Business Bulletin No. 28 / 2004
Wednesday 11th February 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-903 Christine Grahame: Fostering-That the Parliament notes the shortage of foster carers, currently standing at 650 in Scotland, and the need to encourage greater recruitment; recognises the excellent work done by the Fostering Network in highlighting the problems facing foster children and their carers and the work they do in conjunction with local authorities to improve the prospects for both the children in need of foster care and those who wish to foster, and accordingly urges the Scottish Executive, as part of its ongoing work with the Fostering Network, to provide practical assistance in publicising and promoting recruitment in this most important vocation.
*S2M-902 Mr Andy Kerr: Budget (Scotland) Bill-That the Parliament agrees that the Budget (Scotland) Bill be passed.
Supported by: Mr Jack McConnell*, Mr Jim Wallace*, Patricia Ferguson*, Tavish Scott*
*S2M-901 Ms Margaret Curran: The Draft Housing Support Grant (Scotland) Order 2004-That the Communities Committee recommends that the draft Housing Support Grant (Scotland) Order 2004 be approved.
Supported by: Mrs Mary Mulligan*
*S2M-900 Richard Lochhead: Good Luck Message to Scottish Schools Debating Team-That the Parliament notes the commencement of the World Schools Debating Championship in Stuttgart from 11 to 21 February 2004; further notes that Scotland has won the competition on two previous occasions; takes the opportunity to wish the Scottish team of Anna Crosby, Yoosun Koh, Nathan Smeaton, James Moir and Gabriel Brady the very best of luck in attempting to bring the competition back to Scotland for a third time; believes that debating is an important skill for young Scots to develop, and believes that the team will do Scotland proud.
Supported by: Jackie Baillie*, Bruce Crawford*, Eleanor Scott*, Patrick Harvie*, Jim Mather*, Carolyn Leckie*, Mr Stewart Maxwell*, Nora Radcliffe*, Mrs Nanette Milne*, Nicola Sturgeon*, Christine Grahame*, Rob Gibson*, Tricia Marwick*, Alex Johnstone*
*S2M-899 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Designation of Lead Committee-That the Parliament agrees that the Health Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the Prohibition of Smoking in Regulated Areas (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1.
Supported by: Tavish Scott*
*S2M-898 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion-That the Parliament agrees-
(a) the following programme of business-
Wednesday 25 February 2004
Thursday 26 February 2004
and (b) that consideration of the Tenements (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 be completed by 3 June 2004.
Supported by: Tavish Scott*
*S2M-897 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion-That the Parliament agrees the following revision to the programme of business for Thursday 12 February 2004-
Supported by: Tavish Scott*
*S2M-896 Mr Jamie Stone: BBC Highland-That the Parliament recognises the important role that radio news provides in disseminating regional news and current affairs; regrets that in 1992 the BBC decided to discontinue BBC Highland, the English language news and current affairs service that provided vital regional coverage throughout the Highlands and Islands; notes that the decision was strongly opposed by the wider community at the time, and calls on the BBC, as part of its duty to provide a comprehensive broadcasting service across the whole of the UK, to reinstate the service.
The member has provided the following Gaelic translation:
Gu bheil a' Phàrlamaid ag aithneachadh cho cudthromach agus a tha naidheachdan rèidio ann a bhith a' sgaoileadh naidheachdan ionadail agus cùisean an latha; gu bheil i duilich gun do cho-dhùin am BBC ann an 1992 gun cuireadh às do BhBC Highland, an t-seirbheis naidheachdan agus chùisean an latha anns a' Bheurla a thug seachad seirbheis ionadail ro-chudthromach air feadh na Gaidhealtachd agus nan Eilean; gu bheil i a' toirt fa-near gun robh a' choimhearsnachd gu làidir an aghaidh a' cho-dhùnaidh aig an àm, agus gu bheil i ag iarraidh air a' BhBC an t-seirbhis seo a stèidheachadh as ùr mar phàirt den dleastanas aige a bhith na chraoladair airson na Rìoghachd Aonaichte air fad.
