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Business Bulletin No. 64 / 2004

Monday 19th April 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-1175 Robert Brown: Global Campaign for Education's Biggest Ever Lobby of Politicians and Legislatures-That the Parliament commends the aims of the Global Campaign for Education to realise the Millennium Development Goals and to implement the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child; expresses its concern that an estimated 115 million children around the world are denied basic education; demonstrates its commitment towards meeting the Millennium Development Goals by supporting the Global Campaign for Education's Biggest Ever Lobby of politicians and legislatures around the world on 20 April 2004, recognising the involvement of young people in the democratic process and the value of securing education for all children in Scotland and around the world, and seeks to further promote and resource education for global citizenship and sustainable development within the Scottish school curriculum.

*S2M-1174 Patrick Harvie: Recycling in Glasgow-That the Parliament expresses concern at the loss of recycling facilities from supermarkets in Glasgow; considers that supermarkets have a responsibility to make provision for recycling, given the huge amount of packaging generated by their business, but that a reasonable level of service from local authorities is necessary in order to keep "bring sites" in good order, and urges Glasgow City Council to give greater priority to ensuring that Glasgow residents can access recycling services either from home or from local facilities in their community.

Supported by: Nora Radcliffe*, Robert Brown*

*S2M-1173 Marlyn Glen: Congratulations for Most Improved Beach-That the Parliament congratulates the community of Montrose on their beach's entry amongst the Seaside Award Winning Beaches in 2004 and notes its further distinction to have been judged the most improved beach in Britain.

*S2M-1172# Robert Brown: Loss of Green Space and Leisure Facilities in Glasgow-That the Parliament notes with concern the continuing loss of green space in Glasgow and other areas due to planning encroachment and, in particular, the threat to the future of bowling greens, tennis courts, football fields, allotments and similar facilities and believes that the Scottish Executive and local authorities should review land use policies, strengthen the protection of green space and leisure facilities, enforce local planning policies, conservation and other planning protections stringently and halt the development for other purposes of green space and leisure areas in pressurised urban communities.

Supported by: Mark Ballard*, Patrick Harvie*, Mr Kenny MacAskill*, Robin Harper*, Donald Gorrie*, Mr Jamie Stone*

*S2M-1171# Mark Ballard: Fair Trade Footballs-That the Parliament notes the adverse publicity over the production, often by children, of footballs in sweatshop conditions and therefore welcomes the launch of "fairdealfootballs", fair trade footballs of "FIFA monitored international matchball" quality, and considers that the Scottish Football Association should take action to make fair trade footballs standard amongst all league and junior football clubs in Scotland.

Supported by: Robin Harper*

*S2M-1170# Shiona Baird: Support for Scottish Renewables-That the Parliament, while commending plans for the world's first grid-connected wave power installation, notes with dismay that, though the wave farm will use cutting-edge technology developed in Scotland by an enterprising Scottish company, it will be established in Portugal rather than Scotland; expresses, therefore, its grave concern and deep regret that Scotland is already missing an opportunity to gain the commercial advantage necessary to compete in this emerging and important market, particularly in the manufacture of wave power machines, and considers that the Scottish Executive should emulate the Portuguese Government's support mechanism to guarantee that emerging renewable energy technologies, including wave power, are, as a priority, given the support that is necessary to ensure the technical development and financial security that is needed to be able to move from research and development to full-scale and rapid commercialisation in Scotland.

*S2M-1169 Ross Finnie: The Draft Community Right to Buy (Definition of Excluded Land) (Scotland) Order 2004-That the Justice 1 Committee recommends that the draft Community Right to Buy (Definition of Excluded Land) (Scotland) Order 2004 be approved.

Supported by: Allan Wilson*

*S2M-1168 Cathy Jamieson: The Draft Sexual Offences Act 2003 (Travel Notification Requirements) (Scotland) Regulations 2004-That the Justice 1 Committee recommends that the draft Sexual Offences Act 2003 (Travel Notification Requirements) (Scotland) Regulations 2004 be approved.

Supported by: Hugh Henry*

*S2M-1167 Ms Margaret Curran: The Draft Town and Country Planning (Fees for Applications and Deemed Applications) (Scotland) Regulations 2004-That the Communities Committee recommends that the draft Town and Country Planning (Fees for Applications and Deemed Applications) (Scotland) Regulations 2004 be approved.

