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Business Bulletin No. 75 / 2004

Wednesday 5th May 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-1267 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Nature Conservation (Scotland) Bill - Business Motion-That the Parliament agrees that, during the Stage 3 proceedings of the Nature Conservation (Scotland) Bill, debate on each part of those proceedings shall be brought to a conclusion by the time-limits indicated (each time-limit being calculated from when Stage 3 begins and excluding any periods when other business is under consideration or when the meeting of the Parliament is suspended or otherwise not in progress):

Groups 1 and 2 - no later than 20 minutes

Groups 3 to 7 - no later than 35 minutes

Groups 8, 9 and 10 - no later than 1 hour 5 minutes

Groups 11 and 12 - no later than 1 hour 35 minutes

Groups 13 and 14 - no later than 1 hour 55 minutes

Motion to pass the Bill - no later than 2 hours 25 minutes

Supported by: Tavish Scott*

*S2M-1266 Allan Wilson: Scotland's Beaches - A National Resource-That the Parliament recognises the importance of Scottish beaches in attracting visitors to Scotland; welcomes the results of the recent Keep Scotland Beautiful survey of resort beaches with the granting of Seaside Awards to 40 Scottish beaches including 14 new recipients; acknowledges the impact of beach litter as highlighted in the recent Marine Conservation Society's Beachwatch 2003 Report; commends the partnership approach taken between the Scottish Executive and other bodies to help address the issues raised in Beachwatch 2003; endorses the continuation of that approach, and encourages the public to take more responsibility for its own litter to ensure that Scotland's beaches continue to be a valued and productive national resource.

Supported by: Ross Finnie*

*S2M-1265 Jackie Baillie: National Pet Week - 1 to 9 May 2004-That the Parliament supports the 16th National Pet Week which runs from 1 to 9 May 2004; welcomes its aims of seeking to promote the importance of preventative care as part of responsible pet ownership, to raise awareness of the important role of animal health professionals and of working animals; further welcomes the Scottish Executive's proposals to revise animal welfare legislation in Scotland, and hopes that enhanced and more effective animal welfare legislation will be introduced as soon as possible.

*S2M-1264 Irene Oldfather: Congratulations to Julie Fleeting-That the Parliament congratulates Julie Fleeting on her historic achievement of scoring a hat-trick for Arsenal in the English Women's FA Cup Final on Sunday, winning the match for her team; notes that the televised game was watched by an estimated two million viewers; agrees that Ms Fleeting is an excellent ambassador for Scottish women's football; acknowledges the contribution she makes to the community of Cunninghame South in her role as a physical education teacher in Kilwinning, and wishes her every continued success in her footballing career, both at club and international level.

*S2M-1263# Richard Lochhead: Proposed Post Office Closures in North East Scotland-That the Parliament expresses its concern over the recent announcement by Post Office Ltd that it intends to close a number of post offices in the north east of Scotland, including one third of the urban post offices in Aberdeen; believes that post offices are a vital part of any community, providing as they do a vital service to some of Scotland's most vulnerable groups; believes that the closure of a substantial number of post offices would have an enormously detrimental impact on those who rely on this vital service, and believes that the Scottish Executive should exert pressure upon the appropriate authorities to ensure that an adequate post office provision is maintained and make representations to Post Office Ltd in order to prevent detrimental closures from being allowed to take place.

Supported by: Mrs Nanette Milne*, Alex Johnstone*, Jim Mather*

*S2M-1262 Donald Gorrie: Sectarian Marches-That the Parliament is concerned about the disruptive effect on communities caused by the large number of sectarian marches, for example over 300 annually both in Glasgow and in North Lanarkshire, and proposes setting up, in the area of each council significantly affected by marches, a body representative of the council, police, organisations promoting marches and communities repeatedly marched through, which would seek voluntary agreement on fewer marches being held, on conventions governing legitimate reasons for marches and on the choice of routes acceptable to local communities, as guidance to councils and police in their decisions about giving permission for marches.

*S2M-1261 Donald Gorrie: Vetting of Developers and Beneficiaries in Planning Applications-That the Parliament considers that, in order to reduce criminal activity and money laundering, the proposed new Planning Bill should introduce the requirement that local planning authorities request and receive suitability reports from police and other relevant authorities to ensure that, to receive planning consent for a significant development or to acquire that consent, developers and beneficiaries must show that they are fit and proper persons.

*S2M-1260 Donald Gorrie: Acclaim for National Trust for Scotland Site at Culloden-That the Parliament congratulates the National Trust for Scotland on the high ranking given by American archaeologists to the battlefield of Culloden and urges local authorities, tourist organisations and the owners of famous battlefields, such as Bannockburn, Stirling Bridge, Falkirk, Killiecrankie, Prestonpans and the sites of Montrose's battles, to co-operate in developing these as exciting places for Scots and tourists to visit as part of an overall policy to recognise Scotland's heritage and develop it as a valuable educational and tourist resource.

