirk Football Club (lodged on 27 May 2003) Colin Fox*, Rosie Kane*, Frances Curran*, Michael McMahon*, Scott Barrie*, Mr John Home Robertson*, Gordon Jackson*

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, Alex Johnstone, John Scott, Murray Tosh, Bill Aitken, Margaret Mitchell, Alex Fergusson, 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, Nora Radcliffe, Chris Ballance, Phil Gallie, Mr Alasdair Morrison, Miss Annabel Goldie, Helen Eadie, Janis Hughes, Mr David Davidson, Jackie Baillie, Mike Pringle, Mr Ted Brocklebank, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Mary Scanlon, Robin Harper, Mrs Nanette Milne, Susan Deacon, Rosie Kane, Karen Gillon, Cathy Peattie, Michael Matheson, Sarah Boyack, Donald Gorrie

S2M-31# Ms Sandra White: Glasgow and Edinburgh Airports Investment—That the Parliament notes the response by BAA plc to Her Majesty’s Government’s consultation document, The Future Development of Air Transport in the United Kingdom: A National Consultation – Scotland, which states that the upgrading of Glasgow Airport to international hub status would cost 1.1 billion, 200 million less than government estimates, and that the cost of upgrading Edinburgh Airport would be 1.3 billion, 400 million more than previous estimates; further notes the massive investment planned for airport expansion in the south east of England; expresses its support for Scottish Airports Ltd’s call on Her Majesty’s Government not to put Scotland’s long-term economical prospects at risk by opting to develop only one of the country’s main airports, and believes that the Scottish Executive should make representations to Her Majesty’s Government to ensure that the necessary investment is made available to ensure that both airports grow to their full potential.

Supported by: Robert Brown, Christine Grahame, Mr Adam Ingram, Donald Gorrie, Mr Bruce McFee, Pauline McNeill, Tommy Sheridan

S2M-1# Cairngorms National Park (lodged on 7 May 2003) Alex Fergusson*

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Section G – Bills: Notices and Amendments

Proposals for Members’ Bills

Names marked with an asterisk (*) are new names of support. Proposals that have attracted 11 supporters have those supporters’ names shown in bold. The member who lodged such a proposal has the right to introduce a Member’s Bill to give effect to that proposal under Rule 9.14 of the Standing Orders.

Paul Martin: Proposed Health Boards Requirement to Consult Bill—Proposal for a Bill to require Health Boards to consult in circumstances where any changes of use of health service premises are proposed, whether those changes are on a new or existing site, and with a local right of appeal. (lodged 29 May 2003)

Supported by: Jackie Baillie, Irene Oldfather, Helen Eadie, Pauline McNeill, Karen Gillon, Cathie Craigie, Ms Wendy Alexander, Cathy Peattie, Brian Adam, Tommy Sheridan, Shona Robison, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Mr Duncan McNeil, Mr Alasdair Morrison, Trish Godman, Donald Gorrie

Jackie Baillie: Proposed Charities (Scotland) Bill—Proposal for a Bill to set out the defining principles for recognition as a Scottish charity and to establish a body to regulate registration and monitor compliance with charity law. (lodged 30 May 2003)

Supported by: Patrick Harvie, Mark Ballard, Mr Mark Ruskell, Robin Harper, Chris Ballance, Susan Deacon, Eleanor Scott, Helen Eadie, Shiona Baird, Stewart Stevenson, Tricia Marwick, John Swinburne, Roseanna Cunningham, Dennis Canavan, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Stewart Maxwell, Shona Robison, Brian Adam, Ms Sandra White, Jim Mather

Karen Gillon: Proposed Culpable Homicide by Corporate Bodies Bill—Proposal for a Bill to provide for a charge of culpable homicide to be brought against corporate bodies. (lodged 3 June 2003)

Supported by: Helen Eadie, Ms Wendy Alexander, Susan Deacon, Des McNulty, Cathy Peattie, Tommy Sheridan, Jackie Baillie, Sarah Boyack, Ms Sandra White, Mr Duncan McNeil, Maureen Macmillan, Donald Gorrie

Margo MacDonald: Proposed Prostitution Tolerance Zones (Scotland) Bill—Proposal for a Bill to enable Local Authorities to designate areas within their boundaries inside which it would be legal to solicit. (lodged 5 June 2003)

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan, Donald Gorrie

Mr Mark Ruskell: Proposed Liability for Release of Genetically Modified Organisms (Scotland) Bill—Proposal for a Bill to amend the law of damages in relation to the release of genetically modified organisms by making the holder of the consent to release strictly liable as a result of contamination. (lodged 11 June 2003)

Supported by: Chris Ballance, Shiona Baird, Eleanor Scott, Patrick Harvie, Mark Ballard*, Carolyn Leckie*