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Business Bulletin No. 134 / 2003

Tuesday 7th October 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-457 Rosie Kane: US Treatment of Human Shields to Iraq—That the Parliament condemns the actions of the US Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control in imposing fines and custodial sentences on individuals who travelled to Iraq to act as human shields and commends those individuals on their humanitarian actions during the recent war.

*S2M-456 Cathy Jamieson: Scottish Fire and Rescue Service - Proposals for Legislation—That the Parliament welcomes the Scottish Executive’s commitment to working with stakeholders to develop a fire and rescue service that is modern and effective with the principal aim of reducing risk; notes that the consultation paper The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service: Proposals for Legislation builds on the responses received to the first policy paper, and notes that the Executive will engage with stakeholders to modernise the service and work together to provide greater impetus to protect the public from fire to reduce Scotland’s poor record of fire fatalities.

Supported by: Hugh Henry*

*S2M-455# John Swinburne: Pension Credit—That the Parliament notes the introduction of Pension Credit a new means-tested benefit for senior citizens; recognises the cost of implementing another mean-tested benefit and the complicated and demeaning process of applying for this benefit for senior citizens; agrees that a decent state pension is a right for our senior citizens and should not have to be supplemented with means-tested benefits, and therefore considers that the Scottish Executive should urge Her Majesty’s Government to deliver on Gordon Brown’s pledge nine years ago to abolish means-testing and introduce a state pension which provides all senior citizens with a reasonable quality of life, with the link to earnings restored to provide a greater economic stability to those senior citizens.

*S2M-454 Ross Finnie: The Draft Agricultural Holdings (Consequential Amendments) (Scotland) Order 2003—That the Environment and Rural Development Committee recommends that the draft Agricultural Holdings (Consequential Amendments) (Scotland) Order 2003 be approved.

Supported by: Allan Wilson*

*S2M-453 Tommy Sheridan: Number of Deportations by Her Majesty's Government Between 1990 and 2002—That the Parliament notes that the New Labour Government deported 255,413 people between May 1997 and December 2002 while the Tory Government deported 174,967 people between January 1990 and April 1997; further notes that New Labour now deports seven people an hour compared to two deportations an hour in 1990, and believes that this illustrates clearly New Labour’s negative attitude to immigrants seeking to build a new life within the UK.

*S2M-452# Brian Adam: Science and the Parliament Event 12 November 2003—That the Parliament welcomes the "Science and the Parliament 2003" event being held on 12 November 2003, organised by the Royal Society of Chemistry in association with Scotland's leading science organisations; notes the contribution of Scotland's 40,000 scientists to our economic, environmental and social development including those working in the public sector; further notes the contribution of science to the development of new technologies in renewable energy and waste management and supporting a sustainable environment; notes the importance of a well-resourced science research sector to allow Scotland to be a world leader in the "green" technologies, and considers that the Scottish Executive should increase investment in science research and support greater industrial research.

S2M-449 Support for Liberal Democrats' Comments on Council Tax (lodged on 3 October 2003) Carolyn Leckie*, Ms Sandra White*, Frances Curran*

S2M-447# Nuclear Submarine Decommisioning (lodged on 2 October 2003) Frances Curran*, Carolyn Leckie*, Robin Harper*

S2M-446 Deaths of Young Servicemen and Women at Deepcut Barracks (lodged on 2 October 2003) Elaine Smith*

S2M-444 Food Advertising on TV (lodged on 2 October 2003) Elaine Smith*, Richard Lochhead*, Ms Sandra White*, Margo MacDonald*

S2M-440 Appointment of New Cardinal (lodged on 1 October 2003) Mrs Nanette Milne*

S2M-437# Rising Crime in Forth Valley (lodged on 30 September 2003) Mrs Nanette Milne*

S2M-427 Mr John Swinney MSP's Reported Use of Offensive Language (lodged on 30 September 2003) Mr David Davidson*, Mrs Nanette Milne*

S2M-424# Wind Farms (lodged on 30 September 2003) Mary Scanlon*, Mrs Nanette Milne*, Linda Fabiani*

S2M-423# Civilian Peace Service (lodged on 29 September 2003) Des McNulty*

S2M-420 UNISON's NHS Food for Good Charter (lodged on 26 September 2003) Jackie Baillie*, Robert Brown*, Dr Jean Turner*, Linda Fabiani*, Robin Harper*, Margo MacDonald*

S2M-418 Ayr Advertiser 200th Anniversary (lodged on 26 September 2003) Mrs Nanette Milne*

S2M-417# Royal Mail Withdrawal from Use of Rail (lodged on 26 September 2003) Dr Jean Turner*, Irene Oldfather*

S2M-405.1 Army Display in the Parliament (lodged on 24 September 2003) Mrs Nanette Milne*

S2M-382 Deepcut Barracks Public Inquiry (lodged on 23 September 2003) Dr Jean Turner*

S2M-370 Alness in Bloom - Entente Florale Silver Medal (lodged on 22 September 2003) Dr Jean Turner*

S2M-366 Scottish Traditional Music Awards (lodged on 19 September 2003) Dr Jean Turner*

S2M-363 Hi-Arts Broadband Britain Challenge Award (lodged on 18 September 2003) Dr Jean Turner*

S2M-362 Tartan Day, Paris, 4 April 2004 (lodged on 18 September 2003) Dr Jean Turner*

S2M-306 Chile (lodged on 8 September 2003) Dr Jean Turner*

S2M-291# Auxiliary Fire Units in the Highlands (lodged on 2 September 2003) Bruce Crawford*, Dennis Canavan*, Frances Curran*, Carolyn Leckie*