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Business Bulletin No. 172 / 2003

Thursday 11th December 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-725# Carolyn Leckie: Danger Faced By Iraqi Trade Unionists-That the Parliament is concerned to hear of the appeal by the Iraqi Federation of Workers Trade Unions (IFTU), which tells of a raid by dozens of US troops in 10 armoured cars on the IFTU temporary headquarters in Baghdad on Saturday 6 December 2003, where windows were smashed, documents seized, posters and banners condemning terrorism torn down, eight IFTU leaders arrested but subsequently released and no reason or explanation given for the raid, and supports the call of the IFTU for President Bush to conduct a full investigation into the raid and to ensure that it will not be repeated and for the United States of America to respect the right of workers under international law to form free and independent trade unions.

*S2M-724 Miss Annabel Goldie: Supreme Court-That the Parliament calls upon Her Majesty's Government, in the event of a United Kingdom Supreme Court being created, to ensure that both Scottish judges are appointed to sit in all civil appeals from Scotland and that decisions of the Supreme Court in non-Scottish cases are not binding in Scots law except in so far as the law determining such cases is applicable on a United Kingdom basis.

*S2M-723 Trish Godman: Banks, Credit Companies and Loan Sharks-That the Parliament welcomes the recently announced measures designed to (a) control the unseemly practices of banks and other agencies that encourage people to take on financial burdens that they can ill afford and (b) pursue the loan sharks, who batten upon poor people, whom the banks ignore, and inflict upon them scandalously high levels of interest; believes that there is no place for such activities in Scotland in the 21st century, and supports the Scottish Executive, Her Majesty's Government and local authorities who are introducing measures that will drive these loan sharks from the streets whilst at the same time encouraging those in debt to approach the appropriate agencies for help in dealing with this serious problem.

*S2M-722 Trish Godman: The Commonwealth and Zimbabwe-That the Parliament commends those Commonwealth leaders who stood firmly against the lifting of the suspension of Zimbabwe from the organisation; is of the view that that stance will hearten Morgan Tsvangirai, leader of the opposition and currently on trial in that country, and will also send a message of hope to Mr Tsvangirai's colleagues, trade unionists, journalists and others who have been brave enough to oppose President Mugabe's oppressive regime, but believes, at the same time, that more affluent Commonwealth nations have to do much, much more in order to help eradicate the grinding poverty that blights the lives of so many Commonwealth citizens and, if there is a failure of political will in this regard, then those suffering people will inevitably question the value, or the point, of membership of the organisation.

*S2M-721 Mr Stewart Maxwell: Smoking Ban in Shopping Centre Concourse-That the Parliament applauds the decision by the Avenue Shopping Centre in Newton Mearns to ban smoking from the common areas of the centre; appreciates the rights of units within the centre to make their own decision, but points out that this decision is based on public demand, and encourages other shopping centres and the units within the Avenue Shopping Centre to follow the example set.

*S2M-718.1 Shona Robison: Reform of Public Services-As an amendment to motion (S2M-718) in the name of David McLetchie, leave out from "acknowledges" to end and insert "rejects the proposals by the Conservative Party to privatise our public services and deplores the continued use of PPP/PFI to fund our public services by the current Labour/Liberal Democrat Scottish Executive; believes that the developing crisis in the NHS will only be addressed by increasing the capacity of the NHS to treat more patients and reduce waiting times through effective policies to recruit and retain staff within the NHS in Scotland, and calls for a national debate on the way forward for the health service in Scotland."

*S2M-718.2 Carolyn Leckie: Reform of Public Services-As an amendment to motion (S2M-718) in the name of David McLetchie, leave out from second "the" to end and insert "the crucial role played by low-paid public sector workers in delivering high quality services in often stressful situations; notes however, that they are poorly rewarded for their efforts; recognises that the time has come for radical reform of public services so that they can play a fuller role in eradicating poverty and social exclusion; believes, therefore, that the Scottish Executive should reverse the privatisation of public services involved in PFI and PPP and ensure that all public services are directing their main efforts into reducing the inequalities caused by poverty and discrimination, and further believes that the Executive should introduce a 7.50 an hour minimum pay level for all public sector workers in Scotland, call a moratorium on the centralisation of hospital services which reduces access to maternity, accident and emergency and other health services for those living in our most deprived and isolated communities and instigate a full, democratic and inclusive public debate to establish the real health needs of communities and the resources and measures required to meet those needs."

