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Business Bulletin No. 157/2004

Wednesday 3 November 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. Each Monday the full text of all motions lodged the previous week will appear in the Business Bulletin together with motions previously lodged that are due to be debated that week.

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-1943 Malcolm Chisholm: Domestic Abuse Services—That the Parliament recognises the very serious and totally unacceptable problem of domestic abuse in Scottish society; notes in particular the traumatic effect of domestic abuse on children and young people as well as on women; acknowledges the range of initiatives in this area that have been funded by the Scottish Executive in the last few years, and welcomes the Scottish Executive’s partnership working and its investment and work to support those experiencing domestic abuse.

Supported by: Johann Lamont*

*S2M-1942 Eleanor Scott: Solar Panels—That the Parliament commends Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles Council) on completing Scotland’s biggest photovoltaic installation at Sir E Scott School on Harris; recognises the important role that solar energy can play in helping to meet renewable energy targets and reducing climate change emissions, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to make greater efforts to ensure that the roofs of all new buildings are used to capture energy from the sun as a matter of course and to increase funding for solar panel installations by local authorities, housing associations and others to provide people currently suffering from fuel poverty with access to free energy from the sun.

*S2M-1941 Christine Grahame: Borders Rail: Delay on Business Case—That the Parliament notes the comments of David Quarmby of the Strategic Rail Authority in The Scotsman on 2 November 2004 that the business case on purely transport grounds "looks rather weak frankly" and that "I believe the section as far as Gorebridge may have a strong business case, but the project beyond that has much weaker value for money"; further notes with concern the delay by the Scottish Executive in announcing a decision anent the business case for the reinstatement of the Waverley Line from Galashiels to Edinburgh; reminds the Executive that the Parliament unanimously endorsed the restoration of the line from Edinburgh to Carlisle on 1 June 2000, that the business case was received by the Executive on 9 June 2004 and that a holding answer regarding a decision on the business case was sent to Christine Grahame MSP on 30 September 2004, and, in light of all of the above, calls on the Executive to deliver its response now.

Supported by: Rob Gibson*

*S2M-1940 Nicola Sturgeon: A Better Deal for Pensioners—That the Parliament agrees that Scotland must face up to the twin challenges of tackling current pensioner poverty and ensuring decent living standards for future generations of pensioners; believes that removing the pensions means test would help to achieve both of these objectives, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to bring pressure to bear on Her Majesty’s Government to begin the process of replacing means-testing with a citizen’s pension.

*S2M-1939 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 10 November 2004

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Executive Business

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 11 November 2004

9.30 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Executive Business

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 Procedures Committee Debate on its 6th Report 2004: A New Procedure for Members’ Bills and on its 7th Report 2004: Timescales and Stages of Bills

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 17 November 2004

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 1 Debate on the Water Services etc. (Scotland) Bill

followed by Financial Resolution in respect of the Water Services etc. (Scotland) Bill

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 18 November 2004

9.30 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 1 Debate on the Fire (Scotland) Bill

followed by Financial Resolution in respect of the Fire (Scotland) Bill

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 Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 of the Breastfeeding etc. (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Supported by: Tavish Scott*

*S2M-1938# Carolyn Leckie: Solidarity with the PCS—That the Parliament shares the concern and anger of the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union about Her Majesty’s Government’s plans to cut civil service jobs by over 100,000 and the Scottish Executive’s compliance with them, decimating services to the most vulnerable people in society at the same time; recognises that this is the biggest concerted attack on workers and trade unions since Margaret Thatcher waged war on the miners; notes that the Government and opposition in Westminster participated in an obscene bidding war by boasting about the number of job cuts they would achieve; recognises that job centres and benefits agencies and other services are to be centralised and made less accessible to those who most need them such as pensioners, the sick, disabled people, families and the poor; congratulates the members of the PCS union for taking a stand against such callousness and sends support and solidarity to the strikers on 5 November 2004, and encourages MSPs and the wider public to show their support by visiting picket lines and attending the rally at the Pavilion Theatre in Glasgow at 12 noon on Friday.

*S2M-1937 Ms Margaret Curran 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 Protection of Children and Prevention of Sexual Offences (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1.

Supported by: Tavish Scott*

*S2M-1936 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Designation of Lead Committee—That the Parliament agrees that the Equal Opportunities Committee be designated as lead committee in consideration of the Prohibition of Female Genital Mutilation (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1.

