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Business Bulletin No. 155 / 2003

Monday 17th 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-604# Linda Fabiani: South Lanarkshire Secondary Schools PPP Proposal-That the Parliament shares the concerns of parents and pupils in East Kilbride with regard to South Lanarkshire Council's public private partnership proposal for secondary schools which, if implemented, will result in 50% of secondary schools in East Kilbride being closed and school rolls amongst the highest in Scotland; notes that, as the locations of the proposed schools are all in the north of the town, this will lead to considerably longer school journey times for pupils; further notes that St Andrews School, which is earmarked for closure, currently operates at over 80% capacity and has a healthy mix of denominational and non-denominational pupils thus contributing to the Scottish Executive's stated policy of combating sectarianism, and considers that the Executive should fully investigate this situation and the concerns of parents and pupils prior to agreeing the closure of St Andrews school and giving approval to South Lanarkshire Council's secondary school provision proposal.

S2M-603 Iain Smith on behalf of the Procedures Committee: The Founding Principles of the Parliament-That the Parliament takes note of the previous Procedures Committee's 3rd Report, 2003 (Session 1), The Founding Principles of the Scottish Parliament (SP Paper 818); continues to endorse the four principles of access and participation, equal opportunities, accountability and power sharing as the guiding principles for the Parliament, and encourages all members to play a part in applying these principles throughout the range of their Parliamentary work.

Supported by: Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Murray Tosh

S2M-602# Fergus Ewing: Belford Hospital, Lochaber-That the Parliament congratulates the people of Lochaber for their massive attendance at the public meeting on Tuesday, 11 November 2003 to express their support for the future of the Belford Hospital, Fort William; notes that around 2,500 people attended the Nevis Centre, representing about one fifth of the population of Lochaber; recognises that the Belford Hospital has established a very high reputation for the standard of its work, particularly in relation to acute trauma; considers that the Belford Hospital must continue to be recognised as a medical training centre in order to retain its nine junior medical, surgical and casualty staff; believes that consultant-led services must be retained locally to ensure that high quality acute emergency services continue to be provided at the Belford Hospital; notes that the Lochaber Medical Community Option (the "Lochaber option") has the support of a substantial majority of doctors working in Lochaber, as well as the unanimous support of the Belford Hospital staff, including nurses, physiotherapists, domestic staff, porters, secretaries, radiographers, laboratory staff and midwives as well as that of the full Highland Council; believes that the "Lochaber option" has, thus far, not been properly considered nor fully evaluated; further believes that the "Lochaber option" must be included as one of the options in the formal consultation process which is to be launched by the Highland Health Board early next year, and considers that members from all political parties should express their support for the "Lochaber option" being included in the formal consultation process.

Supported by: Stewart Stevenson*, Mr David Davidson*, Jim Mather*, Carolyn Leckie*, Maureen Macmillan*, Alex Neil*

S2M-601 Donald Gorrie: Water and Sewerage Charges-That the Parliament believes that the Scottish Executive's current water and sewerage charges reduction scheme should be extended in scale, scope and time and that the gap between the Income Support Allowance for water and sewerage and the actual level of charges should be progressively closed.

S2M-600# Mike Rumbles: Laurencekirk Railway Station-That the Parliament welcomes the recent announcement made by Aberdeenshire Council and Scotrail on the possibility of reopening Laurencekirk Station; recognises the support in Laurencekirk and the north east as a whole for the station's reopening; notes the Scottish Executive's commitment to encouraging the increased use of rail transport as an alternative to the car, and encourages Aberdeenshire Council, Scotrail and the Scottish Executive to continue to make progress towards the station's reopening.

Supported by: Jeremy Purvis, Mr Jamie Stone, George Lyon, Helen Eadie, Margaret Smith, John Farquhar Munro, Mr Richard Baker, Iain Smith, Donald Gorrie

S2M-599 Karen Gillon: Bonnington and Stonebyres Power Stations-That the Parliament congratulates all those who have been involved in the Lanark hydros at Bonnington and Stonebyres Power Stations over the last 75 years; acknowledges that this was the first hydro-electric scheme in Scotland to serve the public supply, and welcomes recent investment which will see the stations continuing to deliver clean, green energy to homes and businesses in years to come.

