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Business Bulletin No. 170/2004

Monday 22 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-2045 John Swinburne: Concessions for Senior Citizens at CIS League Cup Final—That the Parliament believes that the football clubs involved in the forthcoming CIS League Cup semi-final matches should review their pricing position, as set out to the Scottish Football League, of charging all spectators full price to attend these matches; calls for a concession for senior citizens to enable them to see their clubs play in all competitions, and believes, therefore, that all clubs should give greater consideration to those fans who have spent a lifetime supporting their teams. R

*S2M-2044# Helen Eadie: Supported Employment Learning Initiative Funding—That the Parliament supports the simplification of the process for accessing funds for learning initiatives for organisations such as Remploy that provide supported employment to people with specific needs, removing the need for these individuals or their organisations to apply to, and liaise with, several government departments when making a request for funding, and supports the creation of a central funding budget for this purpose and access to Learn Direct funds via individual learning accounts for supported employment organisations.

*S2M-2043 Richard Baker: Job Losses in Aberdeen—That the Parliament regrets the loss of 200 jobs at Richard’s Textiles Mill in Aberdeen and calls on the Scottish Executive to support the relevant local agencies, including the city council and Amicus trade union, in working to address the negative impact that this will have on the local economy and in assisting those workers who have lost their jobs in such difficult circumstances to find employment.

S2M-2042 Rosie Kane: The Continued Harassment and Abuse of Mordechai Vanunu by the Israeli State—That the Parliament strongly condemns the latest detention of Mordechai Vanunu on alleged suspicion of passing on classified information on Israel’s nuclear weapons programme to foreign journalists; notes that Mordechai Vanunu has served 18 years in jail in solitary confinement for making public Israel’s nuclear arsenal; further notes that, when Mordechai was released earlier this year, his civil and human rights were further restricted and abused by the Israeli authorities refusing to allow him a passport, banning his contact with foreigners except with permission and barring him from meeting the foreign press and broadcast media and from giving media interviews; believes that Mr Vanunu is not a threat to the Israeli State but is a beacon of peace, justice and integrity at a time when world leaders seem intent on war and destruction, and calls on the Scottish Executive to actively campaign and speak out on behalf of Mordechai Vanunu and to make representations to the Israeli Government for the immediate release and cessation of harassment of Mr Vanunu.

S2M-2041 Robin Harper: Colombian Green Presidential Candidate, Ingrid Betancourt—That the Parliament notes with great concern that Ingrid Betancourt, Presidential candidate and Leader of the Colombian Green Party (Partido Verde Oxigeno) has now been held for 1,000 days by FARC (The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) having been abducted on 23 February 2002; recognises that before her abduction, and despite threats to her life, Ingrid Betancourt was a brave champion of peace and democracy in her troubled country, and requests that Her Majesty’s Government redouble its representations to the Colombian Government to do everything in its power to secure the safe release of Ingrid and her campaign manager Clara Rojas.

S2M-2040 Michael Matheson: BAFTA Scotland Awards—That the Parliament expresses its disappointment that the BAFTA Scotland awards ceremony was not shown on either BBC or any of the commercial TV franchises serving Scotland; regards this as a lost opportunity to showcase the best of Scottish talent and promote the industry, and congratulates Paula Sage for her Best First Time Performance Award for "Afterlife", demonstrating the wide spectrum of talent within the Scottish film and television industries.

S2M-2039 Mike Rumbles: Fluoride in Public Water Supply—That the Parliament commends the Scottish Executive for listening to the views expressed in response to its consultation on improving the oral health of Scotland’s children; welcomes the Executive’s commitment not to change the current legislation on fluoridation of water supplies, and believes that Scotland’s poor oral health record can be more effectively tackled by promoting increased action in schools and through the health visitor network than by adding fluoride to the water supply.