Supported by: Tavish Scott*

*S2M-1935 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Designation of Lead Committee—That the Parliament agrees that the Local Government and Transport Committee be designated as lead committee and the Enterprise and Culture Committee be designated as secondary committee in consideration of the Transport (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1.

Supported by: Tavish Scott*

*S2M-1934 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Substitution on Committees—That the Parliament agrees that Eleanor Scott be appointed to replace Mr Mark Ruskell as the Green Party substitute on the Environment and Rural Development Committee.

Supported by: Tavish Scott*

*S2M-1933 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.12) (Scotland) Order 2004 (SSI 2004/447) be approved.

Supported by: Tavish Scott*

*S2M-1932 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.11) (Scotland) Order 2004 (SSI 2004/418) be approved.

Supported by: Tavish Scott*

*S2M-1931 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (Orkney) (No.4) (Scotland) Order 2004 (SSI 2004/417) be approved.

Supported by: Tavish Scott*

*S2M-1930 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Diarrhetic Shellfish Poisoning) (East Coast) (No.3) (Scotland) Order 2004 (SSI 2004/436) be approved.

Supported by: Tavish Scott*

*S2M-1929 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (East Coast) (Scotland) Order 2004 (SSI 2004/435) be approved.

Supported by: Tavish Scott*

*S2M-1928 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Maximum Number of Judges (Scotland) Order 2004 be approved.

Supported by: Tavish Scott*

*S2M-1927 Robin Harper: Debt Education in Schools—That the Parliament notes with concern the escalation of consumer debt; further notes that the average Citizens Advice Bureau client owes £22 for every £1 earned, and calls on the Scottish Executive to introduce compulsory money management skills to the Scottish secondary school curriculum to raise awareness of the negative impact of debt which has become a common part of modern life and to help move towards a culture of responsible lending and responsible borrowing.

Supported by: Mark Ballard*, Helen Eadie*, Eleanor Scott*, Mike Pringle*, Rosie Kane*, Patrick Harvie*

S2M-1926 The Last Post (lodged on 1 November 2004) Stewart Stevenson*, Brian Adam*, Michael Matheson*, Rob Gibson*, Jim Mather*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Fergus Ewing*, Ms Sandra White*, Bruce Crawford*, Mr Bruce McFee*

*S2M-1925.1 Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: Ambitious, Excellent Schools—As an amendment to motion (S2M-1925) in the name of Peter Peacock, leave out from "supports" to end and insert "acknowledges the Scottish Executive’s agenda described in Ambitious, Excellent Schools; recognises, however, that, in order to achieve its aim of promoting ambition and encouraging excellence, schools must be granted greater autonomy and that public funds must be allowed to follow the pupil to any school of the parents’ choosing so that parents can exercise genuine choice between schools and not just within schools, encouraging the expansion of popular schools and the upgrading of unsuccessful schools."

*S2M-1925.2 Fiona Hyslop: Ambitious, Excellent Schools—As an amendment to motion (S2M-1925) in the name of Peter Peacock, leave out from "supports" to end and insert "acknowledges the publication of the proposed changes to education contained in the Scottish Executive’s Ambitious, Excellent Schools but is concerned that many of the proposals are structural, administrative and managerial in nature, depend from a resource perspective on the short-sighted presumption of continued falling school rolls and that, although they may have an impact on the educational experience of a few pupils, they will not provide comprehensive change for all and are centred on a national curriculum review which will deliver only in 2007 after the current generation of pupils has passed though school under Labour ministers of education, and urges the Executive to provide a shared national vision and strategy for education which the nation can contribute to by establishing a National Education Convention to address the persistent under-achievement of 20% of pupils and to provide a pupil-centric education system which can create the conditions for success for this generation of school pupils."

Supported by: Mr Adam Ingram*

*S2M-1925.3 Ms Rosemary Byrne: Ambitious, Excellent Schools—As an amendment to motion (S2M-1925) in the name of Peter Peacock, leave out from "supports" to end and insert "believes that all Scottish schools should be ambitious, excellent schools and that a first move towards achieving this would be to reduce all non-practical class sizes to 20 and all practical class sizes to 15 or less as part of a national minimum class size policy."