Supported by: Mr Mark Ruskell*

S2M-598# Johann Lamont: Co-operative Group Fair Trade Coffee-That the Parliament congratulates the Co-operative Group on the launch of its fair trade coffee; notes that all Co-op brand coffee is now from fair-traded sources; recognises that no other retailer in the UK has taken this important step; acknowledges the longstanding, pioneering and courageous role of the Co-op and the Co-operative movement in promoting fair trade; applauds the decision of the Co-op to extend its fair trade range and continue to put its founding principles and values into practice, and considers that other retailers should reflect and act upon the lead taken by the Co-op. R

Supported by: Mike Pringle, Michael Matheson, Sarah Boyack, Iain Smith, Marlyn Glen*, Richard Lochhead*, Mr Mark Ruskell*, Kate Maclean*, Mr Stewart Maxwell*, Mr Richard Baker*, Shiona Baird*, Cathie Craigie*, Mr Alasdair Morrison*, Dr Elaine Murray*, Robin Harper*

S2M-597 Bruce Crawford: Compulsory National Identity Cards-That the Parliament does not support the principle of compulsory national identity cards.

Supported by: Campbell Martin, Rob Gibson, Roseanna Cunningham, Brian Adam, Tricia Marwick, Nicola Sturgeon, Mark Ballard, Rosie Kane, Carolyn Leckie, Linda Fabiani, Mr Stewart Maxwell, Christine Grahame, Richard Lochhead, Mike Rumbles, Shona Robison, Jim Mather, Chris Ballance, Stewart Stevenson, Ms Sandra White, Nora Radcliffe, Mr Adam Ingram, Dr Jean Turner, Michael Matheson, Dennis Canavan, Alex Neil, Tommy Sheridan*, Mr Mark Ruskell*

S2M-596 Shiona Baird: Fairtrade Initiative at the Parliament-That the Parliament recognises the plight of coffee-growing communities across the world, largely caused by a collapse of global coffee prices; notes that the Fairtrade contract guarantees a high, stable price to grower co-operatives in return for high standards of quality and environmental care and pays growers a social premium on top of the basic price to be used democratically for community projects; welcomes initiatives to promote Fairtrade coffee and other Fairtrade products, and encourages MSPs to attend the coffee morning organised by the Scottish Co-op in conjunction with the Fairtrade Foundation and Oxfam at the Friends Meeting House in Edinburgh on Thursday 13 November 2003 from 10.00 to 11.30 am at which a major new Fairtrade initiative will be announced.

Supported by: Mr Mark Ruskell, Mike Pringle, Michael Matheson

S2M-595# Tricia Marwick: MMR Vaccine-That the Parliament is concerned that the number of children who have been immunised against measles, mumps and rubella is too low; acknowledges that the weight of current scientific evidence does not establish a link between the MMR vaccination and autism but recognises that many parents are still concerned about the safety of the vaccine, and believes that the Scottish Executive should make the single vaccine available to those parents who request it in order to ensure that the level of immunisation against measles, mumps and rubella is maintained at a level which protects children against these dangerous diseases.

Supported by: Shona Robison, Jim Mather, Rob Gibson, Brian Adam, Murray Tosh, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Campbell Martin, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Tommy Sheridan, Rosie Kane, Linda Fabiani, Bruce Crawford, Roseanna Cunningham, Mr Andrew Welsh, Christine Grahame, Shiona Baird, Dr Jean Turner, Michael Matheson, Alex Neil, John Scott, Eleanor Scott*, Mr Mark Ruskell*

S2M-592 Carolyn Leckie: South Lanarkshire Council's School Closures-That the Parliament is concerned by the decisions taken by South Lanarkshire Council with regard to secondary school provision; believes that these decisions were based on a flawed consultation process and flawed information, including inaccurate demographic information; further believes that the council did not take full cognisance of the community's view and, indeed, misinterpreted the nature of substantial opposition; considers that the council has not proven the benefits of such large schools as planned in East Kilbride, which are much bigger than anywhere else in South Lanarkshire; is concerned that the council has not taken sufficient cognisance of the travel problems that will ensue and has left the south of East Kilbride, which has a population on the lowest incomes in East Kilbride and the greatest housing expansion, with no secondary provision whatsoever, and considers that the Minister for Education and Young People should not approve any of South Lanarkshire's proposed closures but should recommend that the council re-opens the consultation process.

S2M-585 Frances Curran: Ghost Ships-That the Parliament supports the stance taken by Hartlepool Council in refusing to allow the break-up of American ghost ships, which contain toxic chemicals, in their community; recognises that these ships contain a massive amount of asbestos, a hazard to any community, and believes that these ships are not in a good condition and should be sent back immediately and not stored in a port over the winter.