Supported by: Margaret Smith, Jeremy Purvis

S2M-2038# Mr Frank McAveety: Knife Crime in Glasgow—That the Parliament recognises the unacceptable number of incidents involving knife crime in Scotland and particularly in the east end of Glasgow; believes that the Scottish Executive, Strathclyde police and other key agencies need to work more effectively to tackle this problem; considers that a range of measures to deal with knife crime are required, and believes that the Executive should consider measures such as restricting access to the purchase of knives, ensuring appropriate programmes are in place to educate young people on the dangers and consequences of carrying and using knives, speedier and effective sentencing for those convicted of knife crime and ensuring that the police have effective powers to deal with those who carry and use knives.

S2M-2037 John Swinburne: Stop Smoking Message at Football Grounds—That the Parliament agrees that positive action is necessary to help ease the crisis facing Scottish football clubs due to the withholding of copyright payments by pools companies for the use of fixture lists on their pools coupons at a cost to all clubs of £20,000 per annum and therefore believes that, in order to alleviate this crisis, to promote healthy-living issues and to sustain the future development of youth football, the Scottish Executive should divert some of its extensive budget, which is currently spent on television advertising, to renting from the Scottish Football Association the 20-foot-diameter centre circle at all major Scottish football grounds to exhibit a 314 square feet "No Smoking" logo which will advertise an anti-smoking message, reaching millions of people every week during televised matches and simultaneously sending out an SoS to "Stop our Smoking" and "Save our Soccer".

Supported by: Chris Ballance*, Brian Adam*

S2M-2036# Dr Jean Turner: Help to Stub Out Smoking—That the Parliament welcomes the announcement by the Scottish Executive proposing to end smoking in enclosed public places; notes the cross-party support for measures to tackle this issue; further notes the scientific consensus on the damage that tobacco smoke does to human health, and considers that the Executive should maintain its commitment to the comprehensive ban, recognise that smoking is an addiction and make an ongoing financial commitment in order that this addiction can be controlled on an continuing basis.

Supported by: John Swinburne, Eleanor Scott, Rob Gibson, Jackie Baillie, Mr Stewart Maxwell, Chris Ballance, Brian Adam, Mike Pringle, Mrs Mary Mulligan*, Tommy Sheridan*, Alex Neil*, Bristow Muldoon*

S2M-2035 Des McNulty: No More Bhopals—That the Parliament notes that 3 December 2004 marks the 20th anniversary of the world’s worst peacetime chemical disaster in Bhopal, India, in which 27 tonnes of lethal gases leaked from Union Carbide’s pesticide factory, immediately killing 8,000 people and poisoning thousands of others from toxic exposure in the years since; notes that at least 150,000 people, including children born to parents who survived the disaster, are still suffering from exposure-related health effects; supports the demands of survivors and relatives for justice by calling for the Dow Chemical Company, which now wholly owns Union Carbide, to ensure the clean-up of contamination in Bhopal, to release medical information about the toxicity of methyl isocyanate and poison gases, to arrange for the long-term medical treatment and rehabilitation of survivors, to arrange for the long-term economic rehabilitation of survivors whose livelihoods have suffered as a consequence of the disaster and to produce Union Carbide to face trial in the ongoing criminal proceedings in India, and calls for the international community to take every step necessary to ensure that no community, in Scotland or elsewhere in the world, faces the threat or risk of a similar disaster.

Supported by: Carolyn Leckie*, Frances Curran*, Mike Pringle*, Campbell Martin*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Dr Elaine Murray*, Bill Butler*

S2M-2034 Richard Lochhead: Scottish Water's Decision to Sell Rob Roy McGregor's Birthplace—That the Parliament notes with concern that Scottish Water is set to auction to the highest bidder Glengyle House, where Rob Roy McGregor, the renowned Jacobite and declared outlaw, was born in 1671; notes that this historical building is currently owned by the people of Scotland who have not been consulted on its future, and calls for the house to be withdrawn from the auction which is due to take place on 24 November 2004 to allow a public debate on Glengyle House’s future to take place.

