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Business Bulletin No. 105/2003

Monday 11 August 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-256 Linda Fabiani: Welfare of Asylum Seekers-That the Parliament notes the concern of many regarding the treatment of asylum seekers in Scotland by the Home Office; notes that the Scottish Executive has responsibility for welfare services to asylum seekers living in Scottish communities under the Home Office dispersal programme, and calls on the Executive to make representations to Her Majesty's Government with a view to ensuring that, wherever asylum seekers reside in Scotland, their welfare and policy relating to their treatment is the responsibility of the Executive.

Supported by: Mrs Margaret Ewing*, Mr Stewart Maxwell*, Bruce Crawford*

*S2M-255# Mrs Margaret Ewing: Elgin Bypass-That the Parliament considers that Moray Council should make full representations to the Scottish Executive regarding proposals for an Elgin bypass; notes the economic benefits to Elgin and the north-east of Scotland as a whole that a bypass would bring, and further notes the overwhelming public support for such a project.

*S2M-254 Susan Deacon: National Sexual Health Week, 4 to 10 August 2003-That the Parliament notes that 4 to 10 August 2003 is national sexual health week and congratulates the fpa (formerly Family Planning Association) for launching this initiative to help raise awareness of sexual health issues and, in particular, sexually transmitted infections; notes that the fpa is calling for a speedy nationwide roll-out of a screening programme for chlamydia as a cost-effective prevention measure, and strongly urges the Scottish Executive to address this issue in its forthcoming sexual health strategy for Scotland.

Supported by: Marlyn Glen*, Fiona Hyslop*, Margaret Jamieson*, Richard Lochhead*, Jackie Baillie*, Ms Sandra White*, Mr Stewart Maxwell*, Dr Elaine Murray*, Linda Fabiani*, Patrick Harvie*, Carolyn Leckie*, Frances Curran*, Mr Kenneth Macintosh*, Mary Scanlon*

*S2M-253 Pauline McNeill: Communication Workers Union Campaign on Remote Sourcing of Call Centre Jobs-That the Parliament notes that the call centre industry now comprises a significant sector of the Scottish economy, that there are now over 50,000 jobs in the 250 call centres in Scotland and that 17,000 of these jobs are located in Glasgow alone; is therefore concerned at the threat to over 1,000 jobs in Glasgow by British Telecom's outsourcing of 2,000 call centre jobs from across the United Kingdom to Bangalore and New Delhi in India; considers that there is now a significant risk to jobs in the industry in Scotland from further remote sourcing by call centre operators following the example of British Telecom; notes that the Call Centre Association assesses the labour cost of English-speaking IT-literate graduates in India at 10-15% of their European counterparts, and calls on British Telecom and other call centre operators to invest in their high quality workforce in Scotland and on the Scottish Executive to continue to work through Scottish Development International to promote Scotland as a quality location for value-added high-skill call centres and protect existing call centre jobs.

*S2M-252 Jackie Baillie: Maternity Services Review by Argyll and Clyde NHS Board-That the Parliament welcomes the return of maternity services to the Vale of Leven Hospital and commends the continuing efforts and commitment of midwives in establishing a midwife-led unit that will commence service in September 2003; notwithstanding this, notes with dismay the majority decision of Argyll and Clyde NHS Board on 29 July 2003 to centralise consultant-led maternity services at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley; acknowledges that this decision will significantly diminish access for women to maternity services given the geographical constraints of the area and, in particular, the lack of direct public transport from Dumbarton, Vale of Leven and Helensburgh to Paisley; further notes that a return journey takes approximately five hours and is cost-prohibitive for low-income families; recognises that this decision is inequitable and reduces choice for women in the area; deeply regrets that the option to work with NHS Greater Glasgow and have access to a consultant-led unit serving women north of the river Clyde was rejected without substantive justification, and therefore urges the Minister for Health and Community Care to reject the decision of Argyll and Clyde NHS Board and restore choice to the women of the area.

*S2M-251 Rosie Kane: Treatment of Ay Family-That the Parliament notes with grave concern the inhuman treatment of the Ay family and calls on the Scottish Executive to initiate an immediate judicial review into the handling of this case.

Supported by: Linda Fabiani*

*S2M-250 Brian Adam: Scotland's Infantry Regiments-That the Parliament condemns the suggestion that there should be a reduction from six to five in Scotland's infantry regiments by disbandment or amalgamation; notes with pride the histories of the Scottish regiments; recognises the important local loyalties for each of the regiments across Scotland; recalls the magnificent campaign to save the Gordon Highlanders, which unfortunately was ignored by Westminster in 1994, and calls on all Scotland, including the Scottish Executive, to campaign for the retention of all Scotland's infantry regiments.

*S2M-249 Brian Adam: Aberdeen Recycling and Waste Management-That the Parliament welcomes the monies allocated to Aberdeen City Council for recycling and waste management projects over the next 17 years; recognises that Scotland needs to recycle more and discard less, and calls on the Scottish Executive and Her Majesty's Government to introduce legislation to ensure that manufacturers and retailers reduce the excessive amount of packaging that some persist in using to wrap their goods.