Supported by: Mr Mark Ruskell*

S2M-584# Jeremy Purvis: Maternity Services in the Scottish Borders-That the Parliament notes the establishment of the Short Life Expert Group on Acute Maternity Services (EGAMS); is aware of the context of falling birth rates in the regions of Scotland against which EGAMS was established; congratulates all staff who provide maternity services within NHS Borders on their work, and believes that the Scottish Executive should ensure that consultant-led maternity services at Borders General Hospital are retained.

S2M-583 Mr Brian Monteith: Parentline Scotland-That the Parliament commends the excellent work of the volunteers and staff of Parentline Scotland; congratulates them on dealing with over 40,000 calls since inception in 1999; recognises the value of the advice that they give, and wishes them every success as they enter their fifth year in operation.

S2M-582# Mike Pringle: Scottish Natural Heritage Vote Against Relocation-That the Parliament notes that 70% of the staff balloted by the Public and Commercial Services Union at Scottish Natural Heritage's (SNH) headquarters in Edinburgh expressed their opposition to the forced relocation to Inverness and will not transfer when their jobs move; notes that the remaining 30% will only move with improved and enhanced conditions; further notes that this lack of staff support will impose a serious threat to the long-term effectiveness and efficiency of SNH to carry out its core function of protecting Scotland's natural heritage, and considers that the Scottish Executive should stop this move before it brings the Executive's worthwhile relocation policy further into disrepute.

Supported by: Jeremy Purvis, Sarah Boyack, Robin Harper, Carolyn Leckie, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Dr Jean Turner, Margo MacDonald, Margaret Smith*, Susan Deacon*

S2M-581 Mike Pringle: Chemistry Week 2003-That the Parliament supports Chemistry Week from 7 to 16 November 2003 organised by the Royal Society of Chemistry; congratulates the School of Chemistry at the University of Edinburgh's King's Buildings for its contribution to the week, particularly in organising the Edinburgh and Lothians Primary School Crystal Growing Competition and Public Lecture; encourages all MSPs to attend the "Science and the Parliament" event on Wednesday 12 November 2003 in the Signet Library, and recognises the significant role that science plays in all aspects of society.

Supported by: Margaret Jamieson, Mike Rumbles, Eleanor Scott, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Brian Adam, Robert Brown, Dr Elaine Murray, Mr Stewart Maxwell, Robin Harper, Jackie Baillie, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Alex Neil, Dr Jean Turner

S2M-580 Mr Mark Ruskell: European Network of GMO-Free Regions-That the Parliament applauds the 10 European regions of Aquitaine, the Basque Country, Limousin, Marche, Salzburg, Schleswig-Holstein, Thrace-Rodopi, Tuscany, Upper Austria and Wales whose agriculture ministers have signed a document asserting the right of regions to forbid genetically modified organisms (GMOs) within their territories, in order to establish a 'network of GMO-free regions'.

Supported by: Mark Ballard, Eleanor Scott, Patrick Harvie, Shiona Baird, Robin Harper, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Frances Curran, Rosie Kane, Carolyn Leckie, Jim Mather, Chris Ballance, Dr Jean Turner, Rob Gibson

S2M-579 Eleanor Scott: Highlands as a GM-Free Zone-That the Parliament applauds the Highland Council's Land and Environment Select Committee for its decision on 6 November to recommend the establishment of the Highlands as a Genetically Modified Free Zone and encourages other local authorities to follow suit.

Supported by: Rob Gibson, Mark Ballard, Frances Curran, Robin Harper, Mr Mark Ruskell, Shiona Baird, Patrick Harvie, Mr Stewart Maxwell, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Rosie Kane, Carolyn Leckie, Roseanna Cunningham, Chris Ballance, Dr Jean Turner

S2M-578# Trish Godman: Unity Enterprise Glasgow Airport-That the Parliament commends Unity Enterprise, a registered charity, which provides education, training, work experience and other assistance to young people and adults who have disabilities and disadvantages of one kind or another; notes in particular the helpful and practical assistance given by a group of such young people and adults to passengers at Glasgow Airport, especially the help shown to those individuals who have to use wheelchairs, in relation to shopping requirements, visits to cafes and toilets and the company offered to passengers in allocated areas; believes that this is both a comfort to travellers and offers a useful introduction to the workplace for those who are themselves disadvantaged, and therefore considers that the Scottish Executive and other appropriate agencies should do what they can in order to extend similar services to other airports, bus terminals and railway stations.

