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Business Bulletin No. 145/2003

Monday 3 November 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-539 Margo MacDonald: Holyrood Inquiry-That the Parliament agrees to hold a debate on the Holyrood Inquiry and, in relation to this debate, agrees that under section 23 of the Scotland Act 1998 the producers and commissioning body for the planned BBC Scotland programme "The Gathering Place" should be required to produce the videotaped recordings of interviews conducted for possible inclusion in the programme.

*S2M-538# Carolyn Leckie: MMR Vaccine-That the Parliament recognises that the debate over the safety of the MMR vaccine is unresolved and considers that single vaccines, administered at intervals, should be available in Scotland as an alternative choice to MMR.

*S2M-537 Dr Sylvia Jackson: Success of Central Scotland Police's Operation Overlord-That the Parliament recognises the success of Central Scotland Police's Operation Overlord; notes that over the last six months officers have seized more than 300,000 worth of drugs from over 800 raids and searches; further notes that some 400,000 has been seized and is being investigated by the Crown Office under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002, and congratulates the Central Scotland Police force on their efforts in removing drugs, including heroin and cocaine, from the streets of Forth Valley.

S2M-536 Mr Andy Kerr: Criminal Procedure (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill - Financial Resolution-That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Criminal Procedure (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill, agrees to any increase, in consequence of the Act, in expenditure payable out of the Scottish Consolidated Fund.

S2M-535 John Farquhar Munro: Roy Wentworth-That the Parliament notes with regret the sad death of Roy Wentworth, Gaelic scholar, teacher and language activist; expresses condolences to his family and recognises his extensive contribution to the recording of Gaelic place names and vocabulary and the development of the Gaelic Parliamentary Dictionary and his unflagging use of Gaelic as an integral part of his daily life, work and culture, to ensure that both the language and culture of the Gael survives and develops.

The member has provided the following Gaelic translation:

Gu bheil a' Phàrlamaid a' toirt fainear le mulad bàs brònach Roy Wentworth, sgoilear, neach-teagaisg is neach-strì cànain; gu bheil i a' cur an cèill co-fhaireachdainn leis an teaghlach aige agus gu bheil i ag aithneachadh na h-obrach farsaing a rinn e air clàradh ainmean-àite, air briathrachas Gàidhlig agus air Faclair na Pàrlamaid agus mar a chleachd e Gàidhlig gun tàmh mar phàirt bhunaiteach de a bheatha, a obair is a chultar làitheil gus dèanamh cinnteach gum maireadh is gum fàsadh an dà chuid cànan agus cultar nan Gaidheal.

S2M-534# Helen Eadie: New Forth Crossing-That the Parliament welcomes the proposal by the Leader of Fife Council that planning and preparation now be undertaken for the construction of a further crossing over the River Forth; notes that the existing Forth Road Bridge required in excess of 16 years lead-in time before it was built and that traffic levels on the current bridge continue to grow well beyond the recommended capacity of 68,000, increasing pollution over the Forth, placing a severe brake on economic links to the north of Scotland and thereby making the economic and environmental case for ensuring that the new crossing combines both road and tram or rail freight traffic indisputable, and further notes the benefits to economic development and employment in Scotland of designing and building a new Forth crossing.

S2M-533 Mr Andy Kerr: Draft Budget (Scotland) Act 2003 Amendment (No.2) Order 2003-That the Finance Committee recommends that the draft Budget (Scotland) Act 2003 Amendment (No.2) Order 2003 be approved.

Supported by: Tavish Scott

S2M-532 Ms Margaret Curran: Antisocial Behaviour etc. (Scotland) Bill-That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Antisocial Behaviour etc. (Scotland) Bill.

Supported by: Cathy Jamieson, Peter Peacock, Ross Finnie, Mrs Mary Mulligan

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, Patrick Harvie, Carolyn Leckie, Shiona Baird, Margo MacDonald, Alex Neil, John Swinburne, Donald Gorrie, Michael Matheson, Tommy Sheridan, Rosie Kane*, Mr Mark Ruskell*, Linda Fabiani*

S2M-527# Mark Ballard: International Students Visa-That the Parliament commends the efforts of the Edinburgh University Students' Association and other student organisations in opposing the introduction by the Home Office of a 250 charge for non-EU international students to stay in the United Kingdom and notes that these charges damage the UK's status as an attractive place to study for international students and run contrary to Her Majesty's Government's policy of attracting more international students to the UK.

