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Section B : Business Programme
Section C : Agendas of Committee Meetings
Section E : Written Questions lodged on 23 December 2004
Section G: Bills
Section H : New Documents
Section K : Progress of Parliamentary Business

Business Bulletin No. 193/2004

Friday 24 December 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-2215 Mr Brian Monteith: Responsible Drinking—That the Parliament congratulates Diageo and The Portman Group for the creation of, a website which provides UK consumers with comprehensive information on responsible drinking, including a unit calculator that uses real brands to allow consumers to see accurately how many units they are drinking, alongside hints and tips for responsible drinking and information for people at different life stages, for example drivers or pregnant women, and calls on all parties to support this industry initiative which will see the website address appear on drinks packaging and advertising over the coming months and encourages all members to try the unit calculator for themselves.

*S2M-2214 Mike Pringle: New Year Derbies—That the Parliament notes that the first ever Edinburgh derby was held over 100 years ago in 1895; notes that this season the derby was scheduled to be on New Year’s Day but was changed by the TV company, Setanta; further notes the support of both fans and clubs for the traditional New Year derby, and calls on the Scottish Premier League, in consultation with the clubs and police, to reintroduce the Edinburgh New Year derby as a permanent fixture in the calendar as well as look favourably on the reintroduction of other New Year derbies where they have the support of clubs and fans.

*S2M-2213 Nora Radcliffe: Fisheries Council Outcome—That the Parliament welcomes the outcome of the 2004 Fisheries Council; notes the comments of Hamish Morrison that "It’s a considerable tribute to ministers and officials that they have been able to turn this situation around in the way that they have" and of Mike Park that "the ministers ... strategy has secured a deal to allow the industry to remain in place and hopefully prosper next year"; welcomes the increased flexibility that the new regime allows and the valuable increased quotas for monkfish, prawns and herring; believes resistance to the proposed closed areas which had no scientific justification was the correct approach; notes the efforts of the industry to bring capacity in line with stocks through two painful decommissioning schemes and believes it is starting to deliver results, and calls on the Scottish Executive to continue to work closely with Scotland’s fishermen to maintain a fisheries management policy that takes conservation of fish stocks seriously while ensuring a sustainable future for the fishing industry and fishing communities.

Supported by: Mr Jamie Stone*, Mike Pringle*, Iain Smith*, George Lyon*

*S2M-2212# Colin Fox: Indefinite Imprisonment Without Trial at Belmarsh Prison—That the Parliament regrets the resignation of Ian Macdonald QC and the possible resignation of five other lawyers acting on behalf of detainees held indefinitely without trial at Belmarsh prison in London; notes that people have been held there for two years already with still no prospect of a fair trial; further believes that powers invested in government under the Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001 destroy that fundamental right at the heart of our legal system, the right to a fair trial by jury; believes that the indefinite detention of suspects at Belmarsh, ruled unlawful by the Law Lords in December 2004, sullies our international reputation and puts us on par with the odious legal position at the US military base at Guantanamo Bay on Cuba, and agrees with Mr Macdonald that "such a law is an odious blot on the legal landscape".

*S2M-2211 Ms Sandra White: Jim Anderson - Scottish Leading Sports Personality of the Year—That the Parliament notes the award of Leading Sports Personality of 2004 for Broxburn swimmer, Jim Anderson, during this year’s Sports Personality of the Year Awards and congratulates him on this outstanding achievement; notes the difficulties faced by disabled people, particularly schoolchildren in accessing physical education and sports facilities throughout Scotland, and calls on the Scottish Executive to develop a strategy which will identify and encourage disabled sporting potential in schools.

Supported by: John Swinburne*

*S2M-2210# Rosie Kane: Infringement of Civil Liberties—That the Parliament believes that the introduction of voluntary/compulsory ID cards is a gross infringement of civil liberties and considers that their introduction should be resisted by all MSPs, including by the use of direct action and civil disobedience, and by the use of protest and demonstration.

