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Thursday 16 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-156# Andrew Wilson: Criminal Checks for Voluntary Organisations—That the Parliament recognises the invaluable work done by the broad range of voluntary organisations and calls upon the Scottish Executive to ensure that no charge be levied against voluntary organisations when they apply to have their volunteers, staff and office holders checked by the Scottish Criminal Records Office with regard to child protection.

Supported by: Colin Campbell*, Michael Matheson*, Mr Lloyd Quinan*, Linda Fabiani*


*S1M-155 Mr Jack McConnell: Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Bill.


*S1M-154.1 Bill Aitken: Homelessness —As an amendment to motion (S1M-154) in the name of Ms Wendy Alexander, leave out from ‘that the Scottish’ to ‘and by’ and insert ‘to review the current legislation relating to the repossession of private dwelling houses to permit Sheriffs on cause shown and on consideration of the owner’s personal circumstances to allow reasonable time for the owner to overcome short term financial difficulties, and to’.

Supported by: Lord James Douglas-Hamilton*


*S1M-154.2 Fiona Hyslop: Homelessness—As an amendment to motion (S1M-154) in the name of Ms Wendy Alexander, leave out from ‘the Scottish’ to end and insert ‘tackling homelessness is one of the major challenges facing it, that it supports the Rough Sleepers Initiative and welcomes the Scottish Executive’s continuing support for it, and that it recognises that rough sleeping is only one aspect of homelessness and that any initiative designed to tackle it can only deal with the reality of rough sleeping not the causes behind it; calls upon the Scottish Executive to make the newly established Homelessness Taskforce a priority and to bring forward early measures to deal with the causes of homelessness, new regulations to help homeless people and new legislative proposals to bring homelessness legislation up to date; believes that Executive time is required for early legislation to deal with homelessness and housing in general, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to bring forward the proposed publishing date of a draft housing bill to the end of 1999.’


*S1M-153# Donald Gorrie: Football Clubs—That the Parliament notes the financial difficulties faced by some clubs in the Scottish Football Leagues and supports the clubs having a greater role in youth and community development.


*S1M-151.1 Mr Kenny MacAskill: Transport—As an amendment to motion (S1M-151) in the name of Mr Murray Tosh, leave out from ‘expresses concern’ to end and insert: ‘regrets the failure of successive UK governments to invest in Scotland’s transport infrastructure; believes that in the global economy in the next millennium, Scotland’s social and economic well being depends upon good transport within this country, Europe, and beyond; recognises the need to invest in Scotland’s infrastructure to ensure that affordable transport for passengers and freight is available with minimum environmental impact; and calls upon the Scottish Executive to abolish proposals for the tolling of motorways and trunk roads, strongly urge the Chancellor of the Exchequer to abandon the fuel duty escalator and calls for a review of the reserved powers in schedule 5 as relates to transport.’


*S1M-151.2 Sarah Boyack: Transport—As an amendment to motion (S1M-151) in the name of Mr Murray Tosh, leave out from ‘expresses concern’ to end and insert: ‘commends the efforts the Scottish Executive is making to tackle the consequences of eighteen years of Conservative transport policies and reverse the resulting legacy of under investment, rising congestion and environmental degradation, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to continue to work to deliver a sustainable, effective and integrated transport system through in particular the Programme of Government commitments on investing in public transport, promoting an national transport timetable and bringing forward a Transport Bill in early 2000 whilst reflecting the diverse transport needs of all Scotland’s people, in particular those living in rural area, and by so doing to take the decisions required to deliver, working with others, an integrated transport system fit for the 21st century.


S1M-149