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Business Bulletin No. 113 / 2003

Monday 8th September 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-305# Mr Ted Brocklebank: The Crisis Facing Scotland's Fishing Communities—That the Parliament recognises the gravity of the current crisis facing Scotland's fishing communities, particularly in view of the latest decommissioning figures and the likelihood of even more draconian cutbacks in whitefish catching effort, and considers that the Scottish Executive should seek an immediate revision of cod quota regulations by the EU Fisheries Council.

*S2M-304 Susan Deacon: Banking Facilities at Post Offices—That the Parliament believes that all those who currently receive pension payments, tax credit and benefits through the Post Office should be able to continue to do so; considers that the Communications Workers Union "Banking on You" campaign highlights the need to better publicise the banking facilities that Post Offices now offer; further considers that access to the Post Office Card Account should be made easier, and believes that all major banks including HSBC, HBOS, Royal Bank of Scotland and Natwest should be urged to sign up to universal banking by making all current accounts available at Post Offices.

Supported by: Mark Ballard*

*S2M-303# Sarah Boyack: Scottish Natural Heritage—That the Parliament supports the Scottish Executive's policy on the relocation of public sector jobs as announced by the then First Minister on 15 September 1999 and notes in particular that the policy states that decisions on location should promote efficiency and effectiveness, that organisations should be close to the communities they serve and that decisions should take into account costs, operational effectiveness and the position of staff concerned; notes that widespread concerns have been raised regarding the decision to relocate Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) headquarters from Edinburgh to Inverness; further notes with dismay the issue of two ministerial directions in relation to this move; considers therefore that the Executive should work with the SNH Board and relevant trade unions to avoid the imposition of compulsory redundancies and ensure that the requirement in the ministerial directions for a continued SNH base in Edinburgh meets the operational requirements of SNH and enables SNH to continue to meet its core function of protecting Scotland’s natural heritage, and considers that the issue requires an independent inquiry so that future lessons can be learnt.

Supported by: Susan Deacon*

S2M-302 Richard Lochhead: Struan Stevenson MEP's Support for the Common Fisheries Policy—That the Parliament deplores Struan Stevenson MEP's call, made in a draft committee report to the European Parliament, to extend and constitutionally enshrine control over the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP); believes that his campaign has the potential to damage efforts to transfer control over our fishing grounds to Scotland's Parliament given the CFP's disastrous record; regrets that Struan Stevenson's actions undermine attempts by our fishing communities to unite public and political opinion behind policies that will protect their future; urges his Conservative colleagues to publicly disassociate themselves from his actions and demand that he withdraws the aforementioned draft report, and calls on him to resign his convenership of the European Fisheries Committee if he is unable to withdraw the draft report.

Supported by: Stewart Stevenson*

*S2M-301 Mr Alasdair Morrison: Guga Harvest 2003—That the Parliament congratulates the team of men from Ness on the Isle of Lewis who have retuned home safely from Sula Sgeir, having secured this year's harvest of guga; recognises that this delicacy is enjoyed by many within the Western Isles and indeed the Gaelic diaspora throughout the world; notes the view of Scottish Natural Heritage that this annual harvest has no adverse effect on the population of the gannet colony; extends its very best wishes to the team for the future, and looks forward to the continued success of this age-old tradition that will help to delight the palate of Islanders at home and abroad for many years to come.

The member has provided the following Gaelic translation:

Gu bheil a’ Phàrlamaid a’ cur meal-a-naidheachd air an sgioba de dh’fhireannaich à Nis ann an Eilean Leòdhais a tha air tilleadh dhachaigh gu slàn sàbhailte bho Shula Sgeir, an dèidh dhaibh gugaichean na bliadhna-sa a bhuain; gu bheil i a’ toirt fainear gu bheil am biadh grinn seo a’ còrdadh ri iomadh duine anns na h-Eileanan Siar agus, gu dearbh, anns an diaspora Ghaidhealach air feadh an t-saoghail; gu bheil i a’ toirt fainear beachd Dualchas Nàdair na h-Alba nach eil am foghar bliadhnail seo a’ toirt droch bhuaidh sam bith air àireamh nan sùlairean san àrainn seo; agus gu bheil i a’ dèanamh fiughair ri soirbheas leantainneach dhan t-seann chleachdadh seo a bheir tlachd do bheul nan Eileanach, an dà chuid aig baile agus thall thairis, airson iomadh bliadhna ri thighinn.

