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Business Bulletin No. 42 / 2004

Monday 8th March 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-1005 Mr Brian Monteith: Non-Domestic Rate (Scotland) Order 2004-That the Local Government and Transport Committee recommends that nothing further be done under the Non-Domestic Rate (Scotland) Order 2004 (SSI 2004/59).

*S2M-1004 Mr Mark Ruskell: Westminster Committee on GM Crops-That the Parliament welcomes the publication of the Westminster Environmental Audit Committee's report, GM Food - Evaluating the Farm Scale Trials, and its conclusion that the commercialisation of genetically modified (GM) crops on the basis of the results of the farm scale trials would be irresponsible and calls on the Scottish Executive to endorse this view and uphold the precautionary principle in relation to GM crops.

S2M-1003# Christine Grahame: Crisis for Borders Schools-That the Parliament notes with concern the proposed closure of the following Borders schools: Cranshaws, Teviothead, Eccles/Leitholm, Hutton, Roberton, Ednam, Channelkirk, Newlands, Oxnam, Glen Douglas, Heriot and Fountainhall; further notes that Scottish Borders Council in its consultation document Management Review of the School Estate in the Scottish Borders, in particular the chart describing the factors that may be considered when making decisions on the schools' long-term viability, did not include the "importance of the local school to the community" which had been included in the first stage evaluation; reminds the Scottish Executive of its commitment in A Partnership for a Better Scotland to "continued reform so that our public services are designed and delivered around the needs of individuals and the community within which they live" and also its commitment in Building our Future Scotland's School Estate to place "the child at the centre, meeting the needs of the individual" and "the school at the heart of the community, meeting the needs of the communities"; believes that the proposed closures, against the expressed wishes of many communities, are driven by the requirements of proposed PPP/PFI school building programmes, and therefore believes that the Executive should adhere to its aforesaid commitments and reject rural school closure proposals which, if they proceed, will permanently damage fragile communities.

Supported by: Carolyn Leckie*, Frances Curran*

S2M-1002# Murdo Fraser: Wild Scottish Venison-That the Parliament acknowledges the world-class quality of wild Scottish venison as a healthy, nutritious, low-fat product; notes with concern the financial difficulties facing the sector in light of critically low prices, and considers that the Scottish Executive should undertake a study into how the promotion and marketing of Scottish venison may be improved and the industry supported.

S2M-1001# Carolyn Leckie: International Women's Day-That the Parliament notes that 8 March 2004 is International Women's Day and salutes the struggles of women throughout history and all over the world for a fair and democratic society; further notes the contribution that women in struggle make to the fight against women's oppression and for women's equality and liberty; notes that the struggle is being carried on today by, amongst others, the nursery nurses, the vast majority of whom are women, and considers that they are deserving of victory.

Supported by: Frances Curran*, Elaine Smith*, Ms Sandra White*

S2M-1000# Ms Sandra White: Situation of Asylum Seeker Hunger Strikers-That the Parliament condemns the current immigration policies of Her Majesty's Government which force refugees such as Farouk Haidari, Farnborz Gravindk and Mokhtar Haydary to take such drastic action as sewing up their mouths and going on hunger strike for 15 days rather than face deportation; notes, with great concern, that two of the refugees have now been found unconscious and hospitalised, and, in view of the severity of the current situation, believes that the Scottish Executive should contact the Home Office immedately and intervene on behalf of the refugees.

Supported by: Fiona Hyslop*, Carolyn Leckie*, Frances Curran*

S2M-999 Frances Curran: Urgent Situation Regarding Asylum Seekers Hunger Strike-That the Parliament expresses its grave concern at today's developments in relation to Farouk Haidari, Farnborz Gravindk and Mokhtar Haydary, the Iranian Kurdish asylum seekers who are conducting a hunger strike, and considers that the Scottish Executive should exert every possible avenue of influence to avoid even more grave consequences for the health of all three men and to resolve the issues that have precipitated the hunger strike.

