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Business Bulletin No. 137 / 2003

Friday 10th 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-488 Shona Robison: United Nations International Day for the Eradication of Poverty-That the Parliament recognises United Nations International Day for the Eradication of Poverty on 17 October 2003 as an opportunity to raise awareness of the issue of poverty; believes that poverty is neither inevitable nor acceptable; recognises that far too many of our fellow Scots still live in poverty and that throughout the world the gap between rich and poor has widened, and urges the Scottish Executive to do far more to tackle poverty and to ensure that Scotland plays a full role in the international community to begin to close the gap between rich and poor throughout the world.

*S2M-487# Roseanna Cunningham: Renewable Energy and Wind Farm Guidance-That the Parliament recognises the need for the development of renewable sources of energy; welcomes the work being done to ensure that Scotland becomes a market leader for wave, tidal and offshore wind energy generation and hydrogen fuel cells; recognises that wind farms, as the only currently commercially viable new renewable technology, have an important contribution to make to the mix of Scotland's energy generation; notes, however, that the absence of clear, concise and coherent guidelines for the approval of wind farm sites is causing anxiety in many Scottish communities and uncertainty for developers; is concerned that, without such guidelines, public support for renewable energy is in danger of being undermined, and believes that the Scottish Executive must urgently publish guidance on the criteria being applied to wind farm developments, take positive steps to promote and assist community-led renewable energy projects including wind farm developments, engage with the Ministry of Defence regarding its objections to wind farm developments on or near Ministry of Defence property, and encourage developers to recognise their responsibilities to local communities so that the common good of such communities can benefit from developments on their door step.

Supported by: Richard Lochhead*, Bruce Crawford*

*S2M-486 Patrick Harvie: Sexual Health Misinformation-That the Parliament notes the publication of pamphlets stating that condoms are not reliable in preventing the spread of HIV, as discovered by BBC Panorama researchers working in Kenya and other areas of high HIV prevalence; opposes the spread of such misinformation in Scotland; condemns those who publish, promote or endorse such life-threatening propaganda, whether abroad or in Scotland; notes the opinion of the US National Institutes of Health and other expert opinion worldwide that intact latex condoms are essentially impermeable to even the smallest sexually transmitted virus, hepatitis B; notes the intention of the Scottish Executive to publish the report of the Sexual Health Strategy expert group in the near future, and believes that any effective sexual health strategy for Scotland will include the promotion of condom use and safer sex practices among other approaches.

*S2M-485 Carolyn Leckie: Nursery Nurses-That the Parliament notes the Scottish Executive's declared aim to "give young people the skills they need to take an entrepreneurial spirit from the classroom into a confident and prosperous Scotland"; recognises that confidence grows from the very earliest age and that nursery education is critical to instilling confidence in present and future generations; recognises the pivotal role played by nursery nurses in that process; considers that to invest in their pay and career structure is to invest in our children and country's future, and further considers that the Executive should declare support for the nursery nurses' current grading claim and take steps to ensure funding and settlement of that claim.

Supported by: Colin Fox*, Frances Curran*

*S2M-484 Mr Bruce McFee: 1820 Martyrs-That the Parliament expresses its concern that 'more materials' regarding the 1820 Martyrs, as referred to by the then Deputy Minister for Education and Young People, Nicol Stephen, on 5 September 2001 (Official report, c 2263), have not yet been produced; notes that the answer given by the Minister for Education and Young People, Peter Peacock, on 22 September 2003 to question S2W-2170 does not re-affirm that more materials will be produced; calls on the Scottish Executive to recognise fully this important act of civil unrest in Scottish history when working class people rose against the British state to obtain a better standard of living and demonstrated under the banner 'Scotland Free or a Desert'; further calls on the Executive and Inverclyde Council to provide a memorial to the demonstrators, men, women and children, who were shot indiscriminately by the British Army in Greenock as they protested against the holding of political prisoners in Greenock jail; recognises the need for Scottish history to be preserved and taught to schoolchildren, and calls on the Executive to provide these materials forthwith to enlighten current schoolchildren and future generations of the struggle for better living conditions and independence.

*S2M-483 Robert Brown: Threatened End of Manufacturing at Hoover, Cambuslang-That the Parliament is deeply concerned at the threatened loss of 250 direct and an estimated 1,000 indirect jobs as a result of Hoover's announcement that it is ending manufacturing at its Cambuslang plant, and considers that the Scottish Executive should immediately establish a task force in association with Scottish Enterprise, South Lanarkshire Council, trade unions and others to explore with Hoover any options which will allow the retention of a manufacturing element within Hoover, Cambuslang, and to tackle the employment consequences and the human and social disaster of the proposed cutback in the Cambuslang and Rutherglen area.