Supported by: Mrs Mary Mulligan*

*S2M-1166 Robin Harper: Lack of Outdoor Education Policy-That the Parliament recognises the decline in outdoor education over the last twenty years; congratulates the following councils on their allocation of funds to refurbish outdoor centres: City of Edinburgh (Bernice and Lagganlia), East Lothian (Innerwick), Falkirk (The Old Mill), Fife (Ardroy and Lochore), Glasgow (Blairvaddich), Inverclyde (Battery Park) and Renfrew (Castle Semple); further congratulates Scottish Borders for its support for environmental studies and orienteering, and calls on the Scottish Executive to publish policies on outdoor education and education in the outdoors, issue guidelines to local authorities and to recognise the central part that such an approach could play in the education of our young people.

Supported by: Fiona Hyslop*

*S2M-1165# Alasdair Morgan: Shirley McKie-That the Parliament notes that Strathclyde Police has been granted a court order entitling it to seek recovery of legal expenses of £13,000 from Shirley McKie following unsuccessful legal action raised by her against the board; recognises that, while Strathclyde Police may be legally entitled to seek recovery of this sum, there is no moral case for it to do so following the acquittal of Shirley McKie on a charge of perjury in the High Court of Justiciary, and considers that Strathclyde Police should abandon further attempts to recover this sum.

Supported by: Fiona Hyslop*

*S2M-1164 Robin Harper: Flood Management Research-That the Parliament notes recommendations made by experts in evidence to the Transport and the Environment Committee during the progress of the Water Environment and Water Services (Scotland) Bill in the last session of the Parliament; is concerned about the continued problem of flooding affecting Scotland, and therefore calls upon the Scottish Executive to fund a series of research projects in order to investigate the advantages and feasibility of, and limitations on, changes in catchment land use, including forestry and arable and pastoral farming, in order to complement other forthcoming research and help implementation of existing commitments to sustainable flood management.

*S2M-1163 Rosie Kane: Environmental Audit-That the Parliament notes the report of Her Majesty's Government's Sustainable Development Commission into the government's environmental policy and condemns outright the fact that Her Majesty's Government has failed to agree a 60% reduction in road and air emissions, has continued in its environmentally-damaging road building policy which if unchecked will result in a 25% increase in the volume of traffic in the next seven years, has failed to introduce European directives on waste with the result that waste production has increased faster than recycling, has failed to tackle poverty with more than 3.5 million children still living in poverty, has failed to promote good health with both obesity and asthma levels increasing and has failed to tackle the growing housing shortage with most housing unaffordable for young people.

*S2M-1162 Robin Harper: Sustainable Development Commission Report-That the Parliament welcomes the report by the UK Sustainable Development Commission, Shows Progress - But Must Try Harder; agrees with the commission's criticism of government's fundamental belief that economic growth should be the driving force behind all policy decisions; agrees that far more effort needs to be made to differentiate between sustainable growth that generates wealth and social benefits without damaging the environment and unsustainable growth that damages people's real quality of life; notes that, of the twenty specific challenges for government laid down by the Commission, more than half fall within the power of the Scottish Executive; notes that challenge 9 of the report calls specifically on devolved administrations to "turn the initial strategies for sustainability that they have formulated into central and effective drivers for change over the next five years", and calls on the Executive to take up that challenge and for the Sub-Committee on a Sustainable Scotland to publish a response that addresses the other challenges that fall within its powers.

*S2M-1161 Ms Rosemary Byrne: Suffragette Pardon-That the Parliament notes the 90th anniversary of the end of the militant campaign of the suffragette movement in Scotland; recognises that the sentences handed down to suffragette prisoners and the treatment of those prisoners when convicted were politically motivated and bore no relation to the acts committed, and calls on the Scottish Executive to put pressure on Her Majesty's Government for a posthumous pardon for the Scottish suffragette women who were convicted during this important period in women's history.

Supported by: Christine Grahame*, Fiona Hyslop*

*S2M-1160 David Mundell: BBC Scotland Local TV News Bulletins-That the Parliament notes that a recent BBC review of news programming confirmed that audiences wanted more local broadcasting; welcomes the comments of BBC Scotland Controller, Ken MacQuarrie, indicating that the BBC in Scotland is now considering providing local TV news bulletins to run alongside its existing output, and looks forward to the pilot scheme which, Mr MacQuarrie stated, would probably take place in the south west of Scotland.