*S2M-895# Fiona Hyslop: Missing Link Completion and Upgrade of the A801 Avon Gorge Road-That the Parliament acknowledges the tireless campaigning efforts over many decades by local communities and individuals of Westfield and Avonbridge to bring about the much-needed upgrading of the A801 Avon Gorge road; notes with concern the significant number of deaths and accidents on the road over the years; recognises that the road is a key link between the M8 and M9 in the very centre of Scotland and that completion of the missing link part of the road would allow safe and more environmentally responsible north-south transportation in Scotland, avoiding one of the most severe gradients, of approximately 1 in 6, of any road in Scotland and so eliminating the 40 miles currently taken by many heavy goods lorries from Whitburn to Grangemouth via Newbridge, and believes that the Scottish Executive should recognise the important national strategic importance of improving this road in considering its decision in relation to planning and should acknowledge its responsibility to help complete and upgrade the road in terms of support for funding to West Lothian and Falkirk councils.
Supported by: Michael Matheson*
*S2M-894# Sarah Boyack: Bus Services for Holyrood and the New Scottish Parliament-That the Parliament notes with dismay the removal of Lothian Buses Service 64 running between Holyrood and Princes Street; further notes that the only remaining service, Lothian Buses Service 35 serving the Holyrood and Abbeyhill areas, is a temporary service which does not operate into the evenings; understands that local residents, along with staff from a range of companies including Scotsman Publications, are adversely affected; welcomes plans for the high frequency Lothian Buses Service 100 to be extended from the current service from Waverley Station; notes with regret that due to the lack of an agreed route with the Traffic Commissioner there will be no extension of the Lothian Buses Service 100 until autumn 2004 at the earliest; notes with concern the fact that there is now no direct bus route between the city centre and the new Parliament at Holyrood, and considers that the relevant authorities, including the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body, the City of Edinburgh Council and Lothian Buses, should resolve this problem urgently.
Supported by: Trish Godman*, Jackie Baillie*, Maureen Macmillan*
*S2M-893# Carolyn Leckie: Nursery Nurses Deserve Settlement Now-That the Parliament is appalled that nursery nurses, essential to the development of our children and the future well-being of Scotland's society, are still not valued by COSLA or the Scottish Executive; condemns those who profess to support investment in education and who profess concern about Scotland's depopulation, but condemn nursery nurses to low pay, undervalued status and continued gender discrimination; salutes the determination and solidarity of the 4000 nursery nurses on strike this week; believes that the spectre of all-out strike action is an indictment of the employers, COSLA and the Executive; considers that COSLA should return to the negotiating table; believes that the Executive must exert all its influence to ensure a fair and agreed national settlement for nursery nurses, and affirms its unequivocal support for nursery nurses.
*S2M-892# Shona Robison: Vending Machines in Schools-That the Parliament welcomes the recent research into vending machines in schools commissioned by the Food Standards Agency and carried out by the Health Education Trust; notes that this research shows that vending machines containing water, milk and fruit juice are just as popular as those containing fizzy drinks and that they yield a similar income for school funds, and therefore considers that the Scottish Executive should take immediate steps to remove fizzy drinks from vending machines within our schools in favour of these healthy alternatives.
Supported by: Michael Matheson*, Carolyn Leckie*, Fiona Hyslop*, Robin Harper*, Mr Adam Ingram*, Christine Grahame*, Tricia Marwick*, Linda Fabiani*, Nicola Sturgeon*, Rob Gibson*, Mr Stewart Maxwell*, Eleanor Scott*, Mark Ballard*, Richard Lochhead*, Jim Mather*, Ms Sandra White*, Elaine Smith*, Shiona Baird*
S2M-891 Contraceptive Awareness Week (lodged on 9 February 2004) Christine Grahame*, Mark Ballard*, Linda Fabiani*, Colin Fox*, Ms Wendy Alexander*, Ms Sandra White*, Margaret Jamieson*, Nicola Sturgeon*, Patrick Harvie*, Bruce Crawford*, Robin Harper*, Richard Lochhead*, Mrs Nanette Milne*, Carolyn Leckie*, Helen Eadie*, Jackie Baillie*, Trish Godman*
S2M-890 Nuclear Waste (lodged on 9 February 2004) Christine Grahame*, Alex Neil*
*S2M-890.1 Alex Johnstone: Nuclear Waste-As an amendment to motion (S2M-890) in the name of Roseanna Cunningham, leave out from "is concerned" to end and insert "believes that nuclear power capacity is vital in meeting Scotland's future energy needs; recognises technical advances in the handling and disposal of the associated waste materials, and considers that the resolution of nuclear waste issues and the development of new nuclear power capacity can and must run in parallel, as the lengthy commissioning process means that decisions about new nuclear power stations cannot be put off any longer."