Supported by: George Lyon*, Tommy Sheridan*, Mr Jamie Stone*, Mike Rumbles*, Alex Neil*, Carolyn Leckie*

*S2M-482# Maureen Macmillan: Development of Oban Harbour-That the Parliament notes with concern that Oban, the crossroads to the west highlands and islands, is being economically constrained by the lack of strategic development of the harbour resulting in a knock-on effect on the north Argyll islands and believes that the Scottish Executive should work with Argyll and Bute Council, Highland and Islands Enterprise and all other stakeholders to develop the infrastructure in Oban harbour in a strategic way so that it can meet the future need for berthing facilities for the increasing number of ferries, cruise liners, pleasure boats, yachts and fishing boats that use the harbour.

*S2M-481# Cathy Peattie: Women's Social and Political Union-That the Parliament notes that, on 10 October 1903, a group of women met in the Manchester home of Emmeline Pankhurst and founded the Women's Social and Political Union, which became known as the suffragette movement, with the aim of recruiting more working class women into the struggle for the vote and believes that this centenary year should be marked by efforts to promote the participation of women in the democratic process.

*S2M-480 Richard Lochhead: Call for Inquiry into 118118 Directory Inquiry Service-That the Parliament notes with concern increasing reports of inaccurate numbers being given in response to inquiries made of the new 118118 directory inquiry service; calls upon Oftel to conduct an investigation into whether these providers are up to adequate standards and, if they are not, to take appropriate action, and further calls upon the Scottish Executive to ensure that the interests of Scottish consumers are safeguarded.

*S2M-479 Richard Lochhead: Recognising the Achievements of Professor John Mallard-That the Parliament recognises the outstanding contribution to science of Professor John Mallard and his team at the University of Aberdeen who were instrumental in the development of magnetic resonance imaging technology in the late 1970s and early 1980s; notes that this work was built upon across the world and was of fundamental importance to the 2003 Nobel Award in Physiology or Medicine being awarded to teams from the Universities of Nottingham and Illinois for developing new applications for this technology; further notes that Scotland has a proud record of world-beating science, and calls on the Scottish Executive to redouble efforts to encourage such scientific progress and to retain the benefits in Scotland rather than exporting technology and commercial advantage overseas.

*S2M-478# Maureen Macmillan: CSV 'Make a Difference Day'-That the Parliament fully supports the CSV 'Make a Difference Day' on 25 October 2003, the UK's biggest day of direct volunteering action; recognises the important role the CSV plays in providing opportunities for people to work together to made a difference in their communities; further recognises that volunteering makes an enormous contribution to the social, economic, environmental and cultural life of Scotland, and applauds the volunteers taking part in 'Make a Difference Day' on 25 October.

*S2M-477 Sarah Boyack on behalf of the Environment and Rural Development Committee: Rural Development Committee, 1st Report 2003 (Session 1): Inquiry into Integrated Rural Development-That the Parliament notes the recommendations contained in the Rural Development Committee's 1st Report 2003 (Session 1): Inquiry into Integrated Rural Development (SP Paper 735).

*S2M-476 Helen Eadie: Welcome for Announcement by Shell UK-That the Parliament welcomes the news announcement at Fife NGL plant by Shell UK in the past week that has the effect of helping to secure current and future investment in Fife and the north of Scotland in the oil and gas industry; congratulates the stakeholders including Her Majesty's Government, the Norwegian Government, Shell UK, ExxonMobil and the trade unions who have worked in partnership to bring benefit to the Scottish economy and safeguard the future of the Mosmorran and St Fergus plants for up to 15 years, and notes the wider impact that this announcement will have on contracting and sub-contracting companies.

*S2M-475 Janis Hughes: Job Losses at Hoover Plant, Cambuslang-That the Parliament expresses its deep regret at the announcement by Hoover of its intention to have discussions on the cessation of manufacturing at its Cambuslang plant; recognises the valuable role that the workforce in Cambuslang has played in the history of the Hoover company for almost 60 years; urges Hoover to reconsider its decision to cease manufacturing in Scotland; further expresses its particular concern that the company intends to transfer some manufacturing to Wales, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to do everything within its power to support the workforce at Cambuslang.

