Business Bulletin No. 167 / 2003
Thursday 4th December
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-705 Rob Gibson: Counterdrift Index-That the Parliament notes the continued loss of population from rural and island areas and its harmful effects on many communities; calls upon the Scottish Executive to create a "Counterdrift Index" that sets out the details of its achievements in tackling this issue, and considers that the index, published quarterly, should flag up all relevant indicators including the number of affordable houses built and public jobs dispersed to areas of depopulation, the amount of land transferred for community use from both public and private sectors, the number of modern apprenticeships turned into permanent sustainable jobs and incentives delivered for tradespeople to work in the affected areas.
*S2M-704 Jackie Baillie: End to Energy Disconnections for Debt-That the Parliament notes with concern the continuing increase in the level of disconnection from energy supply due to debt in Scotland, 735 for the first nine months of 2003 compared to 40 in total for 2001; is concerned that with expected price rises this problem will be exacerbated; recognises that disconnection is the most extreme form of fuel poverty and that its continuation compromises the Scottish Executive's and Her Majesty's Government's aim to end fuel poverty; believes that this is unacceptable and supports Energywatch's call to end disconnections for debt, and congratulates Mark Lazarowicz MP for seeking to end this archaic practice through the forthcoming Energy Bill, providing legal protection for the most vulnerable in society.
*S2M-703 Murdo Fraser: Schools Junior Debating Competition-That the Parliament congratulates The Courier and the Chartered Institute of Bankers in Scotland for their sponsorship of the Schools Junior Debating Competition; recognises the value of the competition in encouraging debate and engagement on the issues of the day amongst participants as a part of their educational experience; thanks the many schools throughout Scotland participating in the competition for giving the opportunity to their pupils, and wishes each team success.
*S2M-702# Mr Brian Monteith: Closure of Holy Trinity Episcopal Primary School-That the Parliament regrets the decision of Stirling Council's ruling Labour administration to close Holy Trinity Episcopal Primary School in the top of the town area of the city; notes that the council has failed to listen to the wishes of parents, the local community and those involved in the school as recorded in its report on its own consultation exercise; believes that Stirling Council has therefore failed to make an adequate case for the closure of the school, and further believes that the Scottish Executive should use its powers over the closure of denominational schools to ask the council to find a way to keep the school open.
Supported by: Murdo Fraser*, Mr Ted Brocklebank*
*S2M-701# Frances Curran: Coca Cola Sponsorship of UK Charts-That the Parliament notes with grave concern that Coca Cola has signed a sponsorship deal with the official UK charts company that will lead to the BBC mentioning the sponsor in every "Top of the Pops" and Radio 1 "Chart Show" broadcast; further notes that this product placement will effectively promote and advertise the drink to the millions of young people who watch and listen to these shows and that this is happening despite a voluntary undertaking from Coca Cola to cease targeting its products at under-12s; believes that the BBC has seriously breached its public broadcasting duties by agreeing to the terms of the sponsorship agreement and that voluntary regulation by the fast food manufacturers has patently failed, and considers that the Scottish Executive should introduce statutory regulation to curb the influence of advertising in promoting unhealthy diets to our children.
Supported by: Colin Fox*, Carolyn Leckie*, Tommy Sheridan*, Dr Jean Turner*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Eleanor Scott*, Shiona Baird*
*S2M-700# Mr Brian Monteith: Roads Maintenance in Stirling District-That the Parliament welcomes the research submitted in November 2003 by the AA Motoring Trust to the Parliament's Local Government and Transport Committee on roads maintenance expenditure in Scotland; notes from the research that Stirling Council spent a total of £5.1 million less on its local roads network in the period from 2001 to 2003 than it received in central government grant, in contrast to the majority of Scottish councils who spent more than they received; further notes that the council's own scrutiny group published research in February 2003 showing that £9.8 million would have been invested in local roads had the local authority and its predecessor Central Region spent their full allocation from central government over the previous six years; acknowledges that Stirling's current Labour administration has consistently rejected alternative budget proposals to spend more on roads, and believes that Stirling Council should acknowledge the extent of the problem and recognise that it needs a fundamental change in policy on this matter.
*S2M-699 Cathy Jamieson: Vulnerable Witnesses (Scotland) Bill-That the Parliament agrees that the Vulnerable Witnesses (Scotland) Bill be passed.
Supported by: Peter Peacock*, Hugh Henry*
*S2M-698 Malcolm Chisholm: Primary Medical Services (Scotland) Bill-That the Parliament agrees that the Primary Medical Services (Scotland) Bill be passed.
