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Monday 13 September 1999

Section F - Motions and Amendments



The full text of all outstanding motions and amendments will appear in the Business Bulletin every Monday

Items or names marked with an asterisk (*) are new. 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 (#)


*S1M-145 Mr Brian Monteith: Scottish History—That the Parliament calls upon the Scottish Executive to bring forward proposals for the introduction of a standard grade exam in Scottish history covering the period from ancient times through to the present day.

Supported by: Alex Fergusson*

*S1M-144 Mr Jack McConnell: Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Bill Financial Resolution—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Bill, agrees to—

(a) the following expenditure payable out of the Scottish Consolidated Fund—

(i) expenditure of the Scottish Administration and Audit Scotland in consequence of the Act, and

(ii) increases attributable to the Act in the sums payable out of the Fund by or under any other Act,

(b) payments into the Fund and to the Scottish Ministers, and

(c) charges imposed by Audit Scotland in respect of the exercise of its functions.


*S1M-143 Susan Deacon: Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning—That the Parliament Health and Community Care Committee in consideration of the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.2) (Scotland) Order 1999, SSI 1999/50, recommends that the Order be approved.


*S1M-142 Mr Tom McCabe: Designation of Lead Committees—That the Parliament agrees the following designations of Lead Committees-

The Health and Community Care Committee to consider The Spreadable Fats (Marketing Standards) (Scotland) Regulations 1999 (SSI 1999/34);

The Transport and Environment Committee to consider The Environmental Impact Assessment (Forestry) (Scotland) Regulations 1999 (SSI 1999/43)


S1M-140# Fergus Ewing: Upgrading of the Mallaig Road—That the Parliament calls upon the Scottish Executive to make the planned upgrading and improvement of the remaining single track sections of the A830 road between Mallaig and Fort William a top priority when it announces the results of the strategic roads review.


S1M-138 Tavish Scott: Highlands and Islands Passenger Transport Authority—That the Parliament requires the Transport and Environment Committee to consider and make recommendations on the establishment of a Highlands and Islands Passenger Transport Authority, to oversee Caledonian MacBrayne, Northern Isles Shipping services, Highlands and Islands Rail, Bus and Air services and other Highlands and Islands transport needs, as a first step in delivering integrated rural transport policy.

Supported by: Mr Jamie Stone, George Lyon, Mr John Munro


S1M-137 Mr Andrew Welsh: Appointment of Auditor General for Scotland—That the Parliament nominates Robert Black to Her Majesty for appointment as Auditor General for Scotland.


S1M-136# Mr Jamie Stone: Sheep Industry—That the Parliament acknowledges the current crisis in the sheep industry in Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross following this summer’s lamb sales in the constituency.

Supported by: Mr John Munro, George Lyon, Euan Robson, Nora Radcliffe, Robert Brown


S1M-133# Dr Elaine Murray: Crisis in Scottish Agriculture—That the Parliament notes the severe problems of Scottish agriculture, in particular in the hill farming and pig sectors, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to give urgent consideration to measures to alleviate the immediate problems, while developing strategies to stabilise the industry in the longer term.

Supported by: Richard Lochhead*

S1M-129# Michael Matheson: Services to Victims of Crime—That the Parliament recognises that support services to victims of crime within Central Scotland are extremely variable and calls upon the Minister for Justice to review present support and information services for victims of crime, and to introduce a victims’ charter at an early opportunity.

Supported by: Ms Sandra White, Richard Lochhead, Mr Adam Ingram, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Kay Ullrich, Robin Harper, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Tricia Marwick*

S1M-128# Allan Wilson: Regional Selective Assistance—That the Parliament calls for the retention and development of the regional selective assistance priority scheme in areas of high and persistent unemployment.

Supported by: Rhoda Grant, Hugh Henry, George Lyon, Cathy Jamieson, Mike Watson, Richard Lochhead*

S1M-126# Paul Martin: Stobhill Hospital—That the Parliament calls upon Greater Glasgow Health Board to enter into full and meaningful consultation with the residents and medical staff who are affected by the proposal to build a Secure Unit on the grounds of Stobhill Hospital and to take action to ensure that local people are included in the membership of the Glasgow North University Hospital Trust.