Supported by: Patrick Harvie*, Carolyn Leckie*, Chris Ballance*

*S2M-2209# Mr Jamie Stone: Sustaining Agriculture and Sustaining Communities—That the Parliament believes that sustaining a viable agricultural sector involves encouraging an increase in employment on Scotland’s land and that this would strengthen the contribution of agriculture to the viability of rural communities and contribute to the nutritional health of Scotland.

*S2M-2208 Patrick Harvie: Time for Reflection—That the Parliament condemns the use of the phrase "captives … to sexual aberrations" to describe Scotland’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community; values Scotland’s LGBT community and the contribution it makes to our society and our culture; deeply regrets that any speaker would choose to use the opportunity of Time for Reflection to make such a gratuitous insult to a section of the Scottish population, and hopes that the choice of speakers at Time for Reflection will come to reflect fully the attitudes, values and beliefs which Scotland, as a modern society, encompasses.

Supported by: Chris Ballance*, Eleanor Scott*, Richard Lochhead*, Marlyn Glen*, Rosie Kane*, Carolyn Leckie*, Frances Curran*, Mr Mark Ruskell*, Nora Radcliffe*, Robin Harper*

*S2M-2207# Des McNulty: Make Poverty History Campaign in 2005—That the Parliament welcomes the UK Government’s commitment to the millennium development goals; welcomes the First Minister’s recent statement that Scotland’s devolved government can contribute to international development; notes that the crucial G8 meeting will be held in Scotland in July 2005; notes with concern that the current debt crisis, trade injustice and shortcomings of aid further exacerbate poverty, inequality, the HIV/AIDS crisis and environmental degradation across the developing world; notes that, if the international community is to make poverty history, then there needs to be further co-ordinated political action by the world’s governments, including the United Kingdom, aimed at trade justice, dropping the debt and providing more and better aid, and considers that the UK Government should lead the way for change and use its influence when it holds the presidency of the G8 and chairs the EU to make poverty history in 2005.

Supported by: Bill Butler*, Robert Brown*, Richard Lochhead*, Patrick Harvie*, Scott Barrie*, Mike Pringle*, Mrs Margaret Ewing*, Trish Godman*, Robin Harper*, Murray Tosh*, Christine May*, Marlyn Glen*, Mr Alasdair Morrison*, Maureen Macmillan*, Cathie Craigie*, Mr Kenneth Macintosh*, Susan Deacon*

S2M-2206 Trish Godman: Abolition of Tolls on Erskine Bridge—That the Parliament considers that the abolition of the tolls on the Erskine Bridge would help to relieve congestion and pollution problems on other river crossings; further considers that the local economies on either side of the Clyde would be likely to benefit, and therefore urges the Scottish Executive to move quickly to complete the work needed so that the tolls on the bridge can be removed.

Supported by: Des McNulty, Jackie Baillie

S2M-2205 Mr Kenneth Macintosh: Free Christmas Trees—That the Parliament applauds the Jerusalem Municipality’s free distribution of Christmas trees which will take place today, 23 December 2004; recognises that the Christmas tree distribution is a long-standing tradition of the Jerusalem Municipality which has taken place for dozens of years and which is symbolic of the way that Jerusalem unites all three monotheistic religions; welcomes the generosity of the Jewish National Fund which donated the trees, and echoes the sentiments of the mayor of Jerusalem, Uri Lupolianski, in wishing a merry Christmas to the Christian residents of Jerusalem and a year of peace, tolerance and brotherhood.

S2M-2204 Ms Rosemary Byrne: Ritalin Concern—That the Parliament is deeply concerned at the 10-fold increase in Ritalin prescribing found by NHS Quality Improvement Scotland; notes that 13% of all prescriptions for 6 to 14-year-olds in Fife were for Ritalin; does not believe that attention deficit hyperactivity disorder occurs at these levels amongst children, and calls for an urgent review to be conducted into why Ritalin prescribing has been adopted as a blanket response to adults’ difficulties with children’s behaviour and into the long-term effects on mental health of medically-induced drug dependency in young children.

