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Business Bulletin No. 92 / 2003

Wednesday 18th 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-162 Murdo Fraser: Water Industry—That the Parliament notes with concern the dramatic increases in charges by Scottish Water to businesses in 2003-04 which, in some cases, amount to nearly 500% more than the amount charged in 2002-03; believes that these increased charges bear no relation to the service provided by Scottish Water to these customers; is concerned that these rising costs have increased the competitive disadvantage faced by Scottish firms, particularly in relation to England; further notes that household bills have gone up by 94% in real terms over the past decade, while English domestic bills have only risen by 22% since 1989; acknowledges that privatisation in England has brought substantial capital investment which has led to lower bills for businesses and households alongside improved water quality; calls on the Scottish Executive to address urgently the concerns of domestic and business customers in relation to these higher charges and to look at widening competition with a view to reducing costs, and further believes that, as public ownership has failed customers in Scotland, the Executive should investigate models of private ownership.

*S2M-161 Mr David Davidson: Care Homes for the Elderly—That the Parliament notes with concern the threat of closure to the majority of the Church of Scotland’s care homes; further notes that this crisis has occurred against a background of the Scottish Executive’s assurance in the last session of the Parliament that funding issues had been resolved; believes, therefore, that this matter needs to be re-examined as a matter of urgency with a view to achieving a sustainable funding agreement and ending inequality in funding between local authority-run homes and independent homes; recognises that there is a longer term issue to be addressed by government, and calls on the Executive to consult with Her Majesty’s Government on how people might be encouraged to make greater provision for their own long-term care.

Supported by: Mrs Nanette Milne*

*S2M-160 Colin Fox: Ground Share Between Heart of Midlothian and Hibernian Football Clubs—That the Parliament notes the ongoing discussions between Heart of Midlothian Football Club and Hibernian Football Club on plans to ground share with the possibility of moving to a new stadium at Straiton, Edinburgh; is aware of the historical association of both clubs with their respective grounds in the west and east of the city and the communities that surround them, and calls on both clubs and the City of Edinburgh Council to initiate a full consultation with both sets of fans about their views on the proposals.

*S2M-159# Christine Grahame: Zoos, Conservation, Education and Research—That the Parliament notes with concern the closure of Glasgow Zoo, scheduled for September 2003, with the consequential requirement to re-house the animals and the loss of a dedicated workforce; considers that the demise of Glasgow Zoo raises issues about the role and funding of modern day zoos; further notes that all zoos are now required to carry out a number of charitable functions that require significant resourcing such as animal conservation, education and scientific research, that zoos quite rightly also have to maintain extremely high standards in animal welfare following strict zoo licensing guidelines for the welfare and transaction of animals, that they are regularly involved with organisations such as the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and HM Customs and Excise in animal rescues and that they are labour intensive institutions with high feeding, veterinary and infrastructure costs; is concerned that, to fund the foregoing, a zoo in Scotland requires to be commercially successful as it receives little or no central funding and that the needs of animals and visitors are not always compatible, and believes that the Scottish Executive should investigate central funding for the conservation, research and education work carried out by zoos, for example, at Edinburgh Zoo, where almost half of the animals are in managed conservation and breeding programmes, some of which are on the edge of extinction, such as the Amur tiger and the poison arrow frog, where more than 25,000 schoolchildren per year are taught about the interdependence of all living things and of our responsibility for the biodiversity of the planet and where 40 under-graduate and post-graduate students each year carry out non-invasive research on all aspects of animal biology, nutrition and behaviour with direct benefits to their kin, both in captivity and the wild. R

*S2M-158 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 25 June 2003

2:30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Executive Debate on Modernising Justice

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5:00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Thursday 26 June 2003

9:30 am Landfill (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2003

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Final Stage of Robin Rigg Offshore Wind Farm (Navigation and Fishing) (Scotland) Bill

followed by Business Motion

2:30 pm Question Time

3:10 pm First Minister's Question Time

followed by Motion on Fireworks Bill - UK Legislation

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5:00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Supported by: Tavish Scott*

*S2M-157 Colin Fox: Biz Ivol—That the Parliament sends its support and solidarity to Orkney woman Biz Ivol, who has highlighted the situation of people with multiple sclerosis (MS) who need to seek medical supplies of cannabis to help alleviate their suffering; is seriously concerned about the health of all MS sufferers when the range of effective medical help that they have at their disposal does not include medical cannabis supplies; calls for greater financial resources to be allocated to help search for treatments that alleviate the symptoms of MS; believes that these treatments include the medical use of cannabis and further calls on Her Majesty’s Government to issue an immediate review of the law regarding the use of cannabis for medical purposes so that MS suffers like Biz Ivol are not treated like criminals.