Supported by: Mr Stewart Maxwell*, Mrs Margaret Ewing*, Christine Grahame*, Jim Mather*, Brian Adam*, Bruce Crawford*

S2M-2033*#* Sarah Boyack: Retire into Action - CSV Report on Older Volunteers—That the Parliament welcomes the publication of Retire into Action, the Community Service Volunteers’ research into the benefits of volunteering by older people; celebrates the contribution made by older citizens in supporting local community organisations and individuals in Scotland; notes the personal benefits to be gained by volunteers such as improved health and confidence, as well as great social benefits; believes that Scotland’s ageing population provides great opportunities as well as challenges; notes the work done by older citizens in Edinburgh Central in supporting homeless people and those with debt problems, assisting in schools and running community centres and the many community groups that would struggle to exist without the generous time, expertise and commitment given by so many older people, and, in particular, notes the contribution of the Parliament’s neighbours in the Old Town where organisations such as the Committee of the St Anne’s Community Centre and the committees of the Dumbiedykes Neighbourhood Association and the Writers Group have worked over many years to support people and enrich their lives.

S2M-2032 Brian Adam: Energy Jobs for Aberdeen—That the Parliament calls on the Scottish Executive to lobby Her Majesty’s Government for the transfer of all energy civil service jobs to Aberdeen, Europe’s energy capital.

Supported by: Fergus Ewing*, Mrs Margaret Ewing*, Shiona Baird*

S2M-2031 John Swinburne: Winter Cold-Related Deaths—That the Parliament finds totally unacceptable the figure of 2,900 winter cold-related deaths in 2003, which is an increase of 400 on the 2002 figure; believes that the Scottish Executive’s free central heating programme should be expanded and its delivery improved to meet the needs of many who are still living in fuel poverty; recommends that more work is done with the energy companies to encourage them to lower their charges and to ensure they do not disconnect vulnerable, elderly customers, and therefore calls on the Executive to pledge to guarantee that there will be a significant reduction in cold-related deaths in 2004 and no such deaths in 2005.

Supported by: Mrs Margaret Ewing*, Ms Sandra White*, Campbell Martin*, Christine Grahame*, Carolyn Leckie*, Brian Adam*

S2M-2030 Carolyn Leckie: Appointment of Condoleezza Rice as US Secretary of State—That the Parliament expresses its ever-increasing concern at US foreign policy and the danger that it poses to the world; believes that the resignation of Colin Powell and the appointment of Condoleezza Rice as Secretary of State signals a ratcheting-up of aggressive imperialist intention and action on the part of the United States of America; believes that millions of people across the world are now in greater danger than they were before the wars on Afghanistan and Iraq; condemns the slaughter of Fallujah; recognises that bombs and blood increase terrorism and that the foreign occupation of Iraq has inevitably led to citizens taking up arms and the further waste of life of women, men and children in Iraq and of members of the armed forces; therefore condemns all acts of barbarism and brutality associated with the occupation; notes documentary evidence of US troops committing war crimes, including the execution of wounded prisoners, and believes that the only hope for a peaceful solution in Iraq is the withdrawal of all foreign occupying forces and that British forces should be brought home immediately, thus avoiding any further casualties.

Supported by: Frances Curran*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Campbell Martin*

S2M-2029 Robin Harper: Edinburgh Biodiversity Action Plan—That the Parliament congratulates the Edinburgh Biodiversity Partnership and the City of Edinburgh Council on the publication of their second Biodiversity Action Plan (2004-2009); applauds the considerable achievements of the first Biodiversity Action Plan, particularly in involving communities and making huge improvements in the amenity of some social inclusion partnership areas; notes the important contributions from the Edinburgh Sustainable Development Partnership, the Planning and Development Department, schools and communities throughout Edinburgh, other organisations in local government, the voluntary and commercial sectors and the major champions Scottish Natural Heritage, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, the Scottish Wildlife Trust, the Forestry Commission, the Ranger Service, the Woodland Trust, the Water of Leith Trust, British Waterways, the RSPB, the Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group, BTCV, the British Geological Survey, the Scottish Agricultural College, the Forth Estuary Forum, the Fungus Group of Southeast Scotland, Historic Scotland and at least 30 other amenity and environmental groups; acknowledges the importance of urban biodiversity in providing a sustainable, healthy and attractive environment for people to live in and enjoy, and calls on the Scottish Executive to continue to provide encouragement and assistance to all Scotland’s local councils as they continue to develop their own local biodiversity action plans.