Supported by: Christine May*, Jackie Baillie*, Alex Neil*, Des McNulty*, Maureen Macmillan*, Mr Jamie Stone*, Mr Ted Brocklebank*, Paul Martin*, Cathy Peattie*, John Farquhar Munro*

S2M-300# Rosie Kane: Inhumanity at Dungavel—That the Parliament condemns the appalling practices of depriving children of food and fining parents at the Dungavel House immigration removal centre and considers that there should be a full public inquiry into the operation of Dungavel to assess its impact on the physical and mental health of the inmates.

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Colin Fox*, Carolyn Leckie*, Frances Curran*, Fiona Hyslop*, Mark Ballard*, Dennis Canavan*, Elaine Smith*

S2M-299 Susan Deacon: Edinburgh Mela—That the Parliament congratulates all those who planned and took part in the Edinburgh Mela, Scotland’s biggest intercultural festival, at Pilrig Park on 29 to 31 August 2003; notes that over 40,000 people from a wide range of cultural backgrounds attended the weekend’s events; recognises the significant contribution the Edinburgh Mela makes to intercultural activities, and calls on the Scottish Executive, the Scottish Arts Council and the City of Edinburgh Council to continue to work with communities across Scotland in developing this event and related activities in the future.

Supported by: Sarah Boyack, Tommy Sheridan*

S2M-297 Nora Radcliffe: Darwin Mounds—That the Parliament welcomes the protection given to the Darwin Mounds; notes that this unique collection of cold water coral reefs was only discovered in 1998 but has significantly advanced global knowledge of coral formations; further notes that the coral, located 1,000 metres below the surface of the ocean, provides food and shelter to a wide range of marine species, and welcomes the commitment to protecting and sustaining the marine environment upon which our fishing industry depends.

Supported by: Mike Pringle*

S2M-296# Christine Grahame: Funding of Children and Young People with Special Educational Needs—That the Parliament notes the terms of the Standards in Scotland’s Schools etc. Act 2000 and, in particular, section 15; welcomes the presumption of mainstreaming of children and young people with special needs; is concerned, however, that local authorities may find, due to circumstances outwith their control, that they lack sufficient funding to comply with these requirements and that children and young people with special needs will therefore be disadvantaged, and believes that the Scottish Executive should consider rucksack funding, that is the supplementary funding of such children and young people centrally where the funding package for all aspects of their care is above a statutory figure, and further consider putting systems in place for payment of, and application for, central funding and for such applications to be considered by the relevant local authority, the Executive and representatives of the child or young person.

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan, Mr Adam Ingram, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Frances Curran, Carolyn Leckie*, John Swinburne*

S2M-295 Maureen Macmillan: Prohibition of Fishing for Scallops (Scotland) Order 2003—That the Environment and Rural Development Committee recommends that nothing further be done under the Prohibition of Fishing for Scallops (Scotland) Order 2003 (SSI 2003/371).

Supported by: Nora Radcliffe

S2M-291# Fergus Ewing: Auxiliary Fire Units in the Highlands—That the Parliament notes that auxiliary fire units play a vital role in many rural communities in fighting fires and do so in conjunction with the retained fire brigades; notes with concern that, following a report from Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Fire Services (HMI), 32 auxiliary units face possible closure; further notes that the new approach of integrated risk assessment should permit the preservation of as many as possible of these auxiliary units; considers that the Scottish Executive should explicitly endorse the need for such units and acknowledge the essential role that they play in protecting human life and property; believes that, if the recommendations of the HMI report are not carefully considered and auxiliary units are forced to close because of the proposed introduction of compulsory access to breathing apparatus within a short timescale, then human life and property may be placed at risk; believes that all involved, including Highland Council, the Firemaster, HMI and the Health and Safety Executive, should continue to discuss the implications of the HMI report in the context of integrated risk assessment and find an outcome that prevents the closure of so many of the auxiliary units.