Supported by: Chris Ballance*

*S2M-156 Rosie Kane: Student Protests in Iran—That the Parliament notes the student uprising in Tehran; calls on the Scottish Executive to make representation to the Home Office to impose a moratorium on the deportation of all Iranian asylum seekers and refugees; acknowledges that these brave students, currently protesting against privatisation measures at Tehran University, could soon be seeking asylum in the United Kingdom if they become subject to repression by the Iranian regime, and accords them due respect and sympathy if they are forced to seek refuge in the United Kingdom.

*S2M-155 Rosie Kane: Free School Meals Policy in Wales—That the Parliament congratulates the National Assembly for Wales on introducing free school breakfasts to all primary school children in Wales before the end of its second term; commends the initiative of the Labour Party in Wales in bringing this policy onto the legislative agenda and recommends that Labour Party members of the Parliament look at the Welsh Labour official press briefing which answered the question of why free school meals should be provided by stating "to help tackle poverty and because the costs involved in setting up a bureaucratic system to collect money, account for it, follow payments up if not made, etc. would eat into the potential revenue as to make it not worth collecting. By not confining the scheme to those entitled to free school meals we avoid the problem of stigma with very young children."

*S2M-154.1 Shona Robison: Patient Focus and Public Involvement in the NHS—As an amendment to motion (S2M-154) in the name of Malcolm Chisholm, after "effectively" insert ", requiring direct elections for the public to the majority of places on NHS boards,".

*S2M-154.2 Mr David Davidson: Patient Focus and Public Involvement in the NHS—As an amendment to motion (S2M-154) in the name of Malcolm Chisholm, leave out from "welcomes" to end and insert "regrets that the Scottish Executive’s proposal in Partnership for Care: Scotland’s Health White Paper and A Partnership for a Better Scotland, in an attempt to increase patient focus and public involvement, will only increase bureaucracy in an over-centralised NHS and considers measures such as GP fundholding and foundation hospitals would offer patients real choice regarding their own care, would focus on clinical priorities over political priorities, and would, therefore, start to solve the real problems facing the health service."

*S2M-154.3 Carolyn Leckie: Patient Focus and Public Involvement in the NHS—As an amendment to motion (S2M-154) in the name of Malcolm Chisholm, leave out from "welcomes" to end and insert "calls on the Scottish Executive to show its commitment to greater patient engagement and wider public involvement by implementing a patient information initiative, setting up a Scottish health council as a national body with a local presence across Scotland, introducing fully elected NHS boards, ensuring public involvement in health services reorganisation by obliging NHS boards to consult patients, staff and the public more effectively and requiring the boards to implement the recommendations arising from such consultations and by recognising the wishes of the public in relation to the NHS acute services review and the closure of hospitals and hospital services, specifically at Stobhill Hospital and accident and emergency services in Glasgow and at the Vale of Leven Hospital."

Supported by: Frances Curran*

S2M-150 European Aid to Fishing Communities (lodged on 16 June 2003) Mr Rob Gibson*, Michael Matheson*, Mr Bruce McFee*, Jim Mather*, Robin Harper*, Phil Gallie*

*S2M-150.1 Mr Ted Brocklebank: European Aid to Fishing Communities—As an amendment to motion (S2M-150) in the name of Richard Lochhead, insert at end "and further views with grave concern the statement by the former fisheries minister in the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs, Elliot Morley MP, that claims of extra money available are a "cruel deception", as made in his article in Fishing News on 13 June 2003."