Supported by: Mark Ballard, Rob Gibson, Rosie Kane, Patrick Harvie, Tommy Sheridan, Mike Pringle, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Chris Ballance, Alex Neil*, Sarah Boyack*

S2M-2027# Mrs Margaret Ewing: Excess Winter Deaths—That the Parliament notes with growing concern that, despite various efforts to reduce fuel poverty, excess winter deaths still continue to rise; believes that additional measures must be implemented to reverse this trend and eradicate this blight in an energy-rich nation, and therefore believes that the Scottish Executive should review the effectiveness of existing schemes.

Supported by: Christine Grahame, Donald Gorrie, Stewart Stevenson, Fergus Ewing*

S2M-2026 Maureen Macmillan: Specialist Mountain Search and Rescue Vehicle—That the Parliament commends the sterling work undertaken by the Scottish mountain rescue teams that provide an essential service in our mountains and hills in all seasons and weathers; welcomes the grant of £160,000 awarded by the Scottish Executive to mountain rescue teams in Scotland which has assisted in purchasing a £250,000 specialised off-road communications vehicle for use in mountain search and rescue operations in the Highlands and Skye; further welcomes the charitable donations given by the Order of St John and others, and notes that the vehicle is equipped with both digital and analogue radios thus allowing liaison between mountain rescue teams, RAF helicopters and the police which will be of major benefit, not just in large-scale mountain rescues, but also in dealing with incidents such as aeroplanes coming down in the hills.

Supported by: Donald Gorrie

S2M-2025# Alex Johnstone: Food Supply Code of Practice—That the Parliament calls for a strengthened Supermarket Code of Practice, legally enforced, to ensure fair trade in the food supply chain; recognises that the current Supermarket Code of Practice is ineffective, not enforced and does not cover all parts of the supply chain; notes the Office of Fair Trading’s report that fear amongst suppliers of being de-listed by the major supermarkets has prevented anyone complaining under the current code, and recommends that a strengthened code is proactively enforced to ensure fair play for all those in the food supply chain and to safeguard against reprisals. R

Supported by: Karen Gillon, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Nora Radcliffe, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Mr Mark Ruskell, Christine Grahame, Donald Gorrie, David Mundell, Alex Fergusson, Rob Gibson, John Scott, Richard Lochhead, Murray Tosh, Roseanna Cunningham, Mary Scanlon, Robin Harper, Mike Pringle, Phil Gallie*, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton*, Jim Mather*, Mr Jamie McGrigor*, George Lyon*, Chris Ballance*, Mark Ballard*, Alex Neil*, Margaret Mitchell*

S2M-2024 Rosie Kane: The Threatened Closure of Holmlea Primary School—That the Parliament condemns the planned closure of Holmlea Primary School on the south side of Glasgow; recognises that Holmlea Primary represents a hub of the community which operates outside school hours supplying space and resources for the entire community; supports the feelings of pupils, teachers, parents and others that refurbishment of Holmlea Primary should have been explored as a solution; is concerned that, if the closure goes ahead, children will be required to use transport where they currently walk, and therefore safety will be compromised and car use will increase which will fly in the face of the "Walk to School" policy of the Scottish Executive, and recognises that if the Executive is serious about increasing the shrinking population of Scotland then it should not close or amalgamate our schools as they will be required to accommodate children when population levels improve.

Supported by: Mr Stewart Maxwell, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Tommy Sheridan, Ms Sandra White, Carolyn Leckie, Frances Curran

S2M-2023# Michael Matheson: Scottish National Anthem—That the Parliament considers that there is a need for it to take the lead on the issue of a national anthem for Scotland, as the anthem is within its remit; recognises the importance of this issue to the Scottish public and will consult the people of Scotland while examining the issue of the national anthem; considers it necessary to have a Scottish national anthem that is endorsed by the majority of Scotland and that embodies the rich cultural heritage and strong character of Scotland, and pledges to consider this issue in the future to ensure that the Scottish people have an anthem of which to be proud.

