Business Bulletin No. 143 / 2003
Thursday 30th 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-531 Brian Adam: Evening Express Aberdeen Champions Awards-That the Parliament congratulates the winners of the Evening Express Aberdeen Champions awards, which recognise their immense contributions to North East Scotland society and commends the newspaper for running these awards.
*S2M-530 Miss Annabel Goldie: New York Crime Success-That the Parliament notes the publication of the Crime in the United States report by the Federal Bureau of Investigation; congratulates New York City on becoming the safest large city in America as crime has dropped 5% this year to its lowest level since the 1960s; recognises that this impressive record is largely due to the "broken windows" approach adopted which has led to "zero tolerance" neighbourhood policing based on the idea that no act of crime, no matter how small, should be ignored, and calls on the Scottish Executive to increase the resources available to our overstretched criminal justice system and to learn from the New York experience by introducing directly elected conveners of police boards who would be accountable to their local communities through regular publication of localised crime statistics, based on "Compstat", and would therefore be able to respond to the public's expressed desire for such "zero tolerance" policing in Scotland, along with a far more visible police presence on our streets.
*S2M-529 Peter Peacock: Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Bill-That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Bill.
Supported by: Euan Robson*
*S2M-528# Christine Grahame: Collateral Damage-That the Parliament recalls the concerns of Save the Children before the war with Iraq that half the Iraqi population was comprised of children under the age of 14, that 70% of the population lived in towns and cities, that 60% were poor and dependent on food rations, that 11.4% of Iraq children in north Iraq and 23.1% in central and south Iraq were chronically malnourished, that under-five child mortality rates in central and south Iraq had deteriorated by 160% due to sanctions, that Iraqi children were forced to drink water often containing up to 10 times the acceptable level of contamination and that the number of internally displaced persons was, before military action, estimated to be between 700,000 and one million; notes that, against that background, Save the Children was "deeply concerned" at renewed conflict as military action would have serious humanitarian consequences for that nation's vulnerable children; notes that Save the Children's fears have been realised and that since the war the plight of Iraq's children has worsened; notes that it is estimated that there are 120,000 orphans in Iraq, many of whom live on the streets and for whom the coalition provides no support; applauds the actions of Susan Karim who has lived in Scotland since fleeing Saddam Hussein's regime in 1980 and who, from 18 to 29 October 2003 will complete a solo sponsored walk from Dundee to the Scottish Parliament on her "Long Journey to Iraq" to highlight the orphaned children of Iraq and to collect funds for the Almuroge Project in Baghdad, a project requiring £100,000 to re-open a closed orphanage that would provide a home for 1,000 orphans as well as 150 elderly people who have lost all family ties, and therefore considers that the Scottish Executive should follow her individual example by promoting and encouraging, by whatever means at its disposal, humanitarian aid for the displaced children and elderly people of Iraq.
Supported by: Mark Ballard*, Tricia Marwick*, Brian Adam*, Colin Fox*, Mr Adam Ingram*, Mr Stewart Maxwell*, Mr Rob Gibson*, Ms Sandra White*, Eleanor Scott*, Bruce Crawford*, Frances Curran*
*S2M-526.1 Tommy Sheridan: Building Better Cities - Delivering Growth and Opportunities-As an amendment to motion (S2M-526) in the name of Mr Andy Kerr, leave out from "endorses" to end and insert "believes that the regeneration of deprived inner city areas and addressing social inequality would be assisted by returning the power to raise business rates to local authorities and introducing an income-based local tax system to replace the regressive council tax."
*S2M-526.2 Fergus Ewing: Building Better Cities - Delivering Growth and Opportunities-As an amendment to motion (S2M-526) in the name of Mr Andy Kerr, leave out from "endorses" to end and insert "notes the concerns of many that the publication of the Review of Scotland's Cities was a modest response to the challenges facing Scottish cities and that the review neglects the opportunity to address properly important issues of transport infrastructure and finance."