Supported by: Carolyn Leckie*, Tommy Sheridan*, Rosie Kane*

S2M-998 Bill Butler: Intemperate Remarks of Donald Gorrie MSP-That the Parliament views with dismay the comments made by Donald Gorrie MSP at the Fraser inquiry on 3 March 2004 in relation to the late First Minister, Donald Dewar MSP and the Holyrood project; considers that the remarks made by Mr Gorrie were intemperate, inaccurate, deeply offensive and uninformed; deplores Mr Gorrie's attempt to pass off as measured criticism a stream of impolitic utterances which bear no relation to the true nature and character of the man who gave years of distinguished and selfless public service in the cause of his Anniesland constituents and the people of Scotland, both at Holyrood and Westminster, and agrees that an apology followed by a period of lengthy silence from Mr Gorrie is much to be desired on this matter.

Supported by: Scott Barrie, Margaret Jamieson, Mr Alasdair Morrison, Mr Duncan McNeil, Karen Gillon, Michael McMahon, Paul Martin, Richard Baker, Dr Elaine Murray, Cathie Craigie, Dr Sylvia Jackson, Marlyn Glen, Mike Watson, Irene Oldfather, Helen Eadie, Des McNulty, Mr John Home Robertson, Sarah Boyack, Elaine Smith, Kate Maclean, Ms Wendy Alexander, Cathy Peattie, Christine May, Karen Whitefield, Johann Lamont, Jackie Baillie, Trish Godman, Maureen Macmillan, Pauline McNeill, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Rhona Brankin, Bristow Muldoon, Marilyn Livingstone, Susan Deacon, Janis Hughes

S2M-997# Trish Godman: Proposed Closure of AA at Erskine-That the Parliament views with serious concern the decision taken by the Automobile Association (AA) to close its renowned Scottish headquarters in Erskine, Renfrewshire; believes that the AA's loyal and hard working employees deserved much better than this from an employer for whom they have given such fine service, and considers that the Scottish Executive should use its good offices in order to persuade the AA to stay in Renfrewshire.

S2M-996 Shiona Baird: International Women's Day - Trafficked Women-That the Parliament recognises, during International Women's Week, the plight of women who are trafficked for the purposes of prostitution and work in the sex industry; further recognises that the expansion of the EU may exacerbate the problem of identifying and supporting women who are so trafficked; notes the extreme difficulties faced by trafficked women seeking to escape prostitution and their particular vulnerability under immigration law, whereby they may be returned to dangerous and life-threatening situations, and urges the Scottish Executive to conduct research to determine the number of trafficked women in Scotland and to consider establishing dedicated refuge and support services for such women.

Supported by: Carolyn Leckie, Tommy Sheridan, Chris Ballance, Ms Sandra White, Rob Gibson, Mr Adam Ingram, Eleanor Scott, Robin Harper, Fiona Hyslop*, Elaine Smith*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Marlyn Glen*, Frances Curran*

S2M-995 Ross Finnie: Nature Conservation (Scotland) Bill-That the Parliament agrees that the Nature Conservation (Scotland) Bill be passed.

Supported by: Allan Wilson

S2M-994# Johann Lamont: Report on Responses to Prostitution-That the Parliament notes and welcomes the report A Critical Examination of Responses to Prostitution in Four Countries, commissioned by Glasgow Routes Out Social Inclusion Partnership; welcomes the contribution it makes to the debate on strategies to tackle prostitution; recognises that the report provides evidence that legalisation or regulation of prostitution does not create any safer an environment for women involved in prostitution and that the Swedish approach, where there are legal penalties for those men who create the demand for prostitutes, offers a realistic alternative; welcomes the report's evidence that highlights the importance both of protecting women and of challenging those men who use prostitutes; confirms that prostitution is a form of abuse and that all strategies must understand the importance of recognising and tackling this abuse, and believes that the Scottish Executive Working Group on Prostitution should take proper account of this report's findings in its deliberations.

Supported by: Marlyn Glen

S2M-992*#* Helen Eadie: NHS Fife and NHS Tayside "Keep Yer Shirt On" Project-That the Parliament congratulates NHS Fife and NHS Tayside on their successful skin cancer awareness project "Keep Yer Shirt On", designed to raise the awareness in children of the need to protect skin from ultraviolet (UV) light and, in particular, welcomes their partnership with the relevant councils to encourage pre-school establishments to adopt sun awareness policies which include the prevention of future cases of skin cancer through the continued education of young people on the risks of exposure to UV light.

