Business Bulletin No. 124 / 2003
Tuesday 23rd 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-379 Peter Peacock: Better Behaviour Better LearningThat the Parliament supports the need to continue a long-term comprehensive programme of action to promote better behaviour for better learning in our schools.
Supported by: Euan Robson*
*S2M-378 Rosie Kane#: Mandatory 20 mph ZonesThat the Parliament considers that the Scottish Executive should make 20 mph speed zones mandatory within a 250m radius of schools and hospitals, throughout residential areas and on motorway/dual carriageway off-ramps.
*S2M-377 Tommy Sheridan: Imprisonment of Joe Higgins TD and Clare Daly in DublinThat the Parliament condemns the High Court in Dublin for jailing Socialist Party TD Joe Higgins and Socialist Party County Councillor Clare Daly for one month for their part in leading a popular campaign of non-payment of refuse collection taxes imposed by Fingal County Council; believes that in supporting this campaign these politicians have only been carrying out their duty as elected representatives of the people in opposing and protesting against this tax, which is perceived as a stealth tax on the poor in working class housing estates in the north of Dublin, and calls on the Scottish Executive to make representations to the Irish Parliament to try to secure the immediate release of Joe Higgins and Clare Daly.
*S2M-376# Frances Curran: Boycott of Coca-ColaThat the Parliament supports the international boycott of Coca-Cola, launched by the Colombian trade union federation Central Unitaria de Trabajadores de Colombia (CUT) and supported by the World Social Forum in Brazil, to highlight the murder of eight trade union leaders at Coca-Cola bottling plants in Colombia, and considers that people across Scotland should boycott Coca-Cola as part of the international campaign to force this multinational company to pay compensation to the families of those murdered, assist in bringing the assassins to court and guarantee trade union and human rights at their bottling plants throughout Colombia.
*S2M-375 Christine Grahame: Recruitment Policy for Children's PanelsThat the Parliament is concerned that the current recruitment policy for children's panel members currently requires refusal of applications from those in the 60 and over age group and calls on the Scottish Executive to review this policy.
*S2M-374 Christine Grahame: Common RidingsThat the Parliament supports the time-honoured informal arrangements whereby local police in the Scottish Borders temporarily hold up traffic while roads and streets are occupied in connection with the common ridings; notes that these festivals are seen by some police officers as an excellent opportunity for proactive community policing; notes that routes, timings and consequent road closures are traditional and therefore well known to residents and visitors; notes that this arrangement has worked well for decades; notes the current pressure from the Scottish Executive to formalise these arrangements for trunk roads since management of these roads was privatised and considers that the case for such formalisation is not proven; notes that the proposals in the draft guidance document were the result of consultation between Amey Highways Ltd, Dumfries and Galloway Council and police and excluded Scottish Borders representatives and, according to the Scottish Borders Council, "contains a number of errors and flaws"; notes that implementation of these requirements will place a significant financial burden on Scottish Borders Council, and therefore urges the Executive to reconsider these proposals after full consultation with Scottish Borders Council, the local police and all other interested parties.
*S2M-373# Sarah Boyack: Older People's Week 2003That the Parliament notes that Older People's Week takes place between 27 September and 3 October 2003, including Older Persons Day on 1 October; welcomes the activities across Scotland that recognise and celebrate the contribution of older people to our society; congratulates local authorities such as the City of Edinburgh Council in the partnership work which has produced a city plan for older people; welcomes the strategic aims outlined in A City for All Ages to improve opportunities and access to services and tackle discrimination, and considers that the Scottish Executive should continue to support older people to live healthy, active and independent lives.
*S2M-372# Rosie Kane: Expansion of Dungavel Detention CentreThat the Parliament condemns the plans by the Home Secretary to expand the Dungavel House immigration removal centre which fly in the face of the democratic will of the Scottish people, many of whom regard Dungavel as a prison for asylum seekers and their children and wish it to be closed down altogether; notes with alarm that Premier Security, the private company contracted to run Dungavel, must have been privy to these plans before democratically elected MSPs were informed of them; assumes, therefore, that Her Majesty's Government is not serious about devolution, and considers that the Scottish Executive should stand up to the government in Westminster and take charge of the situation with a view to closing down Dungavel at the earliest possible opportunity.