Supported by: Stewart Stevenson, Brian Adam, Jim Mather, Mr Stewart Maxwell, Richard Lochhead, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Mr Rob Gibson, Eleanor Scott, Alex Neil, Michael Matheson

S2M-290 Dr Sylvia Jackson: Support for the International Whaling Commission Moratorium on Commercial Whaling—That the Parliament pledges its support for the moratorium on commercial whaling agreed by the International Whaling Commission meeting in Berlin; is deeply concerned that Iceland has resumed whaling and proposes to slaughter 500 sei, fin and minke whales over the next two years; deplores Iceland's killing of minke whales in 2003; notes the growing importance of whale watching and eco-tourism to the future of both the Scottish and Icelandic tourist industry, and calls on the Scottish Executive to highlight these concerns to the Her Majesty's Government and add its opposition to commercial whaling to that of the Her Majesty's Government and the wider international community.

Supported by: Trish Godman, Christine Grahame, Mr Richard Baker, Bristow Muldoon, Sarah Boyack, Bill Butler, Michael Matheson, Christine May, Dr Elaine Murray, Margaret Jamieson, Marlyn Glen, Nora Radcliffe, Shiona Baird, Eleanor Scott, Maureen Macmillan, Phil Gallie, Elaine Smith, Chris Ballance, Mr Jamie Stone, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Cathie Craigie, Dr Jean Turner, Scott Barrie, Mike Watson, Mark Ballard, Ms Sandra White, Alex Neil, Tommy Sheridan, Patrick Harvie, Mr Mark Ruskell, Jackie Baillie, Mike Pringle, Marilyn Livingstone, Robin Harper*, Rhona Brankin*

S2M-289# Shona Robison: Nurse Recruitment and Retention—That the Parliament is concerned about the 52% rise in nurse vacancies since 1999 and the increase in spend on agency nurses to 28 million per year; notes that nurse recruitment and retention problems are not diminishing; understands that nurses’ pay is an important part of the solution to the recruitment and retention problem and pays tribute to the role played by both the Royal College of Nursing and Unison campaigns in raising awareness of this; recognises that the Agenda for Change has made some progress on pay and conditions, but believes that there needs to be a Scottish recruitment and retention premium, as allowed by the Agenda for Change deal, in order to fully address the problem of nurse recruitment and retention by attracting more nurses to come and work in Scotland.

Supported by: Stewart Stevenson, Ms Sandra White

S2M-278 Hamilton District Crime Prevention Panel (lodged on 27 August 2003) Lord James Douglas-Hamilton*

S2M-277 Stirling's Appeal to Secure William Wallace Portrait (lodged on 26 August 2003) Robin Harper*, Mr Keith Raffan*, John Scott*, Colin Fox*

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.

Supported by: Pauline McNeill, Donald Gorrie, Sarah Boyack, Ms Sandra White, Michael Matheson, Bill Butler, Mike Watson, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Cathie Craigie, Nora Radcliffe, Shiona Baird, Carolyn Leckie, Richard Lochhead, Christine Grahame, Tommy Sheridan, Robin Harper, Alex Neil, Trish Godman, Dr Jean Turner, Cathy Peattie, Scott Barrie

S2M-106# Dr Sylvia Jackson: Scotland's European Pollutant Emission Register—That the Parliament welcomes the publication of the Scottish European Pollutant Emission Register by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency; recognises that this is an important component of a strategy to deliver environmental justice in Scotland; notes that all communities have a right to know about chemical emissions in their environment; further notes that, in the United States, the introduction of the Toxic Release Inventory resulted in emission reductions of over 40%, and looks forward to the rapid development and publication of a comprehensive and easily accessible system that includes contextual health and environmental impact information.

Supported by: Jackie Baillie, Rhona Brankin, Sarah Boyack, Bruce Crawford, Patrick Harvie, Robert Brown, Nora Radcliffe, Donald Gorrie, Eleanor Scott, Mr Mark Ruskell, Kate Maclean, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Helen Eadie, Christine May, Paul Martin, Chris Ballance, Dr Elaine Murray, Cathie Craigie, Shiona Baird, John Scott, Margo MacDonald, Karen Whitefield, Mark Ballard, Elaine Smith, Robin Harper, Trish Godman, Karen Gillon, Susan Deacon, Alasdair Morgan, Cathy Peattie, Scott Barrie