S1M-125 Dennis Canavan: East Timor—That the Parliament expresses solidarity with the people of East Timor, the overwhelming majority of whom voted for independence in the recent referendum; condemns those who are attempting to use violence to deny the democratic rights of the people of East Timor, and calls on the international community, through the United Nations, to take all necessary action to ensure full respect for human rights and democracy in East Timor.

Supported by: Mr John McAllion, Ms Sandra White, Donald Gorrie, Alex Neil, Robin Harper, Tommy Sheridan, Dr Winnie Ewing, Jamie McGrigor, Dr Elaine Murray, Nicola Sturgeon, Mrs Margaret Smith, Hugh Henry, Mr Michael McMahon, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Tricia Marwick*, Michael Russell*, Richard Lochhead*

S1M-123# Michael Russell: Lanarkshire Eviction Threat—That the Parliament condemns the actions of Mr Brian Hamilton, the so called ‘Raider of the Lost Titles’, whose present attempt to evict Mr and Mrs Baxter of Auchenheath, Lanarkshire on 23 September, because of a feudal title which was vulnerable to challenge, typifies the suffering caused by leasehold casualties and other anomalies of the feudal system and calls upon the Scottish Ministers to take early action to prevent yet more misery for ordinary people who are blameless but often defenceless in the face of such opportunistic use of the archaic land laws.

Supported by: Tricia Marwick, Alasdair Morgan, Mr Adam Ingram, Robin Harper, Irene McGugan, Richard Lochhead*

S1M-122 Susan Deacon: Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning—That the Parliament Health and Community Care Committee, in consideration of the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (Orkney) (No.2) (Scotland) Order 1999, SSI 1999/42, recommends that the Order be approved.


S1M-120 Robin Harper: Appointment of Chief Executive—That the Parliament congratulates Paul Grice on his appointment as Clerk and Chief Executive of the Parliament.


S1M-119 Mr Alex Salmond: East Timor—That the Parliament expresses its appreciation of the work of the international observers during the East Timor referendum, including that of Linda Fabiani MSP who was sponsored by War on Want to join the United Nations team, and calls on the United Nations to take whatever steps are necessary to provide a peace-keeping force in order that the result of the referendum can be honoured, the people of East Timor freed of persecution and the violent actions of an anti-democratic minority stamped out.

Supported by: Mrs Margaret Ewing, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Michael Matheson, Michael Russell, Bruce Crawford, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Tricia Marwick, Fiona Hyslop, Dennis Canavan, Alex Neil, Kay Ullrich, Robin Harper, Dr Winnie Ewing, Christine Grahame, Nicola Sturgeon, Irene McGugan, Richard Lochhead*

S1M-117 Michael Russell: Act of Settlement—That the Parliament believes that the discrimination contained in the Act of Settlement has no place in our modern society, expresses its wish that those discriminatory aspects of the Act be repealed, and affirms its view that Scottish society must not disbar participation in any aspect of our national life on the grounds of religion.

Supported by: Dennis Canavan, Donald Gorrie, Robin Harper, Pauline McNeill, Ben Wallace, Brian Adam, Michael Matheson, Kay Ullrich, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Mr David Davidson, Tricia Marwick*, Richard Lochhead*

S1M-114 Robin Harper: Genetically Modified Crops—That the Parliament recognises the widespread opposition to growing genetically modified crops and calls upon the Scottish Executive to introduce urgently a moratorium on the planting of genetically modified crops in Scotland.