S2M-148 Pay Bargaining in the NHS (lodged on 13 June 2003) Chris Ballance*, Frances Curran*

S2M-147# Foot-and-Mouth Disease Recovery Funding (lodged on 13 June 2003) Pauline McNeill*, Phil Gallie*, David Mundell*, Chris Ballance*

S2M-146 Combat Stress (lodged on 13 June 2003) Michael Matheson*, Donald Gorrie*, Christine Grahame*, Chris Ballance*

S2M-145 Obesity Amongst the Scottish Population (lodged on 13 June 2003) Pauline McNeill*, Donald Gorrie*

*S2M-142.1 Fergus Ewing: The Draft Budget (Scotland) Act 2003 Amendment Order 2003—As an amendment to motion (S2M-142) in the name of Mr Andy Kerr, insert at end "but, in so doing, regrets that the Scottish Executive has made the request for additional resources in a manner that does not provide the Parliament with the opportunity of having a separate and distinct vote on the proposed extra cash for the Holyrood building project."

S2M-141 Review of Licensing Fees (lodged on 13 June 2003) Michael Matheson*

S2M-140# Red Brae School (lodged on 13 June 2003) Mr Brian Monteith*, Donald Gorrie*

S2M-139 Famous Grouse Experience, Glenturret Distillery, Crief (lodged on 12 June 2003) Mr Brian Monteith*, Donald Gorrie*

S2M-138# Nursery Nurses (lodged on 12 June 2003) Michael Matheson*, Christine Grahame*, Chris Ballance*

S2M-135# Industrial Action at Grampian TV (lodged on 12 June 2003) Shiona Baird*, Mr Brian Monteith*, Mr David Davidson*

S2M-134# Pet Passports (lodged on 12 June 2003) Irene Oldfather*, Donald Gorrie*, Christine Grahame*

S2M-133 National Diabetes Week: 8 to 14 June 2003 (lodged on 12 June 2003) Donald Gorrie*

S2M-132 Queen's Golden Jubilee Award to Central Gurdwara Singh Sabha, Glasgow (lodged on 11 June 2003) Donald Gorrie*

S2M-131 Showcasing of Young Bands in Glasgow (lodged on 11 June 2003) Donald Gorrie*

S2M-128 Books for Baghdad (lodged on 10 June 2003) Donald Gorrie*, Christine Grahame*

S2M-123# Seroxat (lodged on 10 June 2003) Donald Gorrie*, Chris Ballance*

S2M-120# Raids on Lap-Dancing Clubs (lodged on 9 June 2003) Pauline McNeill*

S2M-116# Aberdeen Council Housing Debt Write-Off (lodged on 6 June 2003) Elaine Smith*

S2M-114 Wear Red for Heart Day, Friday 13 June 2003 (lodged on 5 June 2003) Elaine Smith*

S2M-113 Amicus Scottish Cup Final (lodged on 5 June 2003) Elaine Smith*

S2M-112# Stranraer to Cairnryan Rail Link (lodged on 5 June 2003) Chris Ballance*

S2M-111 Inaugural Scots Traditional Music Awards (lodged on 5 June 2003) Chris Ballance*, Elaine Smith*

S2M-110# Valuing Carers (lodged on 4 June 2003) Elaine Smith*

S2M-109 Independent Public Inquiry into Iraq Intelligence Dossier (lodged on 4 June 2003) Chris Ballance*, Elaine Smith*

S2M-108 You Are Not Alone Family Support Group (lodged on 4 June 2003) Chris Ballance*

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

S2M-95 Edinburgh Fringe and International Festival (lodged on 30 May 2003) Chris Ballance*

S2M-94 Charity Law Reform (lodged on 29 May 2003) Chris Ballance*, Elaine Smith*

S2M-91 Electoral Registration and Victims of Domestic Abuse (lodged on 29 May 2003) Elaine Smith*

S2M-86# Proposals for the Future of Europe (lodged on 29 May 2003) Chris Ballance*

S2M-83 Cuban Miami Five (lodged on 28 May 2003) Pauline McNeill*, Chris Ballance*, Elaine Smith*

S2M-81# Planning Law (lodged on 28 May 2003) Elaine Smith*

S2M-80 MTV Awards (lodged on 28 May 2003) Elaine Smith*

S2M-79# Local Bus Routes (lodged on 28 May 2003) Elaine Smith*

S2M-74# Terrestrial Trunked Radio Masts (lodged on 27 May 2003) Bruce Crawford*, Shiona Baird*, Chris Ballance*

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

S2M-66 Tying Aid to Acceptance of Genetically Modified Organisms (lodged on 27 May 2003) Elaine Smith*

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

S2M-39 Advertising in Schools (lodged on 19 May 2003) Elaine Smith*