Supported by: Christine Grahame*

S2M-1157 Congratulations to Torryburn Primary School (lodged on 8 April 2004) Pauline McNeill*, Elaine Smith*, Jackie Baillie*

S2M-1156# Siting of New Transport Agency in Glasgow (lodged on 7 April 2004) Patrick Harvie*

S2M-1154 Kenny Richey, a Scot on Death Row (lodged on 5 April 2004) Christine Grahame*, Fiona Hyslop*, Mark Ballard*

S2M-1153 Support for the Scots Language (lodged on 5 April 2004) Christine Grahame*

S2M-1152 Harris Superquarry (lodged on 2 April 2004) Ms Sandra White*, Mark Ballard*

S2M-1151# Posthumous Pardon for Suffragette Prisoners (lodged on 2 April 2004) Ms Sandra White*, Christine Grahame*, Fiona Hyslop*, Pauline McNeill*, Mark Ballard*, Susan Deacon*, Nicola Sturgeon*, Rob Gibson*, Dr Elaine Murray*, Nora Radcliffe*, Donald Gorrie*, Mr Kenny MacAskill*, Patrick Harvie*

S2M-1150 Respite Care for Young Disabled Persons in Forth Valley (lodged on 2 April 2004) Ms Sandra White*, Fiona Hyslop*

S2M-1149 Sellafield Clean Up (lodged on 2 April 2004) Christine Grahame*

S2M-1148 Fire-Safe Cigarettes (lodged on 2 April 2004) Tommy Sheridan*, Chris Ballance*, Ms Sandra White*, Christine Grahame*, Rob Gibson*, Richard Lochhead*, Stewart Stevenson*, Brian Adam*, Alex Neil*, Robert Brown*

S2M-1147 Threat to TransBus Plants at Larbert and Camelon (lodged on 1 April 2004) Ms Sandra White*, Christine Grahame*

S2M-1146 EOC "It's Time to Get Even" Campaign (lodged on 1 April 2004) Christine Grahame*

S2M-1145# Threat to Jobs at TransBus International (lodged on 1 April 2004) Christine Grahame*, Karen Gillon*

S2M-1144# Chiropody Care (lodged on 1 April 2004) Tommy Sheridan*, Chris Ballance*, Ms Sandra White*, Carolyn Leckie*, Fergus Ewing*, Christine Grahame*

S2M-1140 Swimming for Senior Citizens (lodged on 31 March 2004) Ms Sandra White*, Christine Grahame*

S2M-1138 The Kenny Macintyre Media Centre (lodged on 31 March 2004) Karen Gillon*, Susan Deacon*

S2M-1137# Standard Life Job Losses (lodged on 31 March 2004) Ms Sandra White*

S2M-1136# Scotland's Equine Sports Industry (lodged on 31 March 2004) Ms Sandra White*

S2M-1134 Remembering Mick McGahey (lodged on 31 March 2004) Ms Sandra White*

S2M-1132.1 Chardon LL Maize (lodged on 31 March 2004) Tommy Sheridan*

S2M-1132.2 Chardon LL Maize (lodged on 1 April 2004) Ms Sandra White*

S2M-1131 Congratulations on the Building of the New Dawn (lodged on 31 March 2004) Ms Sandra White*

S2M-1130 218 Time Out Centre, Glasgow (lodged on 31 March 2004) Ms Sandra White*

S2M-1128 National Depression Week, 19 to 25 April 2004 (lodged on 30 March 2004) Ms Sandra White*, Campbell Martin*, Mr Stewart Maxwell*, Brian Adam*, Patrick Harvie*, Fergus Ewing*, Robin Harper*, Kate Maclean*, Mr David Davidson*, Bruce Crawford*, David Mundell*, Fiona Hyslop*, Rob Gibson*

S2M-1127 GATS and Water (lodged on 30 March 2004) Tommy Sheridan*

S2M-1115# Promoting Regional and Minority Languages of Scotland (lodged on 29 March 2004) Tommy Sheridan*