*S2M-1259 Donald Gorrie: Local Authorities' Right to Appeal on Planning Issues-That the Parliament considers that the proposed new Planning Bill should include the right of a local authority, if it can demonstrate widespread public support for its views, to appeal on planning grounds to the Scottish Executive and Court of Session against a decision by a Reporter.

*S2M-1258 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion-That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business-

Tuesday 18 May 2004

9.30 am Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Executive Debate on Hearings Review - Getting it Right for Every Child

2.30 pm Continuation of Executive Debate on Hearings Review - Getting it Right for Every Child

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Wednesday 19 May 2004

9.30 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party Business

2.30 pm Executive Debate on Sustainable Management of Scotland's Marine Environment

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Thursday 20 May 2004

9.30 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Executive Debate on Skills and Continued Learning

12 noon First Minister's Question Time

2.00 pm Question Time-

Education and Young People, Tourism, Culture and Sport;

Finance and Public Services and Communities;

General Questions.

3.00 pm Executive Debate on Major Events and Festivals in Scotland

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Wednesday 2 June 2004

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish National Party Business

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Thursday 3 June 2004

9.30 am Executive Business

12 noon First Minister's Question Time

2.00 pm Question Time-

Environment and Rural Development;

Health and Community Care;

General Questions

3.00 pm Stage 1 Debate on the Tenements (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business

Supported by: Tavish Scott*

*S2M-1257 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion-That the Parliament agrees as a revision to the programme of business for Thursday 6 May 2004-

 

Thursday 6 May 2004

delete,

3.00 pm Executive Debate on Scotland's Beaches - A National Resource

insert,

3.00 pm Ministerial Statement

followed by Executive Debate on Scotland's Beaches - A National Resource

Supported by: Tavish Scott*

*S2M-1256 Miss Annabel Goldie: Young Musician of the Year Award-That the Parliament congratulates Nicola Benedetti on her outstanding achievement in winning the BBC young musician of the year award; recognises that this is the first time in the history of the award that the title has been won by a young Scottish musician, and welcomes the very positive image of Scotland as a centre of cultural excellence represented by the award.

*S2M-1255 Bristow Muldoon on behalf of the Selection Panel: Appointment of the Commissioner for Public Appointments in Scotland-That the Parliament nominates Karen Carlton to Her Majesty The Queen for appointment as the Commissioner for Public Appointments in Scotland.

*S2M-1254# Jackie Baillie: Support for Microcredit-That the Parliament recognises the valuable role of microcredit programmes across the world in helping to lift people out of poverty through social and economic development; notes that microcredit is particularly useful in empowering women through affordable credit, savings and support for self-employment; further notes the achievements of the Wellpark Enterprise Centre, Glasgow, in providing information, advice, training and counselling for women in business and in acting as a gateway to microcredit initiatives in Scotland; recognises the importance of Scottish Enterprise's National Microcredit Programme, and considers that the Scottish Executive should further promote the development of microcredit initiatives in Scotland leading up to the UN International Year of Microcredit in 2005.

*S2M-1253 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion-That the Parliament agrees-

(i) that the Justice 2 Committee reports to the Justice 1 Committee by 14 May 2004 on the Act of Sederunt (Fees of Solicitors and Witnesses in the Sheriff Court) (Amendment No.2) 2004 (SSI 2004/196); and

(ii) that the Justice 1 Committee reports to the Justice 2 Committee by 14 May 2004 on the Supervised Attendance Order (Prescribed Courts) (Scotland) Order 2004 (SSI 2004/194); and by 21 May 2004 on the European Communities (Services of Lawyers) Amendment (Scotland) Order 2004 (SSI 2004/186).

Supported by: Tavish Scott*

*S2M-1252 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI-That the Parliament agrees that the draft Town and Country Planning (Fees for Applications and Deemed Applications) (Scotland) Regulations 2004 be approved.

Supported by: Tavish Scott*

*S2M-1251 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Designation of Lead Committee-That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 2 Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the Supervised Attendance Order (Prescribed Courts) (Scotland) Order 2004 (SSI 2004/194).

Supported by: Tavish Scott*

*S2M-1250 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Designation of Lead Committee-That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 2 Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the European Communities (Services of Lawyers) Amendment (Scotland) Order 2004 (SSI 2004/186).

Supported by: Tavish Scott*

*S2M-1249 Patricia Ferguson on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Designation of Lead Committee-That the Parliament agrees that the Justice 1 Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the Act of Sederunt (Fees of Solicitors and Witnesses in the Sheriff Court) (Amendment No.2) 2004 (SSI 2004/196).