*S2M-718.3 Peter Peacock: Reform of Public Services-As an amendment to motion (S2M-718) in the name of David McLetchie, leave out from "acknowledges" to end and insert "supports the radical, demanding and relevant agenda set out in A Partnership for a Better Scotland including the delivery of excellent public services that put patients, pupils and victims first, ensure equality of access across urban and rural Scotland, devolve decision-making to front-line staff, establish national standards on which local excellence can be built, backed by inspection, and share best practice and action to tackle and turn around poor performance."

Supported by: Malcolm Chisholm*

S2M-713# Sustainability in Higher Education (lodged on 8 December 2003) Chris Ballance*

S2M-712# Domestic Wind Turbines (lodged on 5 December 2003) Patrick Harvie*, Rosie Kane*, Mark Ballard*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Chris Ballance*

S2M-710# Office of Fair Trading Proposals for Taxi Deregulation (lodged on 5 December 2003) Alex Neil*, Pauline McNeill*, Mr Bruce McFee*, Roseanna Cunningham*

S2M-708 Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland's Work (lodged on 4 December 2003) Margaret Jamieson*, Roseanna Cunningham*

S2M-705 Counterdrift Index (lodged on 3 December 2003) Alex Neil*

S2M-704 End to Energy Disconnections for Debt (lodged on 3 December 2003) Alex Neil*, Susan Deacon*, Cathy Peattie*, Marilyn Livingstone*

S2M-690 Fife Domestic Abuse Forum (lodged on 2 December 2003) Richard Baker*, Tommy Sheridan*, Bruce Crawford*, Rosie Kane*, Mark Ballard*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Shiona Baird*, Christine May*, Jackie Baillie*, Trish Godman*, Cathie Craigie*, Janis Hughes*, Johann Lamont*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Cathy Peattie*, Mr Stewart Maxwell*, Helen Eadie*, Chris Ballance*, Colin Fox*

S2M-689# Safe Drive - Stay Alive Roadshow (lodged on 2 December 2003) Richard Baker*, Christine May*, Mr Mark Ruskell*, Jackie Baillie*, Sarah Boyack*, Carolyn Leckie*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Alex Neil*, Mr Kenneth Macintosh*, Cathy Peattie*, Mr Stewart Maxwell*, Helen Eadie*

S2M-684# Linked Work and Training Trust Central - BURA Award (lodged on 1 December 2003) Pauline McNeill*

S2M-679 Fairtrade Universities (lodged on 27 November 2003) Cathy Peattie*, Marilyn Livingstone*

S2M-674# 7:84 Theatre Company (lodged on 26 November 2003) Marilyn Livingstone*

S2M-668 Bhopal Anniversary (lodged on 26 November 2003) Cathy Peattie*

S2M-667# Photodynamic Therapy for the Treatment of Wet Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) (lodged on 26 November 2003) Christine Grahame*, Mr Kenneth Macintosh*, Phil Gallie*, Patrick Harvie*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Cathy Peattie*, David Mundell*, Marilyn Livingstone*

S2M-665 Use of Sewel Motions (lodged on 26 November 2003) Robert Brown*

*S2M-659.1 Nicola Sturgeon: Glasgow City Council Constitution Insult-As an amendment to motion (S2M-659) in the name of Phil Gallie, leave out from "unacceptable" to end and insert "courageous, worthy of support and fully in keeping with the pride in their Scottish identity that new Scots feel and notes that more and more Scots consider themselves to be Scottish rather than British and that British identity is becoming increasingly artificial as the recent English rugby victory celebrations, with not a Union flag in sight, demonstrated."

Supported by: Rob Gibson*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Mr Stewart Maxwell*, Tricia Marwick*, Fergus Ewing*, Mr Bruce McFee*, Alasdair Morgan*, Michael Matheson*, Alex Neil*, Linda Fabiani*, Jim Mather*

S2M-655# Drug Assisted Rape (lodged on 25 November 2003) Cathy Peattie*, Marilyn Livingstone*

S2M-615# 20 mph Speed Zones Around Schools (lodged on 18 November 2003) Michael Matheson*

S2M-600# Laurencekirk Railway Station (lodged on 13 November 2003) Marlyn Glen*

S2M-575 Aung San Sui Kyi (lodged on 7 November 2003) Shona Robison*

S2M-537 Success of Central Scotland Police's Operation Overlord (lodged on 31 October 2003) Cathy Peattie*

S2M-516# Asthma Care in Scotland (lodged on 28 October 2003) Shona Robison*, Dennis Canavan*