*S2M-890.2 Ms Rosemary Byrne: Nuclear Waste-As an amendment to motion (S2M-890) in the name of Roseanna Cunningham, insert at end "calls on the Scottish Executive to stop the importation of any nuclear waste from any foreign country, and further calls on the Executive to implement an investment programme in the safe disposal and storage of nuclear waste in Scotland to generate jobs and safeguard the environment."
*S2M-890.3 Allan Wilson: Nuclear Waste-As an amendment to motion (S2M-890) in the name of Roseanna Cunningham, leave out from "is concerned" to end and insert "agrees that the review of options for the long-term management of radioactive waste, currently being undertaken by the Committee on Radioactive Waste Management, is the correct means of engaging Scotland in the debate to find a long-term publicly acceptable solution to the disposal of long-lived radioactive waste and that the Scottish Executive should continue to input into UK, European and international radioactive waste issues and require the Scottish Environment Protection Agency to implement policy such as the UK Strategy for Radioactive Discharges 2001-2020."
*S2M-890.4 Mr Mark Ruskell: Nuclear Waste-As an amendment to motion (S2M-890) in the name of Roseanna Cunningham, insert after "Parliament", "acknowledges that radioactive nuclear waste for which there is no safe disposal route will remain harmful to human health and the environment for many thousands of years and that responsibility for nuclear waste created by this generation will have to be inherited by countless future generations; considers that the most important step in tackling the growing problem of nuclear waste must be to stop creating the waste in the first instance; believes that Scotland should not accept nuclear waste originating outside Scotland and that waste arising from Scottish civil and military nuclear facilities should remain on the site of the originating facility in secure, monitorable and retrievable storage;".
*S2M-889 Mr Kenny MacAskill: The Future of Scottish Football-That the Parliament notes the crisis faced by Scottish football; recognises football's *significant contribution and potential impact* in terms of its economic, social and health benefits and *its role* in our culture and identity; sympathises with the backroom and playing staff of those clubs worst affected; calls on professional football clubs to work with their supporters to harness the emotional and financial investment they make in their clubs; calls on the football authorities and clubs to ensure better business planning and financial management; believes that public funding for the game is essential but not the bail out of individual clubs; welcomes current and proposed financial support from the Scottish Executive but calls for such support to be matched by structural change; calls for the Scottish Football Association (SFA) to be a more integrated governing body for the game; calls for *a review of* the professional league structure in Scotland and the criteria for membership, and further calls for the SFA to regulate and develop participation by all ages and at all levels from grassroots in the community through to the national team.
*S2M-889.1 Mr Jamie McGrigor: The Future of Scottish Football-As an amendment to motion (S2M-889) in the name of Mr Kenny MacAskill, leave out from "significant" to end and insert "importance in terms of its economic, social and health benefits and also its contribution to our culture and identity; believes, however, that football clubs must take responsibility for their own commercial decisions and that a well-run football club should be sustainable without the need for public funding; further believes that the Scottish Executive can help club finances by lifting the outdated alcohol ban in all-seater stadia, and invites the Scottish Football Association to consider reinstating the home international championship as a means of generating additional revenue for the development of the game."
*S2M-889.2 Colin Fox: The Future of Scottish Football-As an amendment to motion (S2M-889) in the name of Mr Kenny MacAskill, leave out from "sympathises" to end and insert "; notes the experience of successful club teams such as Barcelona that are mutually owned and elect their own board of directors to run the club; further notes that some clubs in the English Nationwide League have already chosen this path by setting up supporters' trusts, and believes that public funding should be made available to allow for wider community involvement in the clubs and to co-ordinate the game across Scotland."
