Business Bulletin No. 163 / 2003
Thursday 27th 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-674# Cathy Peattie: 7:84 Theatre Company-That the Parliament congratulates the 7:84 Theatre Company (Scotland) on the many ground-breaking achievements in the first 30 years of its operation; commends its philosophy of bringing touring productions and participatory outreach work to areas of geographic and social isolation; notes, however, that the company will struggle to survive if it loses its Scottish Arts Council funding from March 2005, and believes that the Scottish Executive should investigate the situation affecting 7:84 and other similar theatre companies.
*S2M-673 Frances Curran: Saving 7:84-That the Parliament recognises the great contribution that 7:84 Theatre Company (Scotland) has made to the cultural and political life of Scotland over many years; notes that a previous attempt was made to close the company under the Tory government and finds it deeply ironic that the company faces closure under a Labour government, and calls on the Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport to intervene to ensure that the Scottish Arts Council has sufficient funds to continue funding the theatre and that all Scotland's theatre and music companies can continue to deliver stimulating and high standards of work.
Supported by: Tommy Sheridan*, Colin Fox*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Rosie Kane*, Carolyn Leckie*
*S2M-672 Ross Finnie: The Draft Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2003-That the Environment and Rural Development Committee recommends that the draft Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2003 be approved.
Supported by: Allan Wilson*
*S2M-671 Ross Finnie: The Draft Water Environment and Water Services (Scotland) Act 2003 (Designation of Scotland River Basin District) Order 2003-That the Environment and Rural Development Committee recommends that the draft Water Environment and Water Services (Scotland) Act 2003 (Designation of Scotland River Basin District) Order 2003 be approved.
Supported by: Allan Wilson*
*S2M-670 Malcolm Chisholm: The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.11) (Scotland) Order 2003 (SSI 2003/561)-That the Health Committee recommends that the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.11) (Scotland) Order 2003 (SSI 2003/561) be approved.
Supported by: Mr Tom McCabe*
*S2M-669 John Swinburne: Help the Aged SeniorLine-That the Parliament notes with concern that Help the Aged has decided to close their office in Scotland which runs SeniorLine, the free telephone advice service for older people, in December; recognises that experienced trained welfare rights advisers have answered thousands of queries from people in Scotland, particularly following the very effective campaign with the Daily Record to promote the uptake of the new pension credit; is concerned that if future calls from Scotland are answered by advisers in the London office with no experience or training in Scots law and unaware of policy differences between Scotland and the rest of the UK, such as free personal care, the recent positive developments to remove the barriers to the take-up of entitlements by senior citizens in Scotland will be damaged and undermined, and therefore calls upon the Scottish Executive to make representations to Her Majesty's Government to ensure the future security of Help the Aged, a partner organisation in the take-up campaign, and particularly to reconsider the closure of the Scottish office of SeniorLine.
*S2M-668 Frances Curran: Bhopal Anniversary-That the Parliament notes the 19th anniversary of the disaster at Bhopal; calls on the Dow Chemical Company to ensure that its 100%-owned subsidiary Union Carbide, along with ex-chairman Warren Anderson, end their 11-year absence from criminal proceedings in Bhopal and face trial; calls on Dow to assume responsibility for the long-term effects of Union Carbide's gases and provide long-term health care for the victims and those as yet unborn who may be affected; further calls on Dow to clean up Union Carbide's heavily-contaminated factory site in Bhopal and provide safe drinking water for communities whose wells have been poisoned by chemicals leaking from the factory, and further calls on Dow to provide economic and social support to people who have been incapacitated by their injuries and families who have become destitute as a result of losing their breadwinner.
*S2M-667# Kate Maclean: Photodynamic Therapy for the Treatment of Wet Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)-That the Parliament notes the recent decision by NHS Quality Improvement Scotland on the use of photodynamic therapy for the treatment of wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and acknowledges that photodynamic therapy is the only effective treatment for wet AMD, the most aggressive form of the disease and the leading cause of blindness in the UK, with around 650 new patients diagnosed with wet AMD in Scotland every year; is deeply concerned that funding has not been made available for clinicians to treat on the NHS those patients who urgently require the therapy, and endorses the demand by the Royal National Institute of the Blind Scotland and the Macular Disease Society that the Scottish Executive ensures that funding is immediately provided by all NHS boards, thereby saving the sight of those who could benefit from the therapy.
*S2M-666 Mr Jamie McGrigor: Highlands Tourism-That the Parliament congratulates the Highland tourism group Highlands Loch Ness on the initiative and enterprise shown in chartering the vessel Lord of the Glens and sailing it from Buckie to Custom House Quay in London's docklands where it stood out as a shining beacon at the World Travel Market Exposition and was a focal point for those advertising the style and excellence of Highland tourism.