Supported by: Frances Curran, Roseanna Cunningham, Campbell Martin*, Carolyn Leckie*

S2M-2203 Donald Gorrie: The Parliamentary Restaurant—That the Parliament agrees to ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body to set the objectives of removing the subsidy to the Members’ dining room by increasing prices to a more realistic economic level and maximizing its use and availability for all people working in the Parliament while, at the same time, providing booking arrangements for MSPs and their guests to enable them, with due notice, to be accommodated and provided with a speedier service than currently exists.

Supported by: Iain Smith*

S2M-2202 Ms Rosemary Byrne: Cessation of Dumping of Sewage Sludge at Auchlin and Upper Beoch, Ayrshire—That the Parliament believes that, in light of the contamination of water courses at Auchlin, Skares and the subsequent cessation of land remediation using sewage sludge at Upper Beoch and Auchlin, Ayrshire, there should be a moratorium on the use of sewage sludge in land remediation pending a full scientific inquiry, and calls on the Scottish Executive to initiate such an inquiry as a matter of urgency, which should include (a) a full scientific investigation of the effects of the use of sewage sludge on land reclamation, (b) a full scientific investigation of health risks of the use of sewage sludge on land reclamation, (c) a full scientific investigation into environmental effects of the use of sewage sludge, taking account of the proximity principle regarding the transportation of such material, (d) the financial arrangements with regard to the transportation and dumping of sewage sludge, (e) the democratic principle of involving the community in the decision to allow the dumping of sewage sludge and a third party right of appeal and (f) an investigation of all the alternative means to dispose of sewage sludge.

Supported by: Frances Curran, Carolyn Leckie, Tommy Sheridan, Colin Fox, Rosie Kane*, Shiona Baird*, Campbell Martin*

S2M-2200 John Farquhar Munro: Abolition of Skye Bridge Tolls—That the Parliament welcomes the delivery of the Partnership Agreement commitment to abolish the discredited toll regime on the Skye Bridge and looks forward to the social and economic benefits that this will bring the residents of Skye and Lochalsh.Supported by: Donald Gorrie, Tommy Sheridan, Iain Smith*

S2M-2198 Mr Tom McCabe: The Draft Council Tax (Discount for Unoccupied Dwellings) (Scotland) Regulations 2005—That the Local Government and Transport Committee recommends that the draft Council Tax (Discount for Unoccupied Dwellings) (Scotland) Regulations 2005 be approved.

Supported by: Tavish Scott

S2M-2197 Ross Finnie: The Draft Waste (Scotland) Regulations 2005—That the Environment and Rural Development Committee recommends that the draft Waste (Scotland) Regulations 2005 be approved.

Supported by: Lewis Macdonald

S2M-2196 Cathy Jamieson: The Draft Scotland Act 1998 (Modifications to Schedule 5) Order 2005—That the Justice 2 Committee recommends that the draft Scotland Act 1998 (Modifications to Schedule 5) Order 2005 be approved.

Supported by: Hugh Henry

S2M-2195 Cathy Jamieson: The Draft Scotland Act 1998 (Transfer of Functions to the Scottish Ministers etc.) Order 2005—That the Justice 2 Committee recommends that the draft Scotland Act 1998 (Transfer of Functions to the Scottish Ministers etc.) Order 2005 be approved.

Supported by: Hugh Henry

S2M-2194 Christine Grahame: Health Indicators Report 2004 and Link with Poverty in Scotland’s Communities—That the Parliament notes Health Indicators Report – December 2004 – A Focus on Children, published on 20 December 2004 by NHS Quality Improvement Scotland, which makes clear the link between deprivation and the rise in the rate of still births and neonatal death; further notes the link made in the report between deprivation and the rate of teenage pregnancy, together with the link between anxiety and depression amongst children and teenagers and communities experiencing poverty; urges the Scottish Executive to recognise officially the link between socio-economic deprivation and adverse pregnancy outcomes and the rises in the expected rate of still births and neonatal death, specifically in the Scottish Borders, Dumfries and Galloway, Lothian, Fife, Grampian, Lanarkshire, Greater Glasgow and the Highlands as well as the link between anxiety and depression and poverty in these communities, and calls on the Executive to increase socio-economic prospects for these areas through greater investment and concentration of resources and to close the opportunity gap which is resulting in poorer health and poorer futures for Scotland’s children and young people.