Supported by: Christine Grahame, Donald Gorrie, Fergus Ewing*, Chris Ballance*, Jim Mather*, Mr Stewart Maxwell*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Brian Adam*, Bruce Crawford*

S2M-2022# Richard Lochhead: Scottish History—That the Parliament recognises the educational and cultural benefits of promoting Scottish history from ancient to modern times in our schools; notes that this will allow pupils a greater understanding of Scotland in European and global contexts and will encourage a balanced perspective; appreciates that this will cultivate greater confidence and self-awareness in pupils, and considers that the Scottish Executive should investigate the level of Scottish history taught in our schools with a view to attaching greater importance to the subject.

Supported by: Rob Gibson, Stewart Stevenson, Mr Adam Ingram, Roseanna Cunningham, Eleanor Scott, Jim Mather, Mr Kenny MacAskill, John Swinburne, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Campbell Martin, Rosie Kane, Alex Neil, Christine Grahame, Mr Stewart Maxwell, Michael Matheson, Donald Gorrie, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Chris Ballance, Robin Harper*

S2M-2021 Patrick Harvie: Fluoride—That the Parliament notes recent reports that the Scottish Executive has decided not to include water fluoridation in the forthcoming Health Service (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill; believes that the quality of research into the health impacts of drinking fluoride has been too poor to establish whether it is harmful or not; recognises that the European Convention on Human Rights clearly states that individuals have the right not be medicated without their consent; acknowledges the appalling state of oral health in Glasgow; welcomes the proposals on expanding access to dental services, maintaining good oral hygiene and tackling poor diet contained in NHS Greater Glasgow's Oral Health Strategy; urges NHS Greater Glasgow to rule out introducing fluoride to Glasgow’s water supply, and calls on the Executive to categorically rule out fluoridation from all other future legislation.

Supported by: Alex Neil

S2M-2020 Ms Rosemary Byrne: Class Sizes—That the Parliament agrees that class sizes in Scottish schools should be set at a national maximum level of 20 for non-practical classes and 15 or less for practical classes; condemns the Scottish Executive for failing to reach targets for maximum sizes in S1 and S2 Mathematics and English classes; calls on the Scottish Executive to provide a strategy, including a timescale, to implement those commitments already made for S1 and S2 Mathematics and English and the early stages of primary school and produce a longer-term strategy to reduce all class sizes to 20 for non-practical subjects in state schools, and considers that such a strategy should include teacher recruitment and retention in addition to a survey of school capacity.

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan*, Mrs Margaret Ewing*, Campbell Martin*, Carolyn Leckie*

S2M-2019# Chris Ballance: Hollybush House Appeal—That the Parliament considers that the Scottish Executive should support the mental health charity Combat Stress’s funding appeal for new accommodation in Hollybush House, Ayr, Scotland's only centre for combat-related stress, in order to meet the requirements of the Regulation of Care (Scotland) Act 2001; notes that current Executive funding is only £54,000 over the next three years, and believes that increased funding should be allocated as a mark of support and respect for Scottish troops in active service, in recognition of the anticipated increase in demand for mental health services amongst servicemen and women as a result of the current conflict and in order to demonstrate that the First Minister’s support for Scottish troops is more than just words.

Supported by: Alex Neil, Mark Ballard*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Shiona Baird*

S2M-2017 Chris Ballance: Detention of Mordechai Vanunu—That the Parliament condemns the new detention on 11 November 2004 of Mordechai Vanunu on alleged suspicion of passing on classified information on Israel’s nuclear weapons programme to foreign journalists; notes that, despite serving 18 years in jail for making public Israel’s nuclear arsenal, on being released earlier this year his civil and human rights were further restricted by the Israeli authorities refusing him a passport, refusing him permission to leave Israel for a year, banning his contact with foreigners except with permission, and barring him from visiting foreign embassies, meeting the foreign press and broadcast media and from giving media interviews; believes that, far from being a threat to the Israeli state, Mr Vanunu bravely acted as an independent inspector of Israel’s nuclear weapons of mass destruction; agrees with International Atomic Energy Agency director, General Dr El-Baradei, when he told the Sydney Morning Herald on 8 November 2004 that "This is not really sustainable, that you have Israel sitting with nuclear weapons capability there while everyone else is part of the non-proliferation regime", and calls on Her Majesty’s Government to make representations to the Israeli Government for the immediate release and cessation of harassment of Mr Vanunu.