Supported by: Murdo Fraser*
*S2M-665 Patrick Harvie: Use of Sewel Motions-That the Parliament notes the Scottish Executive's use of the convention known as the Sewel motion; recognises that there are occasional circumstances where the use of Sewel motions is an appropriate legislative route; believes that such motions should not be used for specifically political reasons and that an action of this nature would undermine the authority of the Parliament; further believes that it is possible for a process to be developed by which the Scottish Parliament can fully scrutinise a bill that is in passage at Westminster, and considers that this process would require a committee of the Scottish Parliament to consider the UK bill with sufficient time to take evidence and report, the Scottish Parliament to debate the committee's report and agree recommendations for amendments to those parts of the bill that relate to Scotland, such recommendations to be submitted to the UK Parliament with sufficient time for their incorporation into the bill and a second Sewel motion to be considered by the Scottish Parliament to approve this bill as amended, before the bill is approved by the UK Parliament.
*S2M-664 Donald Gorrie: 7:84 Theatre Company-That the Parliament recognises the valuable cultural work of the 7:84 Theatre Company (Scotland) and its positive innovative role in the social inclusion agenda; deeply regrets the decision of the Scottish Arts Council to change the funding structure for 7:84, and calls for the reinstatement of the three years core funding package for the theatre in order that it can have the security to continue with its work.
*S2M-663 Donald Gorrie: Greater Glasgow NHS Board: Race Equality and Cultural Competency-That the Parliament welcomes the publication of Greater Glasgow NHS Board's race equality development programme; recognises the positive contribution that the implementation of the programme will make to the health of ethnic and cultural minorities in the Greater Glasgow area; congratulates the multicultural health development team on the work that it has done in developing the programme, and calls for the development of similar programmes across the entire NHS in Scotland.
*S2M-662 Mike Watson: Rugby World Cup-That the Parliament congratulates the England team on its victory over Australia in the final of the Rugby World Cup; notes that its success was the result of four years of dedication and preparation based on a strong club structure, which contains valuable lessons for the Scottish Rugby Union; trusts that England will use its term as world champions to help develop the game further throughout the world, and hopes that, before defending its title in 2007, it might commission a National Anthem of its own.
*S2M-661.1 Mr David Davidson: Physical Activity: The Need for Improvement and the Cost of Failure-As an amendment to motion (S2M-661) in the name of Mr Tom McCabe, leave out from "welcomes" to end and insert "notes the Executive's plans to emphasise walking as one of the means to increase levels of physical activity; encourages people to take more responsibility for their own health and that of their family; calls for more access to organised sport in schools and the community, and further calls on the Executive to provide more support for the voluntary sector, which provides a huge variety of sporting opportunities for children and adults alike".
*S2M-661.2 Shona Robison: Physical Activity: The Need for Improvement and the Cost of Failure-As an amendment to motion (S2M-661) in the name of Mr Tom McCabe, insert after first "physical activity in Scotland" "; recognises that the physical activity levels amongst children and adults would be enhanced by improved provision and access to community sports facilities".
*S2M-660.1 Miss Annabel Goldie: Violence Against Women-As an amendment to motion (S2M-660) in the name of Ms Margaret Curran, insert at end "but notes with grave concern the escalating pattern of repeat victimisation highlighting the fact that more and more victims are trapped in abusive situations."
*S2M-660.2 Nicola Sturgeon: Violence Against Women-As an amendment to motion (S2M-660) in the name of Ms Margaret Curran, leave out from "approves" to end and insert "deplores the fact that while over 36,000 women reported a domestic abuse incident to the police in the last 12 months, over half of the incidents did not lead to the recording of a crime or offence and only 66% of those recorded were referred to the procurator fiscal; is appalled at recent research which shows that Scotland has a prosecution rate of 10% and a conviction rate of 6% following rape allegations, the second poorest conviction rate in Europe; welcomes the "prevention, protection, provision" theme of the National Strategy to Address Domestic Abuse in Scotland and work done to date, but believes that the Scottish Executive must consider what action could reasonably be taken to improve dramatically prosecution and conviction rates for rape and other cases of violence against women."
*S2M-660.3 Shiona Baird: Violence Against Women-As an amendment to motion (S2M-660) in the name of Ms Margaret Curran, insert at end "but urges the Scottish Executive to consider making an equally strong commitment to tackle rape and sexual abuse."
S2M-658# Impact of Globalisation on Jobs in the Scottish Finance Sector (lodged on 25 November 2003) Robert Brown*
*S2M-656 John Farquhar Munro: Cairngorm National Park Pàirc Nàiseanta a' Chàirn Ghuirm-That the Parliament, while welcoming the designation of the Cairngorm National Park, expresses concern that the provisional Gaelic name being given to the park is Pàirc Nàiseanta a' Mhonaidh Ruaidh which translates as the Red Mountain National Park; believes that this name is inaccurate and misleading as the national park will contain both the Monadh Ruadh and the Monadh Liath mountain ranges (Red and *Grey* mountains), and, in order to avoid confusion, considers that the park's name should be the same in both English and Gaelic, that is Cairngorm National Park and Pàirc Nàiseanta a' Chàirn Ghuirm.