S2M-2190 Robert Brown on behalf of the Education Committee: Education Committee Report on Child Protection Issues—That the Parliament notes the 8th Report, 2004 (Session 2) of the Education Committee: Report on the Scottish Executive’s Implementation of Recommendations of the "It’s Everyone’s Job To Make Sure I’m Alright" Report (SP Paper 201); notes the Executive’s response to the report, and draws the attention of the Executive to the impact of disclosure requirements, particularly in light of the implementation of the provisions of the Protection of Children (Scotland) Act 2003.

S2M-2189 Murdo Fraser: International Year of the Family Resolution and Doha Declaration—That the Parliament welcomes the decision of the UN General Assembly to agree, by consensus, Resolution 59/111, "Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the International Year of the Family", which notes the outcome of the Doha process; notes that the Doha process includes the important Doha Declaration which had the support of over 149 countries from around the world; further notes that the Doha Declaration reaffirms the central importance of the institution of the family, as set out in Article 16(3) of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948), as "the natural and fundamental group unit of society" and calls on all nations to "uphold, preserve and defend the institution of marriage"; recognises that the declaration and accompanying resolution represent a significant victory for those seeking to strengthen and support the institution of the family in the international community; regrets that the European Union, Norway, Canada, Australia and New Zealand were unable to wholeheartedly welcome this declaration, in spite of the fact that it does no more than reiterate the commitments of foundation documents of the United Nations, such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and calls on both the Scottish Executive and the UK Government to support the Doha Declaration wholeheartedly.

Supported by: Alex Johnstone, Mr Ted Brocklebank, Mr David Davidson, Mike Pringle, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Bill Aitken, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Phil Gallie, Brian Adam, John Scott

S2M-2188 Shiona Baird: Are You Cold?—That the Parliament congratulates the West of Scotland Seniors Forum, Glasgow City Council and NHS Greater Glasgow for launching the "Are You Cold?" helpline in response to research by Energy Action Scotland and the University of Strathclyde which has shown poverty to be the main cause of premature death among Scotland’s elderly; notes that too many vulnerable elderly people are still unaware of the free central heating and free insulation programmes, heating allowances and advisory services which are available to them; commends the helpline initiative for its clarity and simplicity in informing vulnerable older people about their entitlements, and urges the Scottish Executive to encourage the roll-out of similar, easy-to-understand and easy-to-access helplines across Scotland.

Supported by: Robert Brown, Chris Ballance, John Swinburne, Eleanor Scott, Fergus Ewing, Rob Gibson, Patrick Harvie, Robin Harper, Mr Mark Ruskell, Murray Tosh, Christine Grahame, Ms Sandra White, Mrs Nanette Milne, Tommy Sheridan, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Roseanna Cunningham, Trish Godman, Donald Gorrie, Frances Curran, Mrs Margaret Ewing*, Mary Scanlon*

S2M-2183# Inadequacies of Funding for Care (lodged on 17 December 2004) Mrs Margaret Ewing*

S2M-2182# Campbeltown Hospital (lodged on 16 December 2004) Miss Annabel Goldie*

S2M-2181 Forth Rail Bridge (lodged on 16 December 2004) Nora Radcliffe*

S2M-2178# Philip Lawrence Awards 2004 (lodged on 16 December 2004) Iain Smith*, Nora Radcliffe*

S2M-2177 Scotland’s Commonwealth Youth Games Team (lodged on 15 December 2004) Iain Smith*, Nora Radcliffe*

S2M-2176 St Peter’s Primary Eco Schools Award (lodged on 15 December 2004) Nora Radcliffe*

S2M-2171# Sir Patrick Geddes 150th Anniversary Exhibition (lodged on 14 December 2004) Nora Radcliffe*, Sarah Boyack*

S2M-2147 Scotland - World Elephant Polo Champions (lodged on 10 December 2004) Murdo Fraser*

S2M-2146# Skin Disease to be Recognised as a Chronic Condition (lodged on 10 December 2004) Murdo Fraser*

S2M-2131 Fire Safety (lodged on 7 December 2004) Mike Watson*, Sarah Boyack*