Supported by: Carolyn Leckie*, Mark Ballard*, Frances Curran*, Mike Pringle*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Campbell Martin*, Shiona Baird*, Bill Butler*

S2M-2016 Ms Sandra White: 16 Days of Action for the Elimination of Violence Against Women—That the Parliament notes Glasgow’s participation in "16 days of action for the elimination of violence against women", an international event which runs from 25 November to 10 December 2004; believes this is an outward-looking response to something that is a serious problem around the world; congratulates Glasgow City Council and all the partner organisations involved for taking the lead and ensuring that domestic abuse and violence against women are talked about openly and are highlighted, and encourages other local authorities to take part in this campaign and help to ensure that abuse of women is brought out into the light and dealt with.

Supported by: Christine Grahame, Donald Gorrie

S2M-2015 Michael Matheson: Scottish Music Hall of Fame—That the Parliament congratulates Channel 4 on its broadcasting of the UK Music Hall of Fame; sends good wishes to those who have been awarded the honour; hopes that the music industry in Scotland will see the benefits of such awards for all aspects of music within Scotland, and calls for an inter-agency approach in order that a similar Scottish Music Hall of Fame can be established.

Supported by: Bruce Crawford, Mr John Swinney, Ms Sandra White, Christine Grahame

S2M-2010 Karen Whitefield: Enterprise in Education in North Lanarkshire—That the Parliament recognises the importance of enterprise in education and, in particular, the excellent work carried out by education officers, teaching staff and pupils within North Lanarkshire in promoting an enterprising outlook, and recognises the range of approaches taken by North Lanarkshire Council’s Education Department including enterprise projects, work placements for both pupils and staff using both private and public sector employers and the use of normal recruitment procedures during the selection process for work experience so that pupils gain valuable experience before leaving school.

Supported by: Donald Gorrie

S2M-2009 Mike Pringle: Citizenship Foundation National Youth Parliament Competition—That the Parliament supports the National Youth Parliament Competition, organised by the Citizenship Foundation, in which schools across Scotland stage and video their own parliamentary debate on a mock bill which is judged by MSPs; encourages schools across Scotland to take part in the competition, and welcomes this opportunity to help young people engage more with the parliamentary process.

Supported by: Christine Grahame, Donald Gorrie, Dr Elaine Murray, Margaret Smith, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Bill Butler, Bruce Crawford, Jackie Baillie, Karen Gillon, Chris Ballance, Ms Sandra White, Robert Brown, Robin Harper, Alex Neil*, Mr Jamie Stone*

S2M-2008# Mark Ballard: Edinburgh University Disinvestment in Tobacco—That the Parliament commends the University of Edinburgh on its decision to disinvest in tobacco; congratulates the staff who pushed for the decision and the Edinburgh University Students’ Association and People & Planet student society who ensured the creation of a mechanism through which such decisions could be made, and considers that all other public bodies should both create democratic mechanisms through which relevant stakeholders can promote such disinvestment policies and themselves disinvest in tobacco companies.

Supported by: Robin Harper, Eleanor Scott, Patrick Harvie, Shiona Baird, Chris Ballance, Brian Adam, Mr Stewart Maxwell, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Mike Pringle, Rosie Kane, Carolyn Leckie, Frances Curran, Marlyn Glen, Donald Gorrie

S2M-2007 Richard Lochhead: Gutted—That the Parliament notes the recent success of the documentary "Gutted" at the BAFTA Scotland awards; sends its congratulations to all those involved in producing the documentary and its stars, and calls for the BBC to repeat the programme in Scotland and screen it throughout the United Kingdom following its success.

Supported by: Robin Harper, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Tricia Marwick, Christine Grahame, Stewart Stevenson, Brian Adam, Mr Stewart Maxwell, Mr Adam Ingram, Bruce Crawford, Roseanna Cunningham, Michael Matheson, Ms Sandra White, Alex Neil, Colin Fox

S2M-2006# Dennis Canavan: St Andrew's Day—That the Parliament believes that St Andrew’s Day should be recognised as Scotland’s National Day with a nationwide celebration of Scotland’s diversity of cultures, faiths and ethnic origins.