Supported by: Shiona Baird, Frances Curran, Mike Pringle, Ms Sandra White, Fiona Hyslop, Tommy Sheridan, Roseanna Cunningham, Chris Ballance, Patrick Harvie, Mr Rob Gibson, Eleanor Scott, Alex Neil, Donald Gorrie, Carolyn Leckie, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Mr Mark Ruskell*, Rosie Kane*, Linda Fabiani*

S2M-525# Bill Butler: Glasgow Crossrail Scheme-That the Parliament recognises the benefits of introducing the proposed Glasgow Crossrail scheme in respect of both the local and national rail network; notes that the scheme would help to provide a fast, effective rail service into the city centre; appreciates that the crossrail scheme would help to open up Glasgow Airport to the whole of Scotland in conjunction with the proposed Glasgow Airport rail link and allow improvements to Ayrshire and coastal services to be implemented along with projects in the Central Scotland Transport Corridor Studies document, including the Airdrie to Bathgate rail link; is aware of the value for money and cost efficiency of the Glasgow Crossrail proposal with the need to construct only a minimal amount of new track; acknowledges the potential of the scheme to encourage more commuters to move from car to rail transport, and believes that the Scottish Executive should progress this proposal as expeditiously as possible.

Supported by: Paul Martin, Pauline McNeill, Mr Duncan McNeil, Janis Hughes, Karen Whitefield, Scott Barrie, Cathy Peattie, Dr Sylvia Jackson, Jackie Baillie, Des McNulty, Elaine Smith, Margaret Jamieson, Trish Godman, Mike Watson, John Scott, Donald Gorrie

S2M-525.1# Patrick Harvie: Glasgow Crossrail Scheme-As an amendment to motion (S2M-525) in the name of Bill Butler, insert at end "and further believes that the crossrail scheme represents a logical alternative to the M74 Northern Extension."

*S2M-525.2# Ms Sandra White: Glasgow Crossrail Scheme-As an amendment to motion (S2M-525) in the name of Bill Butler, insert at end "and considers that the Strategic Rail Authority should meet the cost in full."

S2M-524 Mr Stewart Maxwell: Continuation of Grant for Headway Scotland-That the Parliament appreciates the valuable work done by Headway Scotland in the field of support for both brain injury victims and their families and carers; recognises the importance of the continuation of the existing grant under section 10 of the Social Work (Scotland) Act 1968 to Headway Scotland in allowing them to continue and improve the crucial role already being filled by them, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to give assurances that these services are allowed to continue, unhindered by fears over the ceasing of existing funding, by guaranteeing the continuation of this community care grant.

Supported by: Mr Adam Ingram, Michael Matheson, Donald Gorrie, Rosie Kane*, Tommy Sheridan*

S2M-517 Mr Ted Brocklebank: BBC Documentary on the Holyrood Project-That the Parliament notes with concern the ever increasing costs of the publicly-funded BBC documentary project on the building of the Scottish Parliament; recognises that a significant part of this money comes from Scottish Screen, and calls on the Scottish Executive to make approaches to Scottish Screen to ascertain whether further public funding to this project is justified, given the fact the it is now running approximately five times over budget.

Supported by: Mr David Davidson, Murdo Fraser, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Margaret Mitchell, Alex Neil, Mary Scanlon, Fergus Ewing, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Phil Gallie

S2M-516# Cathy Peattie: Asthma Care in Scotland-That the Parliament welcomes the report Life at the Crossroads - the organisation of asthma care in Scotland, published by the National Asthma Campaign and considers that all NHS boards should move quickly to implement the SIGN guidelines.

Supported by: Donald Gorrie, Rosie Kane*, Tommy Sheridan*

S2M-515 Shiona Baird: Federation of Small Businesses' Energy and Environment Toolkit-That the Parliament congratulates the Federation of Small Businesses and the Scottish Energy Efficiency Office of the Scottish Executive on the publication of Energy and Environment SME Toolkit, a very clear and comprehensive guide showing how Scottish businesses can save money whilst pursuing environmentally friendly policies within their business.