Supported by: Des McNulty*, Cathie Craigie*, Dr Elaine Murray*, Alex Neil*, Mr Jamie Stone*, Murray Tosh*, Ms Wendy Alexander*, Scott Barrie*, Karen Gillon*, Karen Whitefield*, Shiona Baird*, Tommy Sheridan*, Kate Maclean*, Mike Watson*, Paul Martin*, Christine May*, Maureen Macmillan*, Margaret Jamieson*, Dr Sylvia Jackson*, Jackie Baillie*, Pauline McNeill*, Mr John Home Robertson*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Carolyn Leckie*

S2M-474 Susan Deacon: Horse Racing Industry in Scotland-That the Parliament recognises the significant contribution that the horse racing industry makes to the economy, generating up to 125 million *annually* and providing the equivalent of 1700 full-time jobs; commends the success of the racing industry in continuing to expand and develop, recognising its contribution to local economies and tourism; notes that there is widespread concern regarding the potential implications of the proposed Office of Fair Trading (OFT) rule 14 notice on the deregulation of the British horse racing industry and, in particular, on its likely impact on Scotland's five racecourses, Ayr, Hamilton Park, Kelso, Musselburgh and Perth, each of which is independently owned and managed with profits generated ploughed back into the sport for long-term growth, and considers that the Scottish Executive should work with representatives of the racing industry to identify opportunities to promote and develop the industry and to explore the possible implications of the OFT ruling.

Supported by: Dr Sylvia Jackson*, Mr Kenny MacAskill*, Bristow Muldoon*, Dr Elaine Murray*, Murdo Fraser*, Christine May*, Margaret Jamieson*, Des McNulty*, Alex Neil*, Mike Watson*

S2M-472# Closure and Rationalisation of Maternity Services (lodged on 8 October 2003) Frances Curran*, Richard Lochhead*, Campbell Martin*, Rosie Kane*, Colin Fox*

S2M-470# Closure of Queen Mother's Hospital, Glasgow (lodged on 8 October 2003) Jackie Baillie*, Carolyn Leckie*, Mr Duncan McNeil*, Elaine Smith*, Nicola Sturgeon*, Bill Butler*, Patrick Harvie*, Karen Gillon*, Frances Curran*

S2M-469 National Construction Week 8 to 15 October 2003 (lodged on 8 October 2003) Ms Wendy Alexander*, Bill Butler*, Cathie Craigie*, David Mundell*, Susan Deacon*, Scott Barrie*, Mike Watson*, Karen Whitefield*, Mr Jamie Stone*, Cathy Peattie*, Margaret Jamieson*

S2M-466 Condolences on the Death of Joe Baker (lodged on 7 October 2003) Campbell Martin*

S2M-455# Pension Credit (lodged on 6 October 2003) Frances Curran*

S2M-452# Science and the Parliament Event 12 November 2003 (lodged on 6 October 2003) Dr Jean Turner*

S2M-451# Warm Homes Week (lodged on 3 October 2003) Marilyn Livingstone*, Mary Scanlon*

S2M-442# European Week for Safety and Health (lodged on 1 October 2003) Marilyn Livingstone*, Karen Whitefield*, Des McNulty*, Cathy Peattie*, Eleanor Scott*, Richard Lochhead*, Tommy Sheridan*, Margaret Jamieson*, Dr Elaine Murray*, Scott Barrie*, Cathie Craigie*, Jackie Baillie*, Carolyn Leckie*

S2M-441 Planning Appeals (lodged on 1 October 2003) Christine Grahame*, Dr Jean Turner*

S2M-439 Church of Scotland Care Homes (lodged on 1 October 2003) Mary Scanlon*

S2M-366 Scottish Traditional Music Awards (lodged on 19 September 2003) Marilyn Livingstone*

S2M-315# Public Inquiry into Infections from Contaminated Blood Products Contracted by Patients who Suffer from Haemophilia (lodged on 9 September 2003) Carolyn Leckie*

S2M-308# Local Family History Week 18 to 24 April 2004 (lodged on 8 September 2003) Mr Jamie Stone*

S2M-265 Queen Mother's Hospital and Yorkhill Hospital, Glasgow (lodged on 14 August 2003) Christine Grahame*

S2M-249 Aberdeen Recycling and Waste Management (lodged on 5 August 2003) Marlyn Glen*, Mr David Davidson*, Mr Jamie Stone*, Shiona Baird*