Supported by: Marlyn Glen, Elaine Smith*, Mr Stewart Maxwell*, Mrs Nanette Milne*, Mr Ted Brocklebank*

S2M-991 Trish Godman: A New Order for Ferguson Shipbuilders of Port Glasgow-That the Parliament congratulates the management and workforce of Ferguson Shipbuilders, Port Glasgow, for winning the contract to build a vessel for the Scottish Fisheries Protection Agency; believes that ministers and the officials of the agency, by placing this important order with the Port Glasgow shipyard, have shown a commendable confidence in the men and women who are employed at the yard, who rightly have an excellent reputation for the building of first-class, specialist ships, and looks forward to the yard securing other such orders in the years to come.

S2M-990 Mr Duncan McNeil: Ofgem Scottish Office-That the Parliament welcomes Ofgem's recent announcement that the Ofgem office in Scotland is central to its efforts to protect the interests of Scottish gas and electricity consumers and calls on Ofgem to work with the Scottish Executive to ensure that Scotland's targets for renewable energy, energy efficiency and fuel poverty can be met at the earliest opportunity and at the lowest cost to consumers.

S2M-988 Jeremy Purvis: Higher Education in the Borders-That the Parliament recognises the very high standard of education provided in the Scottish Borders and the high percentage of school leavers that enter into further and higher education; welcomes the applications for major investment in the further education sector for the redevelopment of Borders College, which will provide state-of-the-art facilities in Galashiels, Hawick and wider access in all other parts of the Borders; congratulates the college and other partners, including Heriot-Watt University, on their partnership working; expresses serious concern, however, that Heriot-Watt University may wish to withdraw textile design courses from the Netherdale Campus and relocate these to Edinburgh, and expresses further concern that such a move would be wholly detrimental to the partnership working that has developed and damaging to the creation of a centre of excellence in education in Netherdale for both further and higher education, founded on 130 years of provision of training and education in textiles.

Supported by: Christine Grahame

S2M-985 Carolyn Leckie: Nursery Nurses, A Just Claim-That the Parliament agrees that the nursery nurses have a just claim and that there should be a fair, nationally negotiated settlement to their current dispute.

S2M-984 Tommy Sheridan: Council Tax-That the Parliament agrees that the council tax should be abolished and replaced with an income-based alternative.

S2M-982# Colin Fox: Twentieth Anniversary of the Miners' Strike-That the Parliament recalls the historic events of the 1984-85 miners' strike which began 20 years ago this month; believes that, looking back, it was not only the most bitter political division in post-war Britain but also a turning point in politics, and believes that the defeat of the National Union of Mineworkers, after a brave and heroic struggle, ushered in two decades of unremitting attack on the rights of working people, their trade unions, their employment rights and their communities and had far-reaching political consequences across the world.

Supported by: Christine Grahame

S2M-981 Fiona Hyslop: Support for Nursery Nurses-That the Parliament appreciates the excellent pre-school education and care that nursery nurses deliver to Scotland's children; notes that their pay has not been reviewed for a considerable length of time and that the current pay negotiations have been ongoing for more than three years; regrets that nursery nurses have felt obliged to take industrial action in support of their pay claim; notes that the situation is no closer to being resolved; calls on UNISON and COSLA to redouble their efforts to find a solution and end the dispute, and further calls on the Scottish Executive to intervene to ensure that a national agreement is forthcoming, taking into account the new roles and responsibilities of nursery nurses in delivering national policies for the pre-5 curriculum, early education intervention measures, early identification of children with special support needs and vital support to deliver mainstreaming in education as established under the Standards in Scotland's Schools etc. Act 2000.

Supported by: Michael Matheson, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Tricia Marwick, Brian Adam, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Jim Mather, Shona Robison, Bruce Crawford, Mr Stewart Maxwell, Christine Grahame, Campbell Martin, Ms Sandra White, Roseanna Cunningham, Mr Bruce McFee, Alex Neil

S2M-980 Mr Alasdair Morrison: Parlamaid nan Oileanach-That the Parliament welcomes the fifth Gaelic students' Parliament, Pàrlamaid nan Oileanach, which will be taking place in Armagh this year from 14 to 16 March 2004; welcomes its contribution to the debate on diversity, and praises its organisers Iomairt Chaluim Chille, the Columba Initiative, for this important scheme which aims to bring together young Gaelic speakers from Scotland, the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland and to encourage participation in the democratic process.