S2M-887# Attack on Free Personal Care Policy (lodged on 9 February 2004) Christine Grahame*, Michael Matheson*, Tricia Marwick*, Mr Kenny MacAskill*, Nicola Sturgeon*, Fiona Hyslop*, Robin Harper*, Mr Adam Ingram*, Linda Fabiani*, Rob Gibson*, Mr Stewart Maxwell*, Brian Adam*, Patrick Harvie*, Bruce Crawford*, Richard Lochhead*, Alex Neil*, Ms Sandra White*, Jim Mather*
S2M-885 Days at Sea and the Safety of Our Fishermen (lodged on 9 February 2004) Christine Grahame*, Michael Matheson*, Alex Neil*
S2M-884 Congratulations to Fife Council on Increased Recycling (lodged on 6 February 2004) Helen Eadie*, Jackie Baillie*, Christine May*, Elaine Smith*, Trish Godman*
S2M-883 Police Recruitment in Forth Valley (lodged on 6 February 2004) Miss Annabel Goldie*, Alex Johnstone*, Murdo Fraser*, Mrs Nanette Milne*
S2M-882 Scottish Affairs Select Committee - Election of MSPs (lodged on 6 February 2004) Bruce Crawford*, Jim Mather*, Carolyn Leckie*, Frances Curran*, Robin Harper*, Shona Robison*, Patrick Harvie*, Alex Neil*
S2M-881 Chinese Army Invite to Military Tattoo (lodged on 6 February 2004) Mr Brian Monteith*, Shiona Baird*
S2M-880 Miss X: Chief Inspector of Social Work Report (lodged on 5 February 2004) Mr Adam Ingram*, Carolyn Leckie*, Frances Curran*, Alex Neil*, Rosie Kane*
S2M-879 Hydro Aluminium Extrusion (lodged on 5 February 2004) Mr Brian Monteith*
S2M-878 Death of Ron Thompson (lodged on 5 February 2004) John Scott*, Alex Neil*, Mr John Swinney*, Mr Brian Monteith*, Mrs Nanette Milne*
S2M-877# Livestock Improvement Scheme (lodged on 5 February 2004) Alex Fergusson*, John Scott*, Mr Brian Monteith*, Mrs Nanette Milne*
S2M-875# Palliative Care in Scotland (lodged on 5 February 2004) Carolyn Leckie*, Frances Curran*
S2M-874 Support for Scottish Community Drama Association (lodged on 5 February 2004) Rosie Kane*
S2M-873 Millennium Development Goals (lodged on 5 February 2004) Bruce Crawford*, Tricia Marwick*, Mr Adam Ingram*, Eleanor Scott*, Patrick Harvie*, Shiona Baird*
S2M-872 Homelessness in East Lothian (lodged on 5 February 2004) Carolyn Leckie*, Frances Curran*, Rosie Kane*
S2M-871 End to Nursery Nurses Pay Dispute in Stirling (lodged on 5 February 2004) Alex Johnstone*
S2M-868 Ally MacLeod (lodged on 4 February 2004) Mr Brian Monteith*, Rosie Kane*
S2M-867 Recycling Figures (lodged on 4 February 2004) Rosie Kane*
S2M-866# Asbestos-Related Illnesses (lodged on 4 February 2004) Carolyn Leckie*, Frances Curran*, Rosie Kane*
S2M-865# Challenge to Voting System (lodged on 4 February 2004) Rosie Kane*
S2M-864 Oral Questions and Emergency Bills (lodged on 4 February 2004) Karen Gillon*
S2M-862# Epilepsy Scotland - Golden Jubilee (lodged on 4 February 2004) Rosie Kane*
S2M-860# Development of Cavalry Park (lodged on 4 February 2004) Mr Brian Monteith*
S2M-858# Approval of Inward Delegation (lodged on 3 February 2004) Rosie Kane*
S2M-856# Topless Hairdressing Salons (lodged on 3 February 2004) Carolyn Leckie*, Frances Curran*
S2M-854# Student Community Relations (lodged on 3 February 2004) Carolyn Leckie*, Frances Curran*
S2M-850# Tackling Debt (lodged on 3 February 2004) Rosie Kane*
S2M-846 Message of Condolence Following the Tragic Fire at Rosepark Nursing Home, Uddingston (lodged on 2 February 2004) Rosie Kane*
S2M-844# Hutton Report (lodged on 30 January 2004) Rosie Kane*
*S2M-838.2 Patrick Harvie: Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants, etc.) Bill - UK Legislation-As an amendment to motion (S2M-838) in the name of Cathy Jamieson, insert at end "but, in so doing, expresses its concern that the creation of the new offence in clause 4 of the Bill may conflict with other provisions in clause 2 of the Bill which would inappropriately criminalise the victims of trafficking, many of whom will have entered the country without valid documentation, and believes that Her Majesty's Government should do nothing which causes victims of trafficking to be fearful of approaching the authorities for support."
S2M-835# Hepatitis C Ex Gratia Payment Scheme (lodged on 29 January 2004) Mr John Swinney*
S2M-831# Disabled Parking Spaces (lodged on 28 January 2004) Mr Kenneth Macintosh*
S2M-770# Sewage Dumping (lodged on 9 January 2004) Rob Gibson*
S2M-676# Fatigue and Chronic Neurological Illnesses (lodged on 27 November 2003) Mrs Margaret Ewing*