The member has provided the following Gaelic translation:
Gu bheil a' Phàrlamaid a' cur fàilte air sònrachadh "Cairngorm National Park", ach gu bheil i a' nochdadh iomagain gu bheilear a' cleachdadh Pàirc Nàiseanta a' Mhonaidh Ruaidh mar ainm sealach, a dh' eadar-theangaicheas dhan Bheurla mar the Red Mountain National Park; agus gu bheil i den bheachd gu bheil seo ceàrr agus seachranach a chionn 's gum bi a' Phàirc Nàiseanta a' gabhail a-steach an dà chuid sreath beantainn a' Mhonaidh Ruaidh agus sreath beantainn a' Mhonaidh Liath; agus gu bheil i den bheachd, gus mì-thuigsinn a sheachnadh, nach bu chòir ach aon ainm a bhith air a' Phàirc leis an aon chiall litireil anns a' Bheurla agus anns a' Ghàidhlig: sin Cairngorm National Park agus Pàirc Nàiseanta a' Chàirn Ghuirm.
S2M-655# Drug Assisted Rape (lodged on 25 November 2003) Ms Sandra White*, Elaine Smith*, Bill Butler*, Scott Barrie*, Margaret Jamieson*, Patrick Harvie*, Helen Eadie*, Tricia Marwick*, Brian Adam*, Stewart Stevenson*, Robin Harper*, Michael Matheson*, Frances Curran*, Mr Jamie Stone*, Mike Pringle*, Kate Maclean*, Chris Ballance*, Mike Watson*, Maureen Macmillan*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Marlyn Glen*, Shiona Baird*, Johann Lamont*, Christine May*
S2M-649# Scots Regiments (lodged on 25 November 2003) Mrs Nanette Milne*, Murdo Fraser*
S2M-647# Access to Children's Therapy Services in North East Scotland (lodged on 24 November 2003) Michael Matheson*
S2M-646 Holyrood Centenary (lodged on 24 November 2003) Mr Jamie Stone*, Mr David Davidson*, Mary Scanlon*, Margaret Mitchell*, Mr Mark Ruskell*, Mr Brian Monteith*
S2M-645 Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (lodged on 21 November 2003) Mr Adam Ingram*, Michael Matheson*
S2M-644 Muslim Festival of Eid-Ul-Fitr (lodged on 24 November 2003) Michael Matheson*
S2M-643 Official Opening of RECAP Recycling Project in Cumbernauld (lodged on 21 November 2003) Michael Matheson*
S2M-642# Social Work Review (lodged on 20 November 2003) Mr Adam Ingram*, Michael Matheson*
S2M-641 Female Genital Mutilation and Asylum Seekers (lodged on 20 November 2003) John Farquhar Munro*
S2M-640 Boycott (lodged on 20 November 2003) Mr Adam Ingram*
S2M-639# Scottish Widows and Lloyds TSB (lodged on 20 November 2003) Mr Adam Ingram*, Michael Matheson*, Robert Brown*
S2M-638# Road Safety (lodged on 20 November 2003) Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Susan Deacon*
S2M-637# Ministerial Boycott of World Peace Debate (lodged on 20 November 2003) Mr Adam Ingram*
S2M-636# Pensions (lodged on 20 November 2003) Mr Adam Ingram*
S2M-635# Transfer of Reserved Powers (lodged on 20 November 2003) Mr Adam Ingram*
S2M-634# Breeding of Animals (lodged on 20 November 2003) Mr Adam Ingram*
S2M-633# Non-numeric Fingerprinting (lodged on 20 November 2003) Mr Adam Ingram*
S2M-632# North and West Scotland Care Alliance (lodged on 19 November 2003) John Farquhar Munro*
S2M-631# Closure of Post Offices in Glasgow (lodged on 19 November 2003) Mr Adam Ingram*
S2M-629# Medical Services in the West Highlands (lodged on 19 November 2003) John Farquhar Munro*
S2M-628 Small Business, Energy and the Environment (lodged on 18 November 2003) Dr Sylvia Jackson*, Mrs Margaret Ewing*, Mike Pringle*
S2M-626 State Visit to Britain by the President of the United States of America (lodged on 18 November 2003) Mr Adam Ingram*
S2M-619 St. Andrew's Week Celebrations (lodged on 18 November 2003) Murdo Fraser*
S2M-615# 20 mph Speed Zones Around Schools (lodged on 18 November 2003) Mike Watson*, Mr Adam Ingram*, John Farquhar Munro*
S2M-610 People, Pensions and Post Offices (lodged on 17 November 2003) Robert Brown*
S2M-602# Belford Hospital, Lochaber (lodged on 13 November 2003) Mr Ted Brocklebank*
S2M-601 Water and Sewerage Charges (lodged on 13 November 2003) Robert Brown*
S2M-598# Co-operative Group Fair Trade Coffee (lodged on 12 November 2003) Ms Rosemary Byrne*
S2M-564# World AIDS Day 2003 (lodged on 5 November 2003) John Farquhar Munro*
S2M-555# MS Standards of Care (lodged on 4 November 2003) Eleanor Scott*