The member has provided the following Gaelic translation:

Pàrlamaid nan Oileanach: Gu bheil a' Phàrlamaid a' cur fàilte air a' chòigeamh Pàrlamaid nan Oileanach, a bhios a' cruinneachadh ann an Ard Mhacha am bliadhna air 14-16 Màrt, gu bheil e a' cur fàilte air na tha i a' cur ris an deasbad air iomadachd, agus gu bheil i a' moladh Iomairt Chaluim Chille a tha ga co-ordanachadh airson an sgeama chudromaich seo, a tha ag amas air ceanglaichean a leasachadh eadar Gaidheil òga à Alba, à Poblachd na h-Èireann agus à Èireann a Tuath, agus gus com-pàirt a bhrosnachadh anns a' pròiseas dheamocratach.

The member has provided the following Irish translation:

Parlaimint na nÓg: Go bhfáiltíonn an Pharlaimint roimh an chúigiú Parlaimint na nÓg:  (Pàrlamaid nan Oileanach) a bheidh á tionól ar an 14 - 16 Márta i mbliana in Ard Mhacha, go bhfáiltíonn sí roimh a páirt sa díospóireacht faoin éagsúlacht agus go molann sé Iomairt Cholm Cille ar son an tionscnaimh  thábhachtaí seo a bhfuil d'aidhm aige cainteoirí óga Gaeilge as Albain, Poblacht na hÉireann agus Tuaisceart Éireann a thabhairt le chéile, agus páirtíocht sa phróiséas daonlathach a chur chun cinn.

Supported by: Jackie Baillie, Alex Neil*

S2M-979# The Role of the Higher and Further Education Sector in Attracting Fresh Talent (lodged on 27 February 2004) John Swinburne*

S2M-978 BT Internet Green X Code (lodged on 27 February 2004) Alex Neil*, John Swinburne*

S2M-977# Nursery Nurses' Pay and Conditions (lodged on 27 February 2004) Fiona Hyslop*

S2M-975 Gift Aid (lodged on 27 February 2004) Fiona Hyslop*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*, John Swinburne*

S2M-972# Millennium Development Goals (lodged on 27 February 2004) Shiona Baird*

S2M-971# World Health Organisation's Bone and Joint Decade 2000 to 2010 (lodged on 26 February 2004) John Swinburne*

S2M-970# Association of University Teachers' Industrial Dispute and Strike Action (lodged on 26 February 2004) John Swinburne*

S2M-969# Recognising the Contribution of Scottish Lithuanians (lodged on 26 February 2004) Alex Neil*, John Swinburne*

S2M-964 Maryhill Citizens Advice Bureau's Initiative for Asylum Seekers (lodged on 26 February 2004) John Swinburne*

S2M-963 Caithness Glass (lodged on 26 February 2004) John Swinburne*

S2M-962 Highland Peace Movement (lodged on 26 February 2004) Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Elaine Smith*

S2M-961.1# Mark Ballard: Landfill at Greengairs-As an amendment to motion (S2M-961) in the name of Karen Whitefield, insert at end "and considers that the First Minister should intervene to stop this new landfill site as a way of demonstrating that the commitment he made to environmental justice at Greengairs two years ago is matched by action."

Supported by: Alex Neil, Donald Gorrie, Fiona Hyslop*

S2M-960 Support for Scottish Farmed Salmon Industry (lodged on 26 February 2004) John Swinburne*

S2M-957 Support for Nursery Nurses' All-Out Strike Action (lodged on 25 February 2004) John Swinburne*

S2M-956# Conflicts of Interest and Vaccination Policy (lodged on 25 February 2004) John Swinburne*

S2M-955# A Recipe for Disaster (lodged on 24 February 2004) John Swinburne*

S2M-954 The Viability of Care Commission Self-Funding (lodged on 24 February 2004) John Swinburne*