Supported by: Tavish Scott*

*S2M-1248 Brian Adam: Condemnation of Post Office Closures in Aberdeen-That the Parliament condemns Post Office Ltd's proposals to close 14 out of Aberdeen's 40 post offices and calls on the Scottish Executive to make the strongest possible representations to prevent these wholesale closures.

S2M-1247 World Asthma Day - Living on a Knife Edge (lodged on 30 April 2004) Colin Fox*, Mike Pringle*, Murray Tosh*, Margaret Smith*

S2M-1246 Johnstone High School Success (lodged on 30 April 2004) Murray Tosh*, Ms Sandra White*, Mr Stewart Maxwell*, Des McNulty*, Mr Jamie Stone*

S2M-1245 Sunday Times "Rich List" and the Redistribution of Wealth (lodged on 30 April 2004) Carolyn Leckie*, Frances Curran*, Colin Fox*

S2M-1244 Plaid Cymru Leader's Comments on Draft European Constitution (lodged on 30 April 2004) Carolyn Leckie*, Frances Curran*

S2M-1243 Directors' Salaries and an Equitable Wage Differential (lodged on 30 April 2004) Carolyn Leckie*, Frances Curran*, Colin Fox*

S2M-1242 Cost of Invasion and Occupation of Iraq (lodged on 30 April 2004) Carolyn Leckie*, Frances Curran*, Colin Fox*

S2M-1241 Withdrawal of Spanish Armed Service Personnel from Iraq (lodged on 30 April 2004) Carolyn Leckie*, Frances Curran*

S2M-1240 Chinese Army Invite to Military Tattoo (lodged on 30 April 2004) Mike Pringle*

S2M-1239# World Lupus Day (lodged on 30 April 2004) Christine Grahame*, Jackie Baillie*, Mary Scanlon*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Colin Fox*, Carolyn Leckie*, Pauline McNeill*, Mr Adam Ingram*, Maureen Macmillan*, Mr David Davidson*, Ms Sandra White*, Tommy Sheridan*, Shiona Baird*, Chris Ballance*, Margaret Jamieson*, Murray Tosh*, Dr Elaine Murray*, Mr Kenneth Macintosh*, Elaine Smith*

S2M-1238# STUC and Advertising in Schools (lodged on 30 April 2004) Christine Grahame*, Carolyn Leckie*, Frances Curran*, Mike Pringle*

S2M-1237# Thrive Scotland Exhibition (lodged on 30 April 2004) Christine Grahame*, Mike Pringle*

S2M-1236 Europe Day - 9 May 2004 (lodged on 29 April 2004) Mike Pringle*

S2M-1235# Space Invaders (lodged on 29 April 2004) Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Michael McMahon*, Christine May*, Margaret Jamieson*, Elaine Smith*, Phil Gallie*, Jackie Baillie*, Bristow Muldoon*, Christine Grahame*, Eleanor Scott*, Mike Pringle*, Des McNulty*

S2M-1234# Expansion of Services Provided by the Food Train (lodged on 29 April 2004) Bill Butler*, Elaine Smith*, David Mundell*, Scott Barrie*, Mr Jamie Stone*, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton*, Mr Kenneth Macintosh*

S2M-1233 Borders Cancerline for Welfare Benefits Advice (lodged on 29 April 2004) Phil Gallie*, Mr Adam Ingram*, Mr Stewart Maxwell*

S2M-1230 Latin American Plantation Bananas (lodged on 29 April 2004) Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Tommy Sheridan*, Colin Fox*

S2M-1229# Competitive School Sport (lodged on 29 April 2004) Phil Gallie*

S2M-1228 Business in Parliament Conference (lodged on 29 April 2004) Mr Keith Raffan*, Scott Barrie*

S2M-1227 Unseen (lodged on 29 April 2004) Mr Adam Ingram*, Carolyn Leckie*, Frances Curran*, Mr Stewart Maxwell*, Ms Sandra White*

S2M-1226 Independent Clinical Research Trials (lodged on 29 April 2004) Christine Grahame*, Fiona Hyslop*

S2M-1225 Commemoration of Chernobyl Accident (lodged on 28 April 2004) Christine Grahame*, Fiona Hyslop*

S2M-1224 Imprisonment of Kurdish MPs in Turkey (lodged on 28 April 2004) Fiona Hyslop*

S2M-1222 Agenda for Change (lodged on 28 April 2004) Colin Fox*

S2M-1217 Aberdeen Schools' Chess Success (lodged on 27 April 2004) Mr Jamie Stone*, Ms Sandra White*, Shiona Baird*, Mrs Nanette Milne*

S2M-1215 Hate Crime Against Disabled People (lodged on 27 April 2004) Phil Gallie*

S2M-1214# Stamping Out Racism in Football (lodged on 27 April 2004) Colin Fox*, Murray Tosh*