Supported by: Brian Adam, Ms Margo MacDonald, Alasdair Morgan, Irene McGugan, Michael Russell, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Dennis Canavan


S1M-108# Mr Adam Ingram: Public Inquiry into undersea section of Scotland to Northern Ireland electricity interconnector—That the Parliament calls upon the Scottish Ministers to hold a public enquiry into the proposed undersea section of the electricity interconnector between Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Supported by: Michael Russell, Alasdair Morgan


S1M-104 Mr Kenneth Gibson: Free School Meals—That the Parliament calls upon the Scottish Ministers to consider amending section 53 of the Education (Scotland) Act 1980 to extend entitlement to free school meals to all families receiving the new Tax Credits.

Supported by: Robin Harper


S1M-103# Richard Lochhead: RAF Buchan—That the Parliament calls upon the Scottish Executive to convey to Her Majesty’s Government support for the local campaign to retain RAF Buchan in the North East of Scotland, in recognition of its crucial role in the local community, and to assist local officials with their efforts on the campaign’s behalf.

Supported by: Brian Adam, Irene McGugan, Nora Radcliffe


S1M-100 Mr George Reid: Joint Statement from Churches on Alloa Jobs Crisis—That the Parliament endorses the statement released jointly in the names of the Church of Scotland congregations of St Mungo’s Parish Church, Alloa North Parish Church and Alloa West Parish Church, St Mungo’s R.C. Church, St John’s Episcopal Church, Moncrieff U.F. Church and Alloa Baptist Church, which states that: "The Christian Churches in Alloa are united in their continuing concern for the community in the wake of continuing job losses. In recent years, the area has witnessed a devastating loss of employment in traditional industries which seriously affects the social well-being of the entire community. The Churches call upon the Scottish parliament to take urgent steps to investigate this matter and to implement all practical measures to alleviate the situation."


S1M-99# Alex Neil: Enterprise Ayrshire—That the Parliament has no confidence in the Board of Enterprise Ayrshire to act as the Local Enterprise Company, it having breached its own Articles of Association, and therefore demands that Scottish Enterprise terminates its existing operating contract with immediate effect.

Supported by: Mr Adam Ingram, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Michael Russell, Kay Ullrich


S1M-98# Tavish Scott: Crisis in Salmon Farming—That the Parliament recognises the financial pressures the Salmon Farming industry in Shetland is facing, and notes that the industry creates employment for 900 people in this peripheral area of Scotland and contributes 60 million per annum to the Shetland economy.

Supported by: Richard Lochhead*

S1M-97 Ms Margo MacDonald: Cannabis and the Scottish Criminal Justice System—That the Parliament calls upon the Scottish Executive, in consultation with the Parliament, to establish a Commission of experts and lay persons to examine and report on social and medical factors which might require changes to be made to Scots Law and the working of the Scottish criminal justice system in relation to the use of cannabis in Scotland.

Supported by: Alex Neil, Dennis Canavan, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Tommy Sheridan, Robin Harper, Christine Grahame, Irene McGugan


S1M-93 Tavish Scott: Cutty Sark Tall Ships Race in Lerwick—That the Parliament congratulates Sail Shetland; Lerwick Port Authority; the sponsors; Balta-sail, and all involved in Shetland’s hosting of the Cutty Sark Tall Ships’ Race in Lerwick between 9-12 August; notes that the event was a showcase for Shetland’s indigenous industries: seafood; agriculture; knitwear; crafts; tourism, and for the exceptional abilities of Shetland’s musicians; and recognises that above all the event was a magnificent illustration of how a small island community can work together to present a positive, exciting and vibrant event to the outside world.


S1M-92# Mr Duncan Hamilton: The closure of Oban and Pentland Coastguard stations—That the Parliament recognises the invaluable service to Scotland of the coastguard stations at Oban and Pentland, condemns their closure announced by Her Majesty’s Government, regrets the loss of local expertise and the real threat to safety that this causes, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to resist these recommendations.

Supported by: Andrew Wilson, Fiona McLeod, Michael Russell, Richard Lochhead*

S1M-91 Mr Kenny MacAskill: One Hundredth Anniversary of the Founding of Albion Motors—That the Parliament notes that 1999 marks the hundredth anniversary of the founding of the Albion Motor Car Company Ltd and thus one hundred years of Scottish transport history and congratulates the drivers of Albion vehicles for making a centenary road run from London to Glasgow and Biggar Museum Trust for organising a centenary rally to celebrate Scotland’s most successful manufacturer of commercial vehicles.