*S2M-371# Christine Grahame: National Road Safety WeekThat the Parliament notes that the week beginning 22 September 2003 is National Road Safety Week with the theme of child pedestrians; notes that in 2002 there were 2,767 child casualties of which 523 were fatalities or seriously injured of which 14 died; notes that 1,308 child pedestrians were casualties, accounting for 39% of all pedestrian casualties of all ages and that, of this number, 336 were fatalities or seriously injured of which 12 died; notes that 929 were child casualties in cars, of whom 111 were fatalities or seriously injured and two died; notes that 276 were child pedal cyclist casualties, 33% of the total and, of these, 46 had serious injuries; notes that Brake produces action packs for schools, community groups and others with information on how to become involved in this week's campaign but, above all, emphasises that there is no substitute for driving safely at an appropriate speed particularly in areas where there are likely to be children, whether as pedestrians, cyclists or at play.
*S2M-370 Mr Rob Gibson: Alness in Bloom - Entente Florale Silver MedalThat the Parliament congratulates Alness in Bloom for gaining an overall silver medal in the Entente Florale, Europe in Bloom, competition for 2003 held in Slovenia on 20 September 2003 and notes that this tops seven consecutive years of success in Scottish, British and world floral competitions and ensures that the volunteers, who have transformed the image of the town of Alness from depression to vibrancy, have won many new friends across Europe for their sustained achievements, including one of two awards this year for the best European village to grow its own flowers and shrubs for display.
*S2M-369 Mr Bruce McFee: Labour Party Misuse of NHS Argyll and Clyde's TimeThat the Parliament commends NHS Argyll and Clyde for initiating regular briefings between itself and MSPs to improve communication links; notes that West of Scotland Labour MSPs have, for the second time, demanded that they have a separate meeting with NHS officials, including the Chief Executive, thereby incurring additional costs; further notes the financial situation of NHS Argyll and Clyde which recently announced £13.2 million of cuts and also recommended the reduction of maternity services within its locality, and calls upon West of Scotland Labour MSPs to end their system of separate briefings regarding NHS Argyll and Clyde, refrain from such demands in the future and allow the board to operate one single briefing, which will allocate them more time to focus upon the important issues of health care in Argyll and Clyde.
S2M-368# National Concessionary Travel Scheme for Older People (lodged on 19 September 2003) Christine Grahame*, Carolyn Leckie*, Shiona Baird*, Alex Neil*
S2M-367# Congestion Charging (lodged on 19 September 2003) Stewart Stevenson*, Christine Grahame*, Brian Adam*, Alex Neil*, Mr Kenny MacAskill*
S2M-366 Scottish Traditional Music Awards (lodged on 19 September 2003) Christine Grahame*
S2M-365# Edinburgh's Proposals for Congestion Charging (lodged on 19 September 2003) Pauline McNeill*, Mr Kenny MacAskill*
S2M-364# Children's Panel Membership (lodged on 18 September 2003) Fiona Hyslop*, Elaine Smith*, Cathie Craigie*, Dr Elaine Murray*, Christine Grahame*, Mr Kenny MacAskill*
S2M-363 Hi-Arts Broadband Britain Challenge Award (lodged on 18 September 2003) Shiona Baird*, Mr Rob Gibson*, Mark Ballard*, Alex Neil*
S2M-362 Tartan Day, Paris, 4 April 2004 (lodged on 18 September 2003) Christine Grahame*, Shiona Baird*, Mr Rob Gibson*, Alex Neil*
S2M-361# Lack of Affordable Rural Housing in North East Scotland (lodged on 18 September 2003) Fiona Hyslop*, Alex Neil*
S2M-360# Open Source Software (lodged on 17 September 2003) Alex Neil*
S2M-359# Availability of Organ Donor Forms (lodged on 17 September 2003) Richard Lochhead*, Mr Bruce McFee*, Christine Grahame*, Alex Neil*
S2M-358 Dr Henry Faulds - Pioneer of Fingerprinting (lodged on 16 September 2003) Mr Bruce McFee*, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton*
S2M-347 Redundancy Notices at the National Library of Scotland (lodged on 15 September 2003) Christine Grahame*
S2M-343# Scottish Food Fortnight (lodged on 15 September 2003) Christine Grahame*
S2M-304# Banking Facilities at Post Offices (lodged on 5 September 2003) Christine Grahame*
S2M-303# Scottish Natural Heritage (lodged on 5 September 2003) Tricia Marwick*, Mr Ted Brocklebank*, Cathie Craigie*
S2M-210# Respect for Shopworkers Day, 17 September 2003 (lodged on 27 June 2003) Christine Grahame*