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Business Bulletin No. 16 / 2004

Monday 26th January 2004

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-817 Mark Ballard: Protecting Children from Advertising in Schools-That the Parliament calls on the Scottish Executive to protect children from the promotion of brand names and commercial companies through sponsorship and advertising in Scotland's schools as the teaching and learning environment should be devoted to educational materials.

*S2M-816# Irene Oldfather: The Importance of Modern Language Learning-That the Parliament welcomes the First Minister's commitment in his New Year message to encourage Scots to promote our nation abroad, as well as inviting more foreign nationals to live and work in Scotland; is aware that the Lisbon Strategy highlights the importance of language skills in the economic life of the European Union; recognises that, as part of an enlarged European Union, the people of Scotland have an obligation to become linguistically diverse; recognises that linguistic diversity not only assists communication and increases economic opportunities, but also allows children to grow to respect different cultures; welcomes the European Commission's report Promoting Language Learning and Linguistic Diversity: An Action Plan 2004-2006 and notes its aim of encouraging member states to make language learning a priority for pre-school and primary school children; agrees that early language learning is the basis for future language competency; notes that current policy in Scotland is that all students are entitled to experience learning a modern language no later than P6 and that the Scottish Executive recognises that pre-school years are an ideal age to enrich children's language experiences; welcomes the success of partial immersion projects in introducing children to a modern language at the early stage of primary school, and considers that the Executive should build on this experience.

*S2M-815 Bruce Crawford: Tesco Discriminating Against Scots-That the Parliament notes with concern the actions of Tesco plc in discriminating against Scots and the Scottish legal system in the operation of its home phone service in that contracts with customers are governed by English law and the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts, even though the company's customer service centre is in Inverness; believes that this situation is symptomatic of Scotland's economic problems in that the high quality legal jobs are outwith Scotland while the call centre jobs are located here, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to use what powers it has to enter into discussions with major UK companies to encourage them to take due note of the discrete Scottish market.

S2M-814 Ms Margaret Curran: Companies (Audit, Investigations and Community Enterprise) Bill - UK Legislation-That the Parliament endorses the principle that, in the context of provisions in the Companies (Audit, Investigations and Community Enterprise) Bill enabling charities to convert to become community interest companies, conversion should be regulated and agrees that the provisions in the Bill that relate to the power to regulate such conversion should be considered by the UK Parliament.

Supported by: Mrs Mary Mulligan

S2M-813 Cathy Jamieson: Gender Recognition Bill - UK Legislation-That the Parliament endorses the principle of giving transsexual people legal recognition of their acquired gender and agrees that the provisions in the Gender Recognition Bill that relate to devolved matters should be considered by the UK Parliament thereby ensuring a consistent UK approach and early compliance with the rulings of the European Court of Human Rights with respect to the Convention rights of transsexual people under Article 8 (right to respect for private life) and Article 12 (right to marry).

Supported by: Hugh Henry

S2M-812 Carolyn Leckie: Conduct of Health Review Consultations-That the Parliament is concerned that public consultations on NHS centralisations, redesigns, rationalisations and closures are repeatedly being condemned and questioned by the public, trade unions, community representatives and clinicians in terms of their transparency, processes, democracy, accountability and legitimacy of conclusions; believes that public confidence in NHS board consultations is extremely low; is concerned by allegations made by senior clinicians, in respect of the Queen Mother's Hospital consultation by NHS Greater Glasgow, that evidence has been distorted and/or suppressed, and considers that all submissions, written or oral, to such consultations should, by mandate, be published in full with all documentation, evidence, statistics and research.