Supported by: Alasdair Morgan, Michael Russell, Tricia Marwick


S1M-89 Donald Gorrie: Human Rights—That the Parliament calls upon the Equal Opportunities Committee and the Procedures Committee to consider varying the remit of the Equal Opportunities Committee so that it is also responsible for considering and reporting on matters relating to human rights and upon the observance in the Parliament of the European Convention on Human Rights and other international agreements relating to human rights binding on the Parliament.

Supported by: Robin Harper


S1M-88 Phil Gallie: Ayr Utd Stadium Planning Approval submitted by South Ayrshire Council—That the Parliament calls upon the Scottish Executive to process Planning Application 98/01178/COU, approved unanimously by South Ayrshire Council, positively and speedily thereby ensuring that Ayr United Football Club will be able to compete on merit for a place in the Scottish Premier League.

Supported by: Alex Fergusson, Michael Russell, Mr Adam Ingram, Nicola Sturgeon, Kay Ullrich, Mr Brian Monteith


S1M-87 Mary Scanlon: National Health Service—That the Parliament calls upon the Scottish Executive to hold talks, as a matter of urgency, with representatives of the medical profession in Scotland in order to discuss their concerns regarding the attitude of Her Majesty’s Government and the effect this is having on morale within the National Health Service.

Supported by: Ben Wallace, David McLetchie, Mr Brian Monteith, Mr David Davidson


S1M-86# Alasdair Morgan: Wigtown, Scotland's National Book Town—That the Parliament notes the initial success of Wigtown, Scotland’s National Book Town, in revitalising the Machars of Galloway since its launch as Book Town in May 1998 and offers its full support for the future growth and development of the Book Town.

Supported by: Michael Russell, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Irene McGugan, Brian Adam, Fiona McLeodR, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Murray Tosh, Alex Fergusson


S1M-85 Tommy Sheridan: Housing Capital Receipts—That the Parliament notes that the housing capital receipts set-aside condition imposed by the Secretary of State for Scotland under Section 94 of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973 severely restricts housing expenditure by local authorities in Scotland and calls upon the Scottish Ministers to revoke the condition as soon as possible.


S1M-84 Alex Neil: Warrant Sales—That the Parliament calls upon the Scottish Executive to bring forward legislation during this Parliamentary year to abolish warrant sales in Scotland.

Supported by: Kay Ullrich, Mr Adam Ingram, Fergus Ewing, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Michael Russell, Linda Fabiani, Tricia Marwick, Irene McGugan


S1M-80 Euan Robson: Scottish Heart at Risk Testing—That the Parliament commends the work of Scottish Heart at Risk Testing (the Cameron Gunn Memorial Fund), the only recognised Scottish charity dedicated to fighting cardiomyopathy in all its forms and raising public awareness of the disease; supports its efforts to set up a national screening programme using echocardiograms and ultra-sound scanners which will provide information to local health boards and cardiology departments, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to support the work of the charity.

Supported by: Mr Keith Raffan, Ian Jenkins, Mrs Margaret Smith, Tavish Scott, George Lyon, Michael Russell, Mr Murray Tosh


S1M-79 Tommy Sheridan: Decentralisation—That the Parliament calls upon the Scottish Executive to locate in Glasgow those departments of the Scottish Administration dealing with industry and development.


S1M-78 Tommy Sheridan: Committees—That the Parliament agrees that a committee of the cities be established in order to consider urban policy.


S1M-77 Tommy Sheridan: Business rates—That the Parliament calls upon the Scottish Ministers to bring forward, as soon as possible, proposals to abolish the existing system for the distribution of revenue collected in respect of business rates (non domestic rates) and replace it with a system which allows the revenue collected within the area of a local authority to be retained by that authority, with an associated financial compensation package applied on a transitional basis.


