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Business Bulletin No. 161 / 2003

Tuesday 25th 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-648# Eleanor Scott: European Chemicals Regulation-That the Parliament applauds WWF Scotland's chemicals campaign; notes with serious concern mounting evidence that suggests that hormone-disrupting chemicals and chemicals that persist and bioaccumulate in humans and wildlife are linked to a range of adverse physiological and mental effects, including effects on reproduction, cancers, genital deformities and neurological and developmental problems; considers that exposure to such chemicals in the environment must be reduced to protect human health and the environment; notes the importance of the Parliament reaching a view on the proposed new European Union (EU) chemicals legislation known as REACH, carrying out an inquiry into the matter and making its view known to the UK Parliament and the EU, and in the meantime considers that the EU and UKRep should support the strongest possible controls on endocrine-disrupting chemicals and the phasing out of hazardous and potentially harmful chemicals in favour of safer alternatives where they are available.

*S2M-647# Richard Lochhead: Access to Children's Therapy Services in North East Scotland-That the Parliament notes with great concern the problems facing children with special needs in Aberdeenshire and elsewhere with regard to accessing vital physiotherapy, speech and language therapy, occupational therapy and orthotics; further notes the difficulties of recruiting speech and language therapists in the north east of Scotland and that the speech and language therapy training courses are located in the central belt and are oversubscribed; further notes that those staff currently in place do a tremendous job given the strain that they are being placed under, and considers that the Scottish Executive should (a) make greater funding available for these courses, (b) promote the location of a speech and language therapy training course in the north east, (c) provide funding for training and employment of additional orthotic staff and technicians in the north east and (d) provide additional funding to NHS Grampian and Aberdeenshire Council to allow short-term solutions to be quickly implemented to improve the immediate situation.

Supported by: Richard Baker*

*S2M-646 Robin Harper: Holyrood Centenary-That the Parliament commends Paul Hutcheon and the staff of Holyrood magazine for the excellent publication that they have provided to MSPs and their staff over the last four years; welcomes their commitment to lively and even-handed coverage of the Parliament; recognises the magazine's contribution to increasing the understanding of the Parliament, and sends them hearty congratulations on their 100th issue. R

*S2M-644 Donald Gorrie: Muslim Festival of Eid-Ul-Fitr-That the Parliament sends warm greetings to Muslims across Scotland and around the world as they celebrate the Festival of Eid-Ul-Fitr; joins them in honouring the promise of harmony, peace, health and prosperity enshrined in Eid-Ul-Fitr; looks forward to religious diversity and freedom in all countries, and recognises the contribution of Muslim Scots to Scottish life and culture.

S2M-642# Social Work Review (lodged on 20 November 2003) Margo MacDonald*

S2M-641 Female Genital Mutilation and Asylum Seekers (lodged on 20 November 2003) Elaine Smith*, Rob Gibson*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Eleanor Scott*

S2M-640 Boycott (lodged on 20 November 2003) Mark Ballard*

S2M-631# Closure of Post Offices in Glasgow (lodged on 19 November 2003) Ms Rosemary Byrne*

S2M-626 State Visit to Britain by the President of the United States of America (lodged on 18 November 2003) Margo MacDonald*

S2M-611 Threat to Teachers' Pensions (lodged on 17 November 2003) Margo MacDonald*

S2M-565# From Oxgangs to Africa Housing Initiative (lodged on 5 November 2003) David McLetchie*

S2M-564# World AIDS Day 2003 (lodged on 5 November 2003) Margo MacDonald*

S2M-553# European Parliament Seat Numbers (lodged on 4 November 2003) Margo MacDonald*