*S2M-526.3 Mark Ballard: Building Better Cities - Delivering Growth and Opportunities-As an amendment to motion (S2M-526) in the name of Mr Andy Kerr, leave out from "since" to end and insert "; welcomes the bringing together of a wider range of policy strands; believes, however, that sustainability must lie at the heart of urban policy rather then being an afterthought to economic growth, and urges the Scottish Executive to take forward a policy of urban regeneration that is led primarily by the needs of local communities, rather than by big business."
Supported by: Robin Harper*
*S2M-526.4 Mr Brian Monteith: Building Better Cities - Delivering Growth and Opportunities-As an amendment to motion (S2M-526) in the name of Mr Andy Kerr, leave out from "notes" to end and insert "believes that the cities of Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness and Stirling are vital drivers of economic growth in Scotland and that they, together with Scotland's urban and rural economies, would benefit from a reduction in non-domestic rates, an improvement in transport infrastructure and better public services and further believes these three policies would achieve far more than centrally-directed government-inspired initiatives, strategic plans and visions."
S2M-525# Glasgow Crossrail Scheme (lodged on 28 October 2003) Jackie Baillie*, Des McNulty*, Elaine Smith*, Margaret Jamieson*, Trish Godman*, Mike Watson*
S2M-524 Continuation of Grant for Headway Scotland (lodged on 28 October 2003) Mr Adam Ingram*, Michael Matheson*
S2M-517 BBC Documentary on the Holyrood Project (lodged on 28 October 2003) Mr David Davidson*, Murdo Fraser*, Mr Jamie McGrigor*, Margaret Mitchell*, Alex Neil*, Mary Scanlon*, Fergus Ewing*, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton*
S2M-515 Federation of Small Businesses' Energy and Environment Toolkit (lodged on 28 October 2003) Richard Lochhead*, Eleanor Scott*, Mr David Davidson*, Robin Harper*, Christine May*, Mr Mark Ruskell*, Chris Ballance*, Mark Ballard*, Alex Neil*, Mrs Nanette Milne*, Mike Pringle*
S2M-514# Call for Public Local Inquiry into Park of Keir Planning Application (lodged on 27 October 2003) Mr Mark Ruskell*
S2M-511# Review of Maternity Services in Glasgow (lodged on 24 October 2003) Mr Adam Ingram*
S2M-506 Support for David Amess MP's Early Day Motion on Asylum Seekers and the Right to Work (lodged on 21 October 2003) Chris Ballance*, Mark Ballard*
S2M-505 Statues of Justice and Mercy (lodged on 21 October 2003) Mr Adam Ingram*
S2M-504# Ethicon Workers Oppose Compulsory Redundancies (lodged on 21 October 2003) Chris Ballance*
S2M-502# Fairtrade (lodged on 16 October 2003) Irene Oldfather*, Bristow Muldoon*, Trish Godman*, Murray Tosh*
S2M-496 Scottish Football Team and Euro 2004 (lodged on 14 October 2003) Irene Oldfather*, Bristow Muldoon*, Karen Whitefield*
S2M-493 Scotland's Latest World Champion (lodged on 10 October 2003) Frances Curran*
S2M-492 Gaelic Language Bill (lodged on 10 October 2003) Murray Tosh*, Mike Watson*, Karen Whitefield*
S2M-487# Renewable Energy and Wind Farm Guidance (lodged on 9 October 2003) Campbell Martin*, Mr Kenny MacAskill*, Mr Rob Gibson*, Mr Stewart Maxwell*, Mr Bruce McFee*, Stewart Stevenson*, Linda Fabiani*, Brian Adam*
S2M-483 Threatened End of Manufacturing at Hoover, Cambuslang (lodged on 9 October 2003) Murray Tosh*
S2M-481# Women's Social and Political Union (lodged on 9 October 2003) Murray Tosh*, Karen Whitefield*, Karen Gillon*
S2M-478# CSV 'Make a Difference Day' (lodged on 9 October 2003) Karen Whitefield*
S2M-470# Closure of Queen Mother's Hospital, Glasgow (lodged on 8 October 2003) Murray Tosh*