S1M-75 Robert Brown: Glasgow New Housing Partnership—That the Parliament welcomes the Scottish Executive’s support for the New Housing Partnership and the potential for major improvement of the condition of Glasgow’s housing stock, but notes with concern the centralised nature of Glasgow City Council’s proposals, the criticisms in the Minority Report of the Joint Working Group regarding the organisational, funding, management and tenant security implications of the present plans and the growing opposition by housing associations, tenant groups and tenants to the proposals, and accordingly agrees to refer the matter for urgent and detailed examination by the Audit Committee and the Social Inclusion, Housing and Voluntary Sector Committee of the Parliament.


S1M-74 Mr Murray Tosh: Amendment of Members' Allowances Scheme—That the Parliament calls upon the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body to recommend to the Parliament amendments to the Members’ Allowance Scheme to ensure that no member may recover at the taxpayers’ expense any motorway or other road or parking charge levied, directly or indirectly, under the terms of the Transport Bill intimated by the First Minister in his statement on the Scottish Executive’s legislative programme.

Supported by: John Young, Miss Annabel Goldie, Bill Aitken, Mr Keith Harding, Alex Fergusson, Mr Brian Monteith, Robin Harper, Jamie McGrigor


S1M-72 Miss Annabel Goldie: Decentralisation—That the Parliament agrees the principle of decentralisation of its activities, calls upon the Scottish Executive to adopt the principle of decentralisation by dispersing Departments of the Scottish Administration and any new operations it institutes throughout Scotland, and further calls upon the Scottish Executive to make representations to Her Majesty’s Government that the principle should be applied by it when instituting any new operation in Scotland.

Supported by: Mr David Davidson, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Mr Murray Tosh, David Mundell, David McLetchie, Phil Gallie, Mr Brian Monteith


S1M-70 Alex Neil: Upgrading of A77—That the Parliament calls upon the Scottish Executive to bring forward the planned upgrading of the A77 road between Fenwick and Malletsheugh as a matter of urgency.

Supported by: Margaret Jamieson, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Kay Ullrich, Cathy Jamieson, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Michael Russell, Phil Gallie, David Mundell, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Murray Tosh, Alex Fergusson, Mr Kenneth Macintosh


S1M-69 Mr Mike Rumbles: Location of Food Standards Agency—That the Parliament recognises that Aberdeen, in the Rowett Research Institute, the Macauley Land Research Institute, the Scottish Agricultural College and its two Universities, has one of the largest concentrations of expertise in food science and food technology industries in Europe, and calls upon the Scottish Ministers to seek to have the Scottish branch of the Food Standards Agency established in the North-East of Scotland.

Supported by: Nora Radcliffe, Brian Adam, Elaine Thomson, Tavish Scott, Irene McGugan, Mr David Davidson, Mr Jamie Stone, Mr John Munro, Richard Lochhead*


S1M-66 Mr Brian Monteith: Impact of tolls on Tourism—That the Parliament calls upon the Scottish Ministers to acknowledge the detrimental effect in a globally competitive market that high taxes can have on tourism and, in the light of new statistics showing a fall in the number of visitors to Scotland, resolves to oppose any proposals for new tolls or taxes on roads, hotels and bed and breakfast accommodation which would undermine Scotland’s tourism industry.

Supported by: Mr Keith Harding, Mr Murray Tosh, Phil Gallie, John Young, Bill Aitken, Mr Nick Johnston, Jamie McGrigor, Mr David Davidson, David McLetchie*


S1M-59 Fiona Hyslop: Open cast mining—That the Parliament notes with concern the pending planning application for opencast mining at Badallan Farm in Lanarkshire affecting communities there and in West Lothian and agrees that there should be a moratorium on consideration of any such new applications for open cast extraction pending full and proper debate and investigation by the Parliament and the relevant Committee(s) into open cast mining and its effect on public health and the environment.

Supported by: Mr Kenny MacAskill, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Michael Matheson, Fiona McLeod, Ms Margo MacDonald, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Adam Ingram, Robin Harper

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