Supported by: Mr Tom McCabe*
*S2M-697.1 Tommy Sheridan: Financial Powers of the Parliament-As an amendment to motion (S2M-697) in the name of Mr John Swinney, leave out from "making" to end and insert "acquiring additional powers to tax as well as spend would allow the Parliament to make the Scottish taxation structure much more progressive, begin the process of tackling the inequalities of wealth in Scotland and ending poverty; recognises, however, that fiscal autonomy alone would not overcome the serious distortions of the Scottish economy caused by our being part of the United Kingdom and will not allow the Parliament to stop the profligate expenditure of the UK government on immoral and illegal wars against the wishes of its people, nor the ongoing expenditure on weapons of mass destruction as typified by nuclear weapons at Faslane, and that it would still have insufficient fiscal powers to broaden its tax base and invigorate its economy and culture by adopting a policy of welcoming to Scotland the asylum seekers and other immigrants whom it requires, and further agrees that only an independent Scotland will give the Parliament the powers to tackle these economic and social issues."
*S2M-697.2 David McLetchie: Financial Powers of the Parliament-As an amendment to motion (S2M-697) in the name of Mr John Swinney, leave out from "recognises" to end and insert "notes that it will only regain the confidence of the people of Scotland if it addresses the issues of most concern to them and that we must therefore concentrate on improving our public services, strengthening our economy and tackling crime; recognises nevertheless that the relative responsibilities of the Parliament and Westminster, including the financial relationship, should be the subject of review in light of experience; calls for such a review to be conducted within the context of making the devolved settlement work better and thereby strengthening the United Kingdom, and believes that the most appropriate mechanism for such a review would be a Royal Commission or similar independent inquiry appointed by the UK government."
*S2M-697.3 Mr Andy Kerr: Financial Powers of the Parliament-As an amendment to motion (S2M-697) in the name of Mr John Swinney, leave out from second "that" to end and insert, "the significant benefit that Scotland gains from being part of the United Kingdom and notes that public expenditure in Scotland is at record levels and that this is helping to deliver the commitments in the Partnership Agreement to "growing Scotland's economy; delivering excellent public services, supporting stronger, safer communities and developing a confident, democratic Scotland"."
Supported by: Tavish Scott*
S2M-696 Sodexho Contract; Solidarity with Public Sector Workers in British Columbia (lodged on 2 December 2003) Frances Curran*, Tommy Sheridan*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Colin Fox*
*S2M-695.1 Alex Johnstone: Protecting Bathing Water Quality-As an amendment to motion (S2M-695) in the name of Allan Wilson, leave out from "commends" to end and insert "notes the continuing improvement in bathing water quality in Scotland but believes that further progress is now dependent on addressing the limitations of Scottish Water and the planning system."
*S2M-695.2 Ms Rosemary Byrne: Protecting Bathing Water Quality-As an amendment to motion (S2M-695) in the name of Allan Wilson, leave out from "commends" to end and insert "recognises the dearth of designated bathing beaches in Scotland in comparison with our European neighbours; notes the continuing lack of powers of the Scottish Environment Protection Agency to impose substantial fines on polluters; notes the detrimental effect that poor bathing water quality has on the Scottish tourist industry, and calls on the Scottish Executive to implement a water protection strategy that covers all aspects of water pollution including chemical and radioactive pollution."
*S2M-695.3 Roseanna Cunningham: Protecting Bathing Water Quality-As an amendment to motion (S2M-695) in the name of Allan Wilson, leave out from "welcomes" to end and insert "but believes that this is only one component in a larger concern about the marine environment that must be addressed urgently if the commitment to improving Scotland's natural environment overall is to be realised."
*S2M-695.4 Mr Mark Ruskell: Protecting Bathing Water Quality-As an amendment to motion (S2M-695) in the name of Allan Wilson, leave out from "commends" to end and insert "notes that while 2003 represents a record year for compliance with the Bathing Water Directive, some of Scotland's best bathing locations still fail to meet minimum standards; notes that compliance with the higher standards required by a revised European Directive will place further demands upon Scottish Water, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency and other bodies with responsibilities for water quality; further notes that other legislation also impacts on Scotland's bathing water quality, and urges the Scottish Executive to be mindful of these considerations and of the importance of integrated coastal zone management when it consults on the best strategy for protecting and enhancing Scotland's coastline."
S2M-694 European Parliament Seat Numbers (lodged on 2 December 2003) Mrs Margaret Ewing*
*S2M-694.1 Tavish Scott: European Parliament Seat Numbers-As an amendment to motion (S2M-694) in the name of Nicola Sturgeon, leave out from "supports" to end and insert "welcomes the accession of the 10 new member states of the European Union on 1 May 2004; notes that the elections to the European Parliament are a reserved matter; recognises that all 15 existing member states have agreed to reduce their quota of MEPs to enable the new member states to be represented on an equitable basis; notes the consequent reduction of United Kingdom seats in the European Parliament from 87 to 78, and considers that this is appropriate given the enlargement of the European Union."
