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Business Bulletin No. 114/2003

Tuesday 9 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-313# Bruce Crawford: No Dumping of Nuclear Submarines in Scotland-That the Parliament rejects any proposal by Her Majesty's Government to dispose of nuclear waste from nuclear submarines in Scotland and opposes, in particular, any plans to cut up and store in Scotland any of the redundant nuclear submarines currently held at Rosyth or those that will become redundant in future.

Supported by: Mr John Swinney*, Tricia Marwick*, Mr Kenny MacAskill*, Richard Lochhead*, Brian Adam*, Mark Ballard*, Fiona Hyslop*, Fergus Ewing*

*S2M-312# Fiona Hyslop: Post Office Card Accounts Failure to Recognise Scottish Bank Holidays-That the Parliament deplores the operation of the post office card accounts which allows double payment to be paid into card accounts to cover post office closures for English bank holidays but fails to recognise the operation of Scottish bank holidays; recognises that the traditional system of payment book and cash account operation by individual post offices coped easily with Scottish and local holidays, and notes that the new system, unless altered to cater for Scottish holidays, acts as yet another disincentive for Scottish customers to use post office card accounts to support their local post office.

*S2M-311 Mark Ballard: Network Rail Closure of Level Crossings-That the Parliament condemns the attitude of Network Rail in seeking to close level crossings in Scotland without consultation; notes that this is contrary to the aspirations of the Parliament to support public enjoyment of the countryside, and calls on the Scottish Executive to ask the Secretary of State for Scotland to ensure that in future there is full consultation with local authorities, emergency services and outdoor recreation organisations and that, in taking their views into account, a proper balance is struck between safety and public access in deciding whether or not to close a crossing.

*S2M-310 Allan Wilson: Strategic Framework for Aquaculture-That the Parliament welcomes the Scottish Executive's commitment, as set out in A Partnership for a Better Scotland, to support an aquaculture industry that is sustainable, diverse and competitive; endorses A Strategic Framework for Scottish Aquaculture, prepared in collaboration with, and supported by, a wide range of stakeholders and launched in March 2003 and notes the progress already achieved in addressing the priorities for action listed therein, and further welcomes the Executive's continuing commitment to work in partnership with industry and all the other key stakeholders in regularly reviewing and reporting to the Parliament progress with the monitoring and implementation of the full programme of work contained in the strategic framework.

Supported by: Ross Finnie*

*S2M-309 Rosie Kane: Mercy and Percile Ikolo-That the Parliament congratulates the SNP on dedicating its party business this week to debating the Parliament's attitude to Dungavel Immigration Removal Centre; condemns the fact that Mercy Ikolo and her daughter Percile were detained at Dungavel until being freed on bail last week, although they have a home in Ireland where Percile was born; further condemns the fact that while detained there they were threatened with removal to Uganda, and believes that serious questions about the abuse of the human rights of children like Percile, detained at Dungavel, have to be raised.

Supported by: Mark Ballard*, Frances Curran*, Carolyn Leckie*, John Swinburne*, Campbell Martin*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Ms Sandra White*

*S2M-308# Brian Adam: Local Family History Week 18 to 24 April 2004-That the Parliament welcomes the decision of Scotland's local history societies to hold a local history week from 18 to 24 April 2004 with a focus on graveyards; notes the great public interest in local and family history, and encourages the Scottish Executive and local authorities to be involved in promoting these events as part of the genealogy tourism initiative.

Supported by: Mark Ballard*

*S2M-307 Robert Brown: HM Inspectorate of Education Report on Children Detained at Dungavel Immigration Removal Centre-That the Parliament notes the report by HM Inspectorate of Education on the education provision for children detained at Dungavel Immigration Removal Centre; notes that 79 children were held for periods in excess of two weeks and 36 children in excess of six weeks over the period of the report; further notes the report's conclusion that the education provision made at the centre was only acceptable for children detained for up to two weeks and unsatisfactory for those detained more than six weeks, and urges Her Majesty's Government to take immediate action on the report and in particular to end the compulsory detention of children at Dungavel.