Supported by: Mr Kenny MacAskill, Mr Mark Ruskell, Michael McMahon, Mr Bruce McFee, Fergus Ewing, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Elaine Smith, Robin Harper, Chris Ballance, Mark Ballard, Rob Gibson, Tommy Sheridan, Brian Adam, Margo MacDonald, John Swinburne, Bruce Crawford, Mr Andrew Welsh, Michael Matheson, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Alex Neil, Donald Gorrie, Marlyn Glen, Campbell Martin, Stewart Stevenson*, Mr Stewart Maxwell*, Tricia Marwick*, Eleanor Scott*, Jim Mather*, Christine Grahame*, Rosie Kane*, Dr Jean Turner*

S2M-2005 Sarah Boyack: Shoebox Zoo—That the Parliament welcomes the Scottish BAFTA awarded to the children’s TV series, Shoebox Zoo; congratulates the production team and all involved in Shoebox Zoo which is set in the city centre of Edinburgh and the Borders; welcomes the quality of the production, the calibre of actors working in it and the promotional work being carried out by Lothian Film, and hopes that the positive images broadcast of Edinburgh and Scotland will be successful in attracting young people and their families to visit and enjoy Scotland as a tourist destination.

Supported by: Michael Matheson, Donald Gorrie

S2M-2003# Irene Oldfather: Lung Cancer Awareness Month—That the Parliament notes that November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month, the Macmillan Cancer Relief and the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation’s month-long campaign to raise awareness of lung cancer and highlight the message that early diagnosis saves lives; recognises that lung cancer is now the United Kingdom’s biggest cancer killer with 94 people a day dying from the disease; recognises that people are 40 times more likely to survive if the disease is detected early on; congratulates NHS Ayrshire and Arran on its innovative Smoking in Schools scheme whereby health advisers visit secondary schools across North Ayrshire to educate them on the dangers of tobacco smoke and to offer cessation services for young people who have already taken up the habit; recognises the importance of educating our young people on the dangers of tobacco smoking; looks forward to the future development of this scheme, and welcomes the Scottish Executive’s plans to increase support for those wishing to stop smoking and to ban smoking in public places, which will help reduce cases of lung cancer in Scotland.

Supported by: Bill Butler, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Margaret Jamieson, Eleanor Scott, Mr Stewart Maxwell, Bristow Muldoon, Robin Harper, Cathie Craigie, Scott Barrie, Robert Brown, Jackie Baillie, Christine Grahame, Brian Adam, Mr Jamie Stone, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Christine May, Helen Eadie, Rosie Kane, Des McNulty, Marlyn Glen, Trish Godman, Donald Gorrie, Marilyn Livingstone

S2M-2002 Mr Andy Kerr: The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.13) (Scotland) Order 2004—That the Health Committee recommends that the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.13) (Scotland) Order 2004 (SSI 2004/484) be approved.

Supported by: Rhona Brankin

S2M-2001 Marlyn Glen: University of Dundee's Prestigious Science Award—That the Parliament congratulates the University of Dundee on being recognised as the best science institution in Europe to conduct scientific research, according to a survey of scientists in The Scientist magazine; notes that this results from the university’s high-quality research facilities, the well-founded co-operation across scientific disciplines and the reputation for creativity; notes that this latest award builds upon its recognition as the "most quoted university in Europe" by the Institute for Scientific Information in Philadelphia’s research survey earlier this year, and further notes the University of Dundee’s valuable role as a worthy ambassador for the city of Dundee with its prolific production of scientific excellence.

Supported by: Mr Andrew Welsh, Donald Gorrie

S2M-2000 Mr Stewart Maxwell: Local Authority Investments in Tobacco Companies—That the Parliament is dismayed that local authority pension funds in Scotland have more than £80 million invested in the tobacco industry; recognises that tobacco is the single biggest cause of preventable, premature death in Scotland; believes that local authorities have a duty to ensure that pension funds are invested ethically, and therefore calls on all local authority pension funds to withdraw their investments in tobacco companies immediately.