*S2M-1925.4 Robin Harper: Ambitious, Excellent Schools—As an amendment to motion (S2M-1925) in the name of Peter Peacock, leave out from "supports" to end and insert "broadly supports the Scottish Executive’s intention to modernise Scottish schools but regrets the lack of significant detail and guidance in almost every section of Ambitious, Excellent Schools; notes that this document is little more than an expression of a general intent; in particular notes the lack of guidance on the content of the six-point HMIE quality indicator scale which should include a measure of schools’ commitments to developing all pupil intelligences, including emotional, social, musical, kinaesthetic and artistic intelligence, the quality of pupil councils and levels of commitment to education for sustainability, outdoor education and education in the outdoors."

S2M-1924 Eco-friendly Architecture (lodged on 1 November 2004) Michael Matheson*, Jim Mather*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Mr Adam Ingram*, Eleanor Scott*, Ms Sandra White*, Mr Stewart Maxwell*, Bruce Crawford*, Frances Curran*, Patrick Harvie*

S2M-1920 British Council Scotland and International Education Week (lodged on 29 October 2004) Alex Neil*, Mr Kenneth Macintosh*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Karen Gillon*

*S2M-1920.1 Richard Lochhead: British Council Scotland and International Education Week—As an amendment to motion (S2M-1920) in the name of Robert Brown, insert at end "notes that the British Council has offices in 110 countries, 7,000 staff worldwide and a budget of £480 million, and believes that the activities of British Council Scotland should be more accountable to the Parliament due to the number of devolved issues that lie within its remit, including education, culture and the arts."

Supported by: Mr Stewart Maxwell*, Christine Grahame*, Rob Gibson*, Jim Mather*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Ms Sandra White*

S2M-1918 Powers over Casinos (lodged on 29 October 2004) Alex Neil*, Rosie Kane*, Roseanna Cunningham*

*S2M-1918.1 Mr Stewart Maxwell: Powers over Casinos—As an amendment to motion (S2M-1918) in the name of Robert Brown, leave out from "consideration" to end and insert "Scotland should have the powers to make these decisions for itself, the same as in any other normal and independent country."

S2M-1916# Cuts in Local Benefits Services (lodged on 28 October 2004) Mr Adam Ingram*, Michael Matheson*, Ms Sandra White*

S2M-1914 Voting Irregularities in the US Presidential Elections (lodged on 28 October 2004) Michael Matheson*

S2M-1913 The Draft Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003 Modification Order 2004 (lodged on 28 October 2004) Ms Sandra White*

S2M-1912# Pools Companies Holding Scottish Football to Ransom (lodged on 28 October 2004) Mr Andrew Welsh*, Ms Sandra White*

S2M-1911 Investigation into Pregnancy Discrimination (lodged on 28 October 2004) Marilyn Livingstone*, Ms Sandra White*

S2M-1903 10th Anniversary of the National Lottery (lodged on 27 October 2004) Ms Sandra White*

S2M-1902# Commonwealth of Learning Award for Open University Access Programme (lodged on 27 October 2004) Richard Baker*

S2M-1901 Proposed National Front March in Aberdeen (lodged on 27 October 2004) Mr Adam Ingram*, Shiona Baird*

S2M-1900# Deafblindness (lodged on 27 October 2004) Ms Sandra White*

S2M-1840# Science and the Parliament Event, 10 November 2004 (lodged on 7 October 2004) Des McNulty*, Brian Adam*, Maureen Macmillan*, Ms Wendy Alexander*

S2M-1837# Diabetes in Scotland (lodged on 7 October 2004) Marilyn Livingstone*

*S2M-1536.3# Bristow Muldoon: Better Access to Small Claims and Summary Cause Procedures—As an amendment to motion (S2M-1536) in the name of Mr John Home Robertson, insert at end "recognises, however, that there is no case for increasing the limits in relation to personal injury cases and that they, therefore, should be excluded from any increase; considers that, in line with victims’ present rights, all personal injury cases with a value of £1,500 or more should be capable of enjoying the benefits of the dedicated personal injury procedure at the Court of Session without any penalty in relation to expenses; recognises that, unless personal injury cases are excluded from any increase, this would represent a substantial restriction in rights and access to justice for victims of accident and disease and would threaten the viability of trade unions’ legal services, and acknowledges that excluding personal injury cases would be in line with the position in England where personal injury cases with a value in excess of £1,000 are excluded from the small claims limit of £5,000, thereby ensuring that Scottish victims of accident and disease are not at a disadvantage as compared to English victims and are, therefore, not prejudiced by reason of geography as would be the case if personal injury actions are not excluded."

 

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