Supported by: Frances Curran*, Carolyn Leckie*, Mr Jamie Stone*, Mark Ballard*, Fiona Hyslop*, John Swinburne*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*

*S2M-306 Elaine Smith: Chile-That the Parliament welcomes the events taking place on 11 and 13 September 2003, sponsored by Amnesty International, Chile Democratico and the STUC, to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the military coup that brought down the democratic government of President Salvador Allende in Chile on 11 September 1973; remembers the thousands of Chileans who were killed, detained, tortured and exiled by General Pinochet's brutal regime; expresses renewed solidarity with them, their friends and relatives; supports their demands for truth and justice as the necessary building blocks of the new Chile; pays tribute to the people of Chile who struggled for almost 17 years to return their country to democratic rule and to the Scottish people who supported that struggle; re-affirms a commitment to providing refuge and asylum to people, like the Chileans who came to Scotland in the mid 1970s, who are fleeing persecution and need a safe haven to rebuild lives shattered by oppression, war and conflict in their homelands; values their contribution to Scottish society and the enriching diversity they bring to our country; pledges on-going support for the cause of democracy, human, civil and political rights everywhere in the world, and calls for an end to oppression, discrimination and exclusion of any kind worldwide.

Supported by: Fiona Hyslop*

S2M-305# The Crisis Facing Scotland's Fishing Communities (lodged on 5 September 2003) Mr David Davidson*, Richard Lochhead*

S2M-304 Banking Facilities at Post Offices (lodged on 5 September 2003) Tommy Sheridan*, Rosie Kane*, Fiona Hyslop*

S2M-303# Scottish Natural Heritage (lodged on 5 September 2003) Rhona Brankin*, Mr John Home Robertson*, Elaine Smith*, Bristow Muldoon*, Mike Pringle*, Mark Ballard*

S2M-302 Struan Stevenson MEP's Support for the Common Fisheries Policy (lodged on 4 September 2003) Fiona Hyslop*

*S2M-302.1 Mr Ted Brocklebank: Struan Stevenson MEP's Support for the Common Fisheries Policy-As an amendment to motion (S2M-302) in the name of Richard Lochhead, leave out from "deplores" to end and insert "notes that motion S2M-302 as lodged by Richard Lochhead MSP is a total misrepresentation of the position of Struan Stevenson MEP and is based on an inaccurate newspaper article which has since been subject to correction, and considers that movers of motions should use more reliable sources before lodging motions in the Parliament.

S2M-301 Guga Harvest 2003 (lodged on 5 September 2003) Karen Gillon*

S2M-300# Inhumanity at Dungavel (lodged on 4 September 2003) Christine Grahame*, Margo MacDonald*, John Swinburne*

S2M-299 Edinburgh Mela (lodged on 3 September 2003) Rosie Kane*, Fiona Hyslop*

S2M-297 Darwin Mounds (lodged on 3 September 2003) Mark Ballard*

S2M-296# Funding of Children and Young People with Special Educational Needs (lodged on 3 September 2003) Margo MacDonald*, Rosie Kane*

S2M-289# Nurse Recruitment and Retention (lodged on 2 September 2003) Fiona Hyslop*

S2M-277 Stirling's Appeal to Secure William Wallace Portrait (lodged on 26 August 2003) Margaret Mitchell*

S2M-276 Pizza Hut Smoking Ban (lodged on 25 August 2003) Margo MacDonald*

S2M-273 GM Free Zone on Shetland Islands (lodged on 20 August 2003) Dennis Canavan*

S2M-270# Single Transferable Vote and Electoral Reform Society Report (lodged on 20 August 2003) Dennis Canavan*

S2M-257# Support for Mountain Rescue Service (lodged on 11 August 2003) Dennis Canavan*

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