*S2M-248 Chris Ballance: Test Firing of Electro-magnetic Gun at Dundrennan Army Range-That the Parliament condemns the decision by Her Majesty's Government to invite the United States of America to test fire its experimental electro-magnetic gun at the Dundrennan army range; regrets the failure by the Ministry of Defence to consult with local people in respect of this decision, and calls on the First Minister to initiate a consultation process with local people and to write to the Secretary of State for Defence requesting that he revoke access to the Dundrennan range by the United States until the results of this consultation process are known and are given due consideration.

Supported by: Mark Ballard*, Mr Mark Ruskell*, Ms Sandra White*, Frances Curran*, Carolyn Leckie*, Mr Stewart Maxwell*

*S2M-247 Brian Adam: Congratulations to the Archie Foundation-That the Parliament congratulates the Archie Foundation on raising more than 3 million in its appeal for enhanced facilities for the new Children's Hospital in Aberdeen; notes that the foundation was the winner of Best Regional Appeal category in the Professional Fundraising/Institute of Fundraising Awards 2002, and commends the people of the north east and the northern isles for their generosity.

Supported by: Richard Lochhead*

S2M-246 Deportation of the Ay Family (lodged on 1 August 2003) Elaine Smith*, Ms Sandra White*, John Swinburne*, Mr Stewart Maxwell*, Mr Mark Ruskell*, Patrick Harvie*, Mr Adam Ingram*, Campbell Martin*, Christine Grahame*

S2M-244# Argyll and Clyde NHS Board Maternity Review (lodged on 31 July 2003) Campbell Martin*, Mr Stewart Maxwell*, Christine Grahame*, Nicola Sturgeon*

S2M-242 Congratulations to Ian Edmond (lodged on 29 July 2003) Christine Grahame*, Pauline McNeill*

S2M-241# Galloway Fisheries Inshore Exclusion Zone (lodged on 29 July 2003) Margaret Mitchell*, Richard Lochhead*, Mr Brian Monteith*, Bill Aitken*

S2M-239 The Office of Communications (lodged on 28 July 2003) Brian Adam*, Christine Grahame*, Linda Fabiani*

S2M-235 Johnstone Hospital (lodged on 24 July 2003) Ms Rosemary Byrne*

S2M-234 United Kingdom Cabinet Should Resign (lodged on 23 July 2003) Chris Ballance*

S2M-230 Child Injury Prevention (lodged on 21 July 2003) Jackie Baillie*

S2M-229 Success of Scotland Team in Homeless World Cup 2003 (lodged on 18 July 2003) Pauline McNeill*, Jackie Baillie*

S2M-228 Dungavel House Immigration Removal Centre (lodged on 16 July 2003) Eleanor Scott*, Shiona Baird*, Linda Fabiani*

S2M-226# Maternity Services in Argyll and Clyde NHS Board Area (lodged on 11 July 2003) Jackie Baillie*, Trish Godman*, Elaine Smith*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Miss Annabel Goldie*, Christine Grahame*

S2M-222# Scottish Lottery (lodged on 4 July 2003) Linda Fabiani*

S2M-218 Save Scotland's Ink Recycling Industry (lodged on 3 July 2003) Brian Adam*, Linda Fabiani*

S2M-217 Freedom to Express Scottish Identity (lodged on 3 July 2003) Eleanor Scott*, Linda Fabiani*

S2M-216 Use of Cannabis for the Relief of Pain (lodged on 3 July 2003) Chris Ballance*, Shiona Baird*, Linda Fabiani*

S2M-214 National Endometriosis Awareness Day (lodged on 1 July 2003) Brian Adam*

S2M-212 West of Scotland Racial Equality Council (lodged on 27 June 2003) Linda Fabiani*

S2M-211 Parliament's In-house Mail Services (lodged on 27 June 2003) Brian Adam*, Susan Deacon*

S2M-210 Respect for Shopworkers Day, 17 September 2003 (lodged on 27 June 2003) Ms Rosemary Byrne*

S2M-209 Marine National Parks (lodged on 27 June 2003) Chris Ballance*, Shiona Baird*

S2M-203 Implementation of Agenda for Change (lodged on 25 June 2003) Jackie Baillie*

S2M-184 Anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn (lodged on 20 June 2003) Brian Adam*

S2M-182# Ten Years of Council Tax (lodged on 19 June 2003) Brian Adam*

S2M-179 The Future of the Scottish Legal System (lodged on 19 June 2003) Chris Ballance*

S2M-166# Macmillan/CAB Cancer Patient Services (lodged on 18 June 2003) Brian Adam*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Alex Fergusson*

S2M-146 Combat Stress (lodged on 13 June 2003) Brian Adam*

S2M-138# Nursery Nurses (lodged on 12 June 2003) Ms Rosemary Byrne*