S2M-1113# Amnesty International's Campaign to Stop Violence Against Women (lodged on 29 March 2004) Tommy Sheridan*, Dr Jean Turner*

S2M-1110# President of COSLA Should Resign (lodged on 25 March 2004) Tommy Sheridan*

S2M-1109 Gynaecology Services in NHS Argyll and Clyde (lodged on 25 March 2004) Ms Sandra White*

S2M-1108# North East Regional Sports Facilities (lodged on 25 March 2004) Tommy Sheridan*

S2M-1105 Congratulations to the Young People of Middlefield for their Bus Shelter Artwork (lodged on 25 March 2004) Tommy Sheridan*, Dr Jean Turner*

S2M-1104# Congratulations to the University of Edinburgh for Use of Renewable Energy (lodged on 25 March 2004) Robert Brown*

S2M-1103 Midnight Football Programme (lodged on 25 March 2004) Tommy Sheridan*

S2M-1099 Road Safety and World Health Day, 7 April 2004 (lodged on 25 March 2004) Tommy Sheridan*

S2M-1098 Richard Lochhead on behalf of the European and External Relations Committee: Enlargement of the European Union-That the Parliament welcomes the enlargement of the European Union that will see 10 new member states join on 1 May 2004; recognises that this provides both challenges and opportunities to Scotland, and encourages the Scottish Executive to promote actively the benefits of enlargement across Scotland.

S2M-1097 Man's Inhumanity to Man (lodged on 24 March 2004) Dennis Canavan*

S2M-1093 New Scandinavia/Inverness Air Service (lodged on 24 March 2004) Mr Jamie Stone*

S2M-1092 Campsie Memorial Hall Premature Closure (lodged on 23 March 2004) Tommy Sheridan*

S2M-1087 Parentline Scotland (lodged on 23 March 2004) Tommy Sheridan*

S2M-1076# Tricia Marwick: MS Awareness Week-That the Parliament pays tribute to the work carried out by the Multiple Sclerosis Society in helping thousands of people with multiple sclerosis across Scotland; welcomes MS Awareness Week, 18 to 25 April 2004, as an ideal opportunity to raise awareness of a condition that affects over 10,000 people in Scotland; recognises that there remain serious shortcomings in treatment and support for multiple sclerosis in Scotland, and believes that the Scottish Executive should develop a national standard of care for people with multiple sclerosis to ensure that levels of treatment and support are the same regardless of where in Scotland they live.

Supported by: Mark Ballard, Donald Gorrie, Robin Harper, Bruce Crawford, Des McNulty, Shiona Baird, Fergus Ewing, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Murray Tosh, Brian Adam, Mr David Davidson, Frances Curran, Alex Neil, David Mundell, Ms Sandra White, Christine Grahame, Mr Stewart Maxwell, Eleanor Scott, Stewart Stevenson, Carolyn Leckie, Tommy Sheridan, Jeremy Purvis, Mr Adam Ingram, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Pauline McNeill, John Swinburne, Richard Lochhead, Jackie Baillie, Roseanna Cunningham, Mike Pringle, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Fiona Hyslop, John Scott, Elaine Smith, Dr Jean Turner, Linda Fabiani, Chris Ballance, Mrs Nanette Milne, Robert Brown, Shona Robison, Jim Mather*, Mr Bruce McFee*

S2M-1075# Local Councils on Alcohol (lodged on 19 March 2004) Robert Brown*

S2M-1073 Free Postage to Gulf Soldiers (lodged on 18 March 2004) Dennis Canavan*

S2M-1072# World Water Day 2004 (lodged on 18 March 2004) Dennis Canavan*

S2M-1068 Prostate Cancer Awareness Week, 22 to 28 March 2004 (lodged on 18 March 2004) Dennis Canavan*

S2M-1064 Blood Donations in the Parliament (lodged on 18 March 2004) Dennis Canavan*

S2M-1062 Support for Sport and Youth Activities (lodged on 17 March 2004) Dennis Canavan*

S2M-1041# Tribute to the Women of Mining Communities (lodged on 12 March 2004) Dennis Canavan*

S2M-1028 Protection of Aucheninnes Moss (lodged on 9 March 2004) Stewart Stevenson*, Bill Aitken*, Fiona Hyslop*, David McLetchie*