Supported by: Frances Curran, Roseanna Cunningham

S2M-811# Alex Neil: London Olympic Bid-That the Parliament notes with concern the decision by Her Majesty's Government to provide an unlimited funding guarantee for the London bid to host the Olympic Games in 2012 and, whilst happy to support the bid's success, believes that London should share financial responsibility for the guarantee in line with the original intention of Her Majesty's Government, outlined in the response to A London Olympic Bid for 2012 by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

S2M-810 Carolyn Leckie: Saudi Arabian Ambassador's Reception-That the Parliament notes the US Department of State's report on Saudi Arabia which states that Saudi citizens have "neither the right nor the legal means to change their government", that "security forces continued to abuse detainees and prisoners, arbitrarily arrest and detain persons, and hold them in incommunicado detention", that "the Government prohibits or restricts freedom of speech, the press, assembly, association, religion and movement" and that "other continuing problems included discrimination and violence against women, discrimination against ethnic and religious minorities, and strict limitations on worker rights"; believes that it is completely unacceptable for any member to accept an invitation to dine with the Ambassador of Saudi Arabia, Prince Turki Al Faisal, on 26 January 2004 in Edinburgh as he is an official representative of a dictatorial and oppressive regime, and calls on all members to boycott this reception.

Supported by: Frances Curran

S2M-809 Mark Ballard: Access to Scottish Current Accounts from the Post Office-That the Parliament urges the Royal Bank of Scotland, HBOS plc and the Clydesdale Bank to match the facilities, offered by other UK banks, for customers to access their current accounts at post office branches nationwide, which will both increase footfall in Post Offices and allow improved access to banking for geographically remote and socially excluded communities.

Supported by: Des McNulty, Dennis Canavan, Nora Radcliffe, Helen Eadie, David Mundell, Margaret Jamieson, Shiona Baird, John Swinburne, Marlyn Glen, Carolyn Leckie, Jackie Baillie, Kate Maclean, Robert Brown, Frances Curran, Cathie Craigie, Patrick Harvie, Bristow Muldoon, Robin Harper, Mr Jamie Stone, Mr David Davidson, Alex Neil, Mike Pringle, Alasdair Morgan, Eleanor Scott, Mr Mark Ruskell, Mr Stewart Maxwell, Shona Robison, Nicola Sturgeon, Roseanna Cunningham*, Susan Deacon*

S2M-808 Donald Gorrie: Local Consultations on Parliamentary Issues-That the Parliament agrees that it should give more financial support to enable MSPs to organise local consultation on parliamentary issues, not just on local issues, and should help to fund the travel costs of citizens who have to go a long way to a consultative meeting.

S2M-807 Mr Andy Kerr: Budget (Scotland) Bill-That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Budget (Scotland) Bill.

Supported by: Mr Jack McConnell, Patricia Ferguson, Tavish Scott

S2M-804 Donald Gorrie: Statement on Arabs by Robert Kilroy-Silk-That the Parliament condemns the blatantly untrue statements by Robert Kilroy-Silk that Arabs are "suicide bombers, limb amputators, women repressors", greatly regrets the rising tide of Islamophobia of which he is part; believes that his efforts to claim that his statements are justified by "free speech" do great harm to promoting genuine free speech within a rational debate and constructively criticising any foolish attitudes caused by excessive political correctness, and urges all relevant bodies to promote better education and discussion about Islam and Arab culture.

Supported by: Michael Matheson

S2M-802 Ms Sandra White: The Lodging House Mission-That the Parliament commends the Lodging House Mission, established in 1907 and now a registered charity, based in East Campbell Street, Glasgow, which provides support and advice and over 150 meals per day for the homeless and disadvantaged and calls on the Scottish Executive to ensure provision of a funding stream that will allow this vital work to continue.

Supported by: Michael Matheson

S2M-801# Ms Sandra White: Yorkhill NHS Trust Staff-That the Parliament applauds the stand taken by consultants and staff of the Queen Mother's Maternity Hospital and Royal Hospital for Sick Children at Yorkhill against the closure of the maternity unit which would break the internationally-renowned link between the two hospitals on the one site.

Supported by: Carolyn Leckie, Michael Matheson

S2M-797 Donald Gorrie: Ending of Monthly Poll of Scots' Voting Intentions by The Herald-That the Parliament regrets the decision by The Herald to stop its monthly polling of voting intentions in Scotland; considers that the poll makes a useful contribution to bringing public and political issues before the people of Scotland, and urges the management of The Herald to reconsider the decision.