S2M-932# Paul Robeson US Commemorative Stamp (lodged on 23 February 2004) John Swinburne*

S2M-931# Fountainbridge Brewery Closure (lodged on 23 February 2004) John Swinburne*

S2M-929 Support for Local Sports Clubs and Activities (lodged on 23 February 2004) John Swinburne*

S2M-916# Fuel Prices in Rural Scotland (lodged on 13 February 2004) John Scott*

S2M-916.1# Alasdair Morgan: Fuel Prices in Rural Scotland-As an amendment to motion (S2M-916) in the name of Alex Fergusson, insert at end "but recognises that the major concern for all of Scotland remains the high price of fuel generally, which results from the legacy of the fuel duty escalator introduced by the previous Conservative UK government and exacerbated by the actions of the current Labour government."

S2M-913# Dr Sylvia Jackson: Commonwealth Day 2004-That the Parliament recognises the valuable role of the Commonwealth in strengthening relationships between nations across the world; welcomes the continued contribution of Scotland and its people to those relationships; reaffirms its support for the work of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, and commends the theme of Commonwealth Day this year, "Building a Commonwealth of Freedom", that raises important issues of governance, democracy, human rights, citizenship, building communities and development that are relevant to all peoples of the Commonwealth.

Supported by: Cathy Peattie, Karen Gillon, Brian Adam, Kate Maclean, Mike Pringle, Murray Tosh, Helen Eadie, Robert Brown, Christine May, Cathie Craigie, Michael Matheson, Jackie Baillie, Maureen Macmillan, Mr Alasdair Morrison, Bill Butler, Chris Ballance, Mr Jamie Stone, Phil Gallie, Mike Watson, Sarah Boyack, Robin Harper, Murdo Fraser, Richard Lochhead, Margaret Jamieson, Alex Neil, Mrs Nanette Milne, Fiona Hyslop, Dr Elaine Murray, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Christine Grahame, Susan Deacon, Margaret Smith, Mr Brian Monteith, Donald Gorrie, Michael McMahon, Mr Keith Raffan, Iain Smith, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr David Davidson, Marilyn Livingstone, Trish Godman, Irene Oldfather, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Dr Jean Turner

S2M-866# Asbestos-Related Illnesses (lodged on 4 February 2004) Patrick Harvie*

S2M-816# The Importance of Modern Language Learning (lodged on 23 January 2004) Susan Deacon*

S2M-811# London Olympic Bid (lodged on 21 January 2004) Jim Mather*, Margo MacDonald*

S2M-746# Rob Gibson: Maternity Services in Caithness-That the Parliament notes the current review of maternity services in rural and remote communities of Caithness and north Sutherland; believes that no "one size fits all" model will deliver satisfactory solutions across the country; considers that staff shortages and widely differing geographical circumstances have to be accommodated, and further considers that the Scottish Executive should instruct NHS Scotland to draw up consultant contracts so that medical staff gain competencies in both large and small hospitals and therefore fulfil the Executive's pledge that every child in Scotland be given the best possible start in life.

Supported by: Michael Matheson, Ms Sandra White, Mr Stewart Maxwell, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Jim Mather, Carolyn Leckie, Tommy Sheridan, Linda Fabiani, Eleanor Scott, Mr Jamie Stone, Roseanna Cunningham, Maureen Macmillan, Stewart Stevenson, Mr Adam Ingram, Chris Ballance, Robin Harper, Fiona Hyslop, Mr David Davidson, Mr Bruce McFee, Mark Ballard, Alex Neil, Christine Grahame, Dr Jean Turner, Shona Robison, Bruce Crawford, Brian Adam

S2M-614 Mr Andy Kerr: Antisocial Behaviour etc. (Scotland) Bill - Financial Resolution-That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Antisocial Behaviour etc. (Scotland) Bill, agrees to any increase in expenditure charged on, and any expenditure payable out of, the Scottish Consolidated Fund in consequence of the Act.

S2M-532 Ms Margaret Curran: Antisocial Behaviour etc. (Scotland) Bill-That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Antisocial Behaviour etc. (Scotland) Bill.

Supported by: Cathy Jamieson, Peter Peacock, Ross Finnie, Mrs Mary Mulligan