S2M-1208# Back to School Day (lodged on 27 April 2004) Christine Grahame*

S2M-1206# Harestanes Wind Farm Planning Application (lodged on 26 April 2004) Phil Gallie*

*S2M-1206.1# Chris Ballance: Harestanes Wind Farm Planning Application-As an amendment to motion (S2M-1206) in the name of Dr Elaine Murray, leave out from "with concern" to end and insert, "Scottish Power's application to erect 94 turbines each 411 feet high, in the Forest of Ae in Dumfries and Galloway, notes that Scottish Power's ballot of local people attending the exhibitions on the proposal showed twice as many people in support as against the project, which will bring an index-linked 250,000 to the region in community support; further notes that the generation capacity of the wind farm is equivalent to that of Chapelcross nuclear power station, and believes that a public inquiry may be advisable for a development of this size."

S2M-1204# Newton Dee Village Community (lodged on 26 April 2004) Phil Gallie*

S2M-1201# Local Television (lodged on 26 April 2004) Shiona Baird*, Jim Mather*, Patrick Harvie*, Richard Lochhead*

S2M-1200 10th Anniversary of Democracy in South Africa (lodged on 26 April 2004) Christine Grahame*

S2M-1197# 1911 and 1921 Census Records (lodged on 26 April 2004) Mr Kenny MacAskill*, Rob Gibson*, Murray Tosh*, Mike Pringle*, Ms Sandra White*, Linda Fabiani*, Shiona Baird*, Chris Ballance*

S2M-1195 Private Prisons (lodged on 22 April 2004) Elaine Smith*

S2M-1194# Recognition of Jack Vettriano (lodged on 22 April 2004) Pauline McNeill*, Elaine Smith*

S2M-1186 Death of Ronnie Simpson (lodged on 21 April 2004) Phil Gallie*

S2M-1183# Closure of Queen Mother's Hospital (lodged on 20 April 2004) Pauline McNeill*

S2M-1182 Successful Completion of A1 Expressway (lodged on 20 April 2004) Phil Gallie*

S2M-1176# Abolish Prescription Charges (lodged on 19 April 2004) Elaine Smith*

S2M-1175 Global Campaign for Education's Biggest Ever Lobby of Politicians and Legislatures (lodged on 16 April 2004) Elaine Smith*

S2M-1173 Congratulations for Most Improved Beach (lodged on 15 April 2004) Elaine Smith*

S2M-1171# Fair Trade Footballs (lodged on 15 April 2004) Elaine Smith*

S2M-1165# Shirley McKie (lodged on 14 April 2004) Shiona Baird*

S2M-1161 Suffragette Pardon (lodged on 13 April 2004) Elaine Smith*

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

S2M-1155 Launch of the Gretna-Lockerbie-Annan Economic Regeneration Prospectus (lodged on 6 April 2004) Phil Gallie*

S2M-1154 Kenny Richey, a Scot on Death Row (lodged on 5 April 2004) Elaine Smith*

S2M-1145# Threat to Jobs at TransBus International (lodged on 1 April 2004) Elaine Smith*

S2M-1138 The Kenny Macintyre Media Centre (lodged on 31 March 2004) Phil Gallie*, Elaine Smith*

S2M-1136# Scotland's Equine Sports Industry (lodged on 31 March 2004) Phil Gallie*

S2M-1134 Remembering Mick McGahey (lodged on 31 March 2004) Elaine Smith*

S2M-1133 May Day 2004 Edinburgh (lodged on 31 March 2004) Elaine Smith*

S2M-1130 218 Time Out Centre, Glasgow (lodged on 31 March 2004) Elaine Smith*

*S2M-1028*#* Chris Ballance: Protection of Aucheninnes Moss-That the Parliament recognises that Aucheninnes Moss in Dumfries and Galloway is one of the few examples of active raised bog habitat that survives in the lowlands and as such has significant conservation value at local, regional and even international level; is concerned about the decision to destroy the habitat at Aucheninnes Moss and replace it with a landfill site; is further concerned that this action threatens the extinction of two species of insect in Scotland, the bog bush-cricket (Metrioptera brachyptera) and the Sorrel pygmy moth (Enteucha acetosae) and that it will also destroy a population of the endangered large heath butterfly (Coenonympha tullia) and a foraging area for vulnerable nightjars (Caprimulgus europaeus); welcomes the report by Buglife, The Invertebrate Conservation Trust, showing that Aucheninnes Moss fits the EU Habitats Directive category of an "active raised bog" habitat and also the category "degraded raised bog capable of regeneration", and, therefore, *considers that* the Scottish Executive *should* request that Scottish Natural Heritage afford Aucheninnes Moss protection by designating it a Special Area of Conservation.

S2M-862# Epilepsy Scotland - Golden Jubilee (lodged on 4 February 2004) Christine Grahame*

 

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