Supported by: Alex Neil, Susan Deacon*

S2M-796 Shiona Baird: Green Gyms Scheme-That the Parliament congratulates the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers on its innovative Green Gyms scheme, which operates in Aberdeen, Fife, Inverness and Dumfries and Galloway, whereby GPs refer patients to participate in projects aimed at improving the environment; recognises the importance of such initiatives in promoting both the health of the individual and community spirit, and urges the Scottish Executive to ensure that such imaginative schemes are actively promoted, supported and funded throughout Scotland.

Supported by: Donald Gorrie, Eleanor Scott, Carolyn Leckie, Patrick Harvie, Dr Elaine Murray, Mike Pringle, Trish Godman, Robin Harper, Frances Curran, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Dr Sylvia Jackson, Chris Ballance*

S2M-793# Fiona Hyslop: Public Consultation on Private Prisons-That the Parliament notes the concerns of many of its members and amongst the wider public about the proposals for private prisons in Scotland; notes that applications for two new prisons have now been lodged in Addiewell and Low Moss but that as yet the public have not been informed if either or both are intended to operate as private prisons, and expresses the view that the public should be entitled to know what kind of operation is being planned for their local communities as part of any consultation and decision-making process.

Supported by: Mr Stewart Maxwell, Stewart Stevenson, Michael Matheson, Mark Ballard, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Colin Fox, Tommy Sheridan, Dr Jean Turner, Patrick Harvie, Linda Fabiani, Nicola Sturgeon, Robin Harper, Bruce Crawford, Jim Mather, Shiona Baird, Marilyn Livingstone, Christine Grahame, Frances Curran, Carolyn Leckie, Tricia Marwick, Ms Sandra White, Alex Neil, Brian Adam, Mr Adam Ingram, Ms Rosemary Byrne

S2M-786 Malcolm Chisholm: Health Protection Agency Bill - UK Legislation-That the Parliament endorses the principle that the Health Protection Agency should be able to carry out, in Scotland, certain devolved radiation protection functions and, subject to the prescribed statutory requirements and procedures, other devolved health protection functions as set out in the Health Protection Agency Bill; agrees that the Bill should confer powers and functions on the Scottish Ministers and make provision for various other related matters in respect of the Health Protection Agency, and agrees that the Bill should be considered by the UK Parliament.

Supported by: Mr Tom McCabe

S2M-770 Sewage Dumping (lodged on 9 January 2004) Alasdair Morgan*

S2M-763 Health of Dockyard Workers (lodged on 7 January 2004) Dennis Canavan*

S2M-742# Mark Ballard: Food for Good-That the Parliament commends UNISON on the production of its "Food for Good Charter" and considers that NHS Scotland should adopt the targets set out therein for organic produce, animal welfare and fair trade and accept the UNISON Food for Good recommendations on meat quality, five portions of fruit and vegetables a day, recycling and composting, patients not profit, resources, real food and fair pay as policy.

Supported by: Ms Sandra White, Frances Curran, Tommy Sheridan, Carolyn Leckie, Margaret Jamieson, Eleanor Scott, Mr Stewart Maxwell, Shiona Baird, Patrick Harvie, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Chris Ballance, Elaine Smith, Robin Harper, Marlyn Glen, Mr Mark Ruskell, Donald Gorrie, Alex Neil, Colin Fox, Dr Jean Turner, Rosie Kane, Scott Barrie R, Shona Robison, Susan Deacon, Nicola Sturgeon

S2M-616 Mr Andy Kerr: Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Bill: Financial Resolution-That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Bill, agrees to the following expenditure payable out of the Scottish Consolidated Fund, namely-

(a) any expenditure of the Scottish Ministers in consequence of the Act; and

(b) any increase attributable to the Act in expenditure payable out of the Fund under any other enactment.

S2M-529 Peter Peacock: Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Bill-That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Bill.

Supported by: Euan Robson

S2M-516# Asthma Care in Scotland (lodged on 28 October 2003) Richard Baker*