Supported by: 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, Ms Sandra White, Patrick Harvie, Donald Gorrie, Mr Kenneth Macintosh*, Rosie Kane*, Tommy Sheridan*

S2M-514# Mr Brian Monteith: Call for Public Local Inquiry into Park of Keir Planning Application-That the Parliament notes that Stirling Council has granted permission to a planning application to build a golf course and hotel at Park of Keir on greenbelt land between Dunblane and Bridge of Allan, contrary to the existing development plan, and as such the application will now go before Scottish ministers, and believes that there is sufficient public concern and confusion over the decision-making process in this particular case to warrant the holding of a public local inquiry by the Executive's Reporter so that future decisions on the merits of this application are seen to be open and transparent and so that confidence in the planning process can be restored.

Supported by: Mr Mark Ruskell, Mr Ted Brocklebank

S2M-513# Alex Neil: A80 Public Inquiry-That the Parliament believes that the Scottish Executive should delay the orders for the upgrading of the existing A80 road and instead hold a public inquiry with the remit to undertake a full-scale, comprehensive and objective assessment of the costs and benefits of both the A80 upgrade and the alternative Kelvin Valley route for a new motorway, including a comparison between the economic and environmental impacts of both options.

Supported by: Michael Matheson, Donald Gorrie

S2M-512 Tommy Sheridan: Extension of Scottish Passenger Rail Franchise-That the Parliament calls on the Scottish Executive to extend the closing date for bids for the Scottish passenger rail franchise by three months in light of the current changes in the rail industry and thus allow for a period of adjustment.

S2M-509# Nursery Nurses' Dispute Still Unresolved (lodged on 23 October 2003) Rosie Kane*

S2M-506 Support for David Amess MP's Early Day Motion on Asylum Seekers and the Right to Work (lodged on 21 October 2003) Linda Fabiani*

S2M-503 British Baker of the Year - Brownings the Bakers Kilmarnock (lodged on 16 October 2003) Linda Fabiani*

S2M-502# Fairtrade (lodged on 16 October 2003) Linda Fabiani*

S2M-501 Unauthorised GM Material in Crop Trials (lodged on 15 October 2003) Linda Fabiani*

S2M-494 Welsh Assembly Stance on GM (lodged on 10 October 2003) Linda Fabiani*

S2M-492 Gaelic Language Bill (lodged on 10 October 2003) Mike Pringle*, Marilyn Livingstone*

S2M-489 Layla Zana (lodged on 10 October 2003) Linda Fabiani*

S2M-488 United Nations International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (lodged on 9 October 2003) Linda Fabiani*

S2M-487# Renewable Energy and Wind Farm Guidance (lodged on 9 October 2003) Shiona Baird*, Mr Mark Ruskell*, Mrs Margaret Ewing*, Eleanor Scott*

S2M-452# Science and the Parliament Event 12 November 2003 (lodged on 6 October 2003) Sarah Boyack*

S2M-424# Murdo Fraser: Wind Farms-That the Parliament notes with concern the proliferation of planning applications for onshore wind farms throughout Scotland; is further concerned, whilst supporting renewable energy, about the environmental and landscape impact of wind farms and understands that these frequently face vigorous local opposition; believes that the current planning regime provides inadequate guidance to local authorities, communities and developers in relation to the siting of wind farms; considers that the Scottish Executive should bring forward as a matter of urgency new planning guidance on the siting of wind farms taking proper account of these factors, and further considers that the Executive should declare a moratorium on the determination of locally-opposed wind farm planning applications until such guidance has taken effect.

Supported by: Mr David Davidson, Mr Ted Brocklebank, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Alex Johnstone, Bill Aitken, Phil Gallie, Christine Grahame, Mary Scanlon, Mrs Nanette Milne, Linda Fabiani, Mr Brian Monteith, Mr Adam Ingram, Dr Jean Turner, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, John Swinburne

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, Alex Neil, Mr Stewart Maxwell, Stewart Stevenson, Michael Matheson, Alasdair Morgan, Mr Jim Mather, Mr Rob Gibson, Christine Grahame, Rosie Kane, Tommy Sheridan, Carolyn Leckie, Shona Robison, Mr Adam Ingram, Ms Sandra White, Dennis Canavan, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Dr Jean Turner, Mr Bruce McFee, Roseanna Cunningham, Chris Ballance, Mr Mark Ruskell, Frances Curran, Patrick Harvie, Campbell Martin, John Swinburne, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Linda Fabiani