Supported by: Mr Andy Kerr*
S2M-693 Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service (lodged on 2 December 2003) Carolyn Leckie*, Ms Sandra White*, Frances Curran*, Alex Neil*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Mr Mark Ruskell*, Colin Fox*, Dr Jean Turner*, Margaret Jamieson*, Mr Stewart Maxwell*, Kate Maclean*, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton*
S2M-691 Nursery Nurses on Strike at Christmas (lodged on 2 December 2003) Frances Curran*, Tommy Sheridan*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Colin Fox*, Dr Jean Turner*
S2M-690 Fife Domestic Abuse Forum (lodged on 2 December 2003) Tricia Marwick*
S2M-689# Safe Drive - Stay Alive Roadshow (lodged on 2 December 2003) Tricia Marwick*
S2M-683# Outdoor Education (lodged on 1 December 2003) Shiona Baird*, Patrick Harvie*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Alex Neil*, Tommy Sheridan*, Mr Mark Ruskell*, Dr Jean Turner*
S2M-681# Apology Demanded for Poll Tax (lodged on 1 December 2003) Brian Adam*
S2M-681.1# Apology Demanded for Poll Tax (lodged on 2 December 2003) Frances Curran*
S2M-680 M74 Public Local Inquiry (lodged on 1 December 2003) Tommy Sheridan*, Mr Mark Ruskell*, Dr Jean Turner*
S2M-679 Fairtrade Universities (lodged on 27 November 2003) Johann Lamont*, Dr Sylvia Jackson*, Ms Wendy Alexander*, Mike Rumbles*, Margaret Jamieson*, Karen Gillon*, Jackie Baillie*, Kate Maclean*, Dr Elaine Murray*, Bristow Muldoon*, Helen Eadie*, Ms Sandra White*, Mr Kenneth Macintosh*, Marlyn Glen*
S2M-678# Winter Fuel Deaths (lodged on 27 November 2003) Ms Sandra White*
S2M-674# 7:84 Theatre Company (lodged on 26 November 2003) Alex Neil*, Dr Jean Turner*, Brian Adam*
S2M-669 Help the Aged SeniorLine (lodged on 26 November 2003) Dr Jean Turner*, Mr Bruce McFee*
S2M-668 Bhopal Anniversary (lodged on 26 November 2003) Mr Mark Ruskell*, Alex Neil*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Colin Fox*, Dr Jean Turner*, Eleanor Scott*
S2M-667# Photodynamic Therapy for the Treatment of Wet Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) (lodged on 26 November 2003) Ms Sandra White*
S2M-666 Highlands Tourism (lodged on 26 November 2003) Mr Brian Monteith*
S2M-658# Impact of Globalisation on Jobs in the Scottish Finance Sector (lodged on 25 November 2003) Dr Jean Turner*
S2M-655# Drug Assisted Rape (lodged on 25 November 2003) Dr Jean Turner*
S2M-648# European Chemicals Regulation (lodged on 24 November 2003) Frances Curran*, Dr Jean Turner*
S2M-647# Access to Children's Therapy Services in North East Scotland (lodged on 24 November 2003) Dr Jean Turner*
S2M-646 Holyrood Centenary (lodged on 24 November 2003) Dr Jean Turner*
S2M-644 Muslim Festival of Eid-Ul-Fitr (lodged on 24 November 2003) Ms Sandra White*
S2M-642# Social Work Review (lodged on 20 November 2003) Dr Jean Turner*, Mr Bruce McFee*
S2M-641 Female Genital Mutilation and Asylum Seekers (lodged on 20 November 2003) Dr Jean Turner*
S2M-638# Road Safety (lodged on 20 November 2003) Dr Jean Turner*
S2M-637# Ministerial Boycott of World Peace Debate (lodged on 20 November 2003) Dr Jean Turner*
S2M-631# Closure of Post Offices in Glasgow (lodged on 19 November 2003) Dr Jean Turner*
S2M-628 Small Business, Energy and the Environment (lodged on 18 November 2003) Dr Jean Turner*, Sarah Boyack*
S2M-626 State Visit to Britain by the President of the United States of America (lodged on 18 November 2003) Dr Jean Turner*
S2M-611 Threat to Teachers' Pensions (lodged on 17 November 2003) Dr Jean Turner*
S2M-600# Laurencekirk Railway Station (lodged on 13 November 2003) Dr Jean Turner*
S2M-575 Aung San Sui Kyi (lodged on 7 November 2003) Susan Deacon*, Irene Oldfather*, Margo MacDonald*
S2M-558 Support for the Firefighters (lodged on 4 November 2003) Dr Jean Turner*
S2M-527# International Students Visa (lodged on 28 October 2003) Dr Jean Turner*
S2M-516# Asthma Care in Scotland (lodged on 28 October 2003) Irene Oldfather*
S2M-509# Nursery Nurses' Dispute Still Unresolved (lodged on 23 October 2003) Dr Jean Turner*
S2M-506 Support for David Amess MP's Early Day Motion on Asylum Seekers and the Right to Work (lodged on 21 October 2003) Dr Jean Turner*