Supported by: Brian Adam, Rob Gibson, Mr Kenny MacAskill, John Swinburne, Mike Pringle, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Mark Ballard, Eleanor Scott, Tommy Sheridan, Rosie Kane, Alex Neil

S2M-2000.1 Stewart Stevenson: Local Authority Investments in Tobacco Companies—As an amendment to motion (S2M-2000) in the name of Mr Stewart Maxwell, insert at end "noting that, in light of ethical investment funds having out-performed stock market indices in recent years, any failure to do so may disadvantage future local authority pensioners."

Supported by: Donald Gorrie

S2M-1999 Glasgow - A Fair Trade City (lodged on 12 November 2004) Robin Harper*, Sarah Boyack*

S2M-1998# Mr Brian Monteith: Encouraging School Debating—That the Parliament recognises the great benefits that school debating can offer to students; believes that debate develops powers of argument, increases understanding, boosts critical thinking and promotes engagement with society; considers that students who take part in debating show stronger communication skills, raised self-esteem, are better at working in teams, become more articulate and objective and are likely to be better equipped to become active citizens; believes that the opportunity to take part in debate can have a real impact on the life-chances of young people, particularly of those from relatively disadvantaged backgrounds; supports the work of the English-Speaking Union (ESU), with schools throughout Scotland, in promoting and organising debate; notes that its National Juniors Debating Competition has attracted more than eighty entries from schools across the country, and welcomes the innovative new debating outreach programme that the ESU is launching in January 2005 in conjunction with North Lanarkshire Council.

Supported by: Alex Johnstone, Mike Pringle, Brian Adam, Mr Ted Brocklebank, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Margaret Mitchell, Patrick Harvie, Bill Aitken, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Robin Harper, Murdo Fraser, Murray Tosh, Robert Brown, Phil Gallie, Christine Grahame, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Dr Elaine Murray, Michael Matheson, Maureen Macmillan, Alex Fergusson, Donald Gorrie, Marlyn Glen, Nora Radcliffe, Trish Godman

S2M-1998.1# Richard Lochhead: Encouraging School Debating—As an amendment to motion (S2M-1998) in the name of Mr Brian Monteith, insert at end "and calls on the Scottish Executive to actively promote and encourage the use of debate as both a curricular and extra-curricular activity in all Scottish secondary schools."

Supported by: Mr Adam Ingram, Stewart Stevenson, Jim Mather, Rob Gibson, Eleanor Scott, Tricia Marwick, Alex Neil

S2M-1997# Recognition of the Achievements of James Clerk Maxwell (lodged on 12 November 2004) Mr Brian Monteith*, Mr Frank McAveety*

S2M-1997.1# Alasdair Morgan: Recognition of the Achievements of James Clerk Maxwell—As an amendment to motion (S2M-1997) in the name of Dr Elaine Murray, insert at end "and also believes that the Royal Mail should, at the earliest suitable opportunity, mark his achievements by the issue of a commemorative postage stamp, as has already been done by several other countries, such as Mexico and Nicaragua."

S2M-1991 Ban on Smoking in Enclosed Public Places (lodged on 10 November 2004) Alasdair Morgan*

S2M-1991.1 Ban on Smoking in Enclosed Public Places (lodged on 12 November 2004) Ms Rosemary Byrne*

S2M-1981 National Beef Envelope (lodged on 9 November 2004) Alasdair Morgan*

S2M-1976 Just One Click in Scotland (lodged on 9 November 2004) Alasdair Morgan*

S2M-1971 Overcrowding on Scottish Train Services (lodged on 8 November 2004) Sarah Boyack*

S2M-1942 Solar Panels (lodged on 2 November 2004) Alasdair Morgan*

S2M-1900# Deafblindness (lodged on 27 October 2004) Alasdair Morgan*

S2M-1897 First ScotRail Anti-Violence Campaign (lodged on 26 October 2004) Alasdair Morgan*

S2M-1864 Teaching of Scottish History (lodged on 19 October 2004) Alasdair Morgan*