Supported by: Alex Neil, Bill Butler, Margaret Jamieson, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Scott Barrie, Karen Gillon, Mr Alasdair Morrison, Ms Wendy Alexander, Robin Harper, Cathie Craigie, Jackie Baillie, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Helen Eadie, Ms Sandra White, Dr Jean Turner

S2M-577 Robin Harper: Working Together for a Sustainable Scotland-That the Parliament commends the Centre for Scottish Public Policy for its recent report and discussion paper Working Together for a Sustainable Scotland; recognises the need to improve both the Scottish Executive's and the Parliament's handling of sustainable development; calls on the Executive to produce a comprehensive sustainable development strategy and to create a sustainable development unit within the First Minister's office; considers that a sustainable development committee of the Parliament should be established to monitor progress and audit the impact of policies, legislation and processes upon sustainable development, and calls upon the Executive to apply strategic environmental assessment to Scottish Enterprise and local enterprise networks as an early priority.

Supported by: Eleanor Scott

S2M-575 Aung San Sui Kyi (lodged on 7 November 2003) Ms Sandra White*, Mr Mark Ruskell*

S2M-571 Visit of George W Bush (lodged on 7 November 2003) Ms Sandra White*, Patrick Harvie*

S2M-569# Economic Potential of the Renewable Energy Industry (lodged on 6 November 2003) Ms Sandra White*

S2M-565# From Oxgangs to Africa Housing Initiative (lodged on 5 November 2003) Ms Sandra White*, Mr Mark Ruskell*

S2M-563# Sustainable Development in Education (lodged on 5 November 2003) Mark Ballard*, Susan Deacon*, Mr Mark Ruskell*

*S2M-543 Ms Margaret Curran: UK Legislation - Planning and Compulsory Purchase Bill-That the Parliament endorses the principle of including in the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Bill provisions to remove Crown immunity from planning controls for development and agrees that the relevant provisions to achieve this end should be considered by the UK Parliament.

Supported by: Mrs Mary Mulligan

*S2M-511# Ms Sandra White: Review of Maternity Services in Glasgow-That the Parliament notes the decision of Greater Glasgow Health Board to endorse the recommendations of the maternity working group to close the Queen Mother's Hospital and transfer services to the Southern General Hospital; further notes the concerns of the public and hospital health professionals at the closure of the Queen Mother's Hospital and subsequently services at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children and the adverse effect that this will have on maternity and children's services throughout Scotland, and considers that the Minister for Health and Community Care, Malcolm Chisholm, should launch an immediate investigation into the maternity services review by Greater Glasgow Health Board.

Supported by: Christine Grahame, Michael Matheson, Mr Adam Ingram, Nicola Sturgeon, Linda Fabiani, Alex Neil, Shona Robison, Mr Bruce McFee, Bruce Crawford, Patrick Harvie, Carolyn Leckie

*S2M-502# Sarah Boyack: Fairtrade-That the Parliament warmly welcomes moves by the City of Edinburgh Council to endorse the Fairtrade Towns Initiative supported by organisations including Oxfam, the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development, Traidcraft and the World Development Movement; pays tribute to the Fairtrade Foundation that exists to ensure a better deal for marginalised and disadvantaged producers in developing countries and to ensure that products marked with the Fairtrade logo meet internationally recognised standards of Fairtrade, and acknowledges the commitment of local authorities, churches, schools and universities across Scotland that are working towards achieving the Fairtrade mark. 

Supported by: Mark Ballard, Maureen Macmillan, Donald Gorrie, Cathie Craigie, Mr Alasdair Morrison, Dr Elaine Murray, Robert Brown, Nora Radcliffe, Christine May, Marlyn Glen, Mr Jamie Stone, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Elaine Smith, Karen Gillon, Michael McMahon, Helen Eadie, Jackie Baillie, Rosie Kane, Dr Sylvia Jackson, Ms Sandra White, Susan Deacon, Christine Grahame, Irene Oldfather, Bristow Muldoon, Trish Godman, Murray Tosh, Mike Pringle, Cathy Peattie, Iain Smith, Linda Fabiani, Pauline McNeill, Scott Barrie

S2M-417# Royal Mail Withdrawal from Use of Rail (lodged on 26 September 2003) Mr Bruce McFee*

*S2M-224 Mr Andy Kerr: Vulnerable Witnesses (Scotland) Bill - Financial Resolution-That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Parliament resulting from the Vulnerable Witnesses (Scotland) Bill, agrees to any increase, in consequence of the Act, in expenditure charged on, or payable out of, the Scottish Consolidated Fund.

*S2M-193 Cathy Jamieson: Vulnerable Witnesses (Scotland) Bill - Stage 1-That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Vulnerable Witnesses (Scotland) Bill.

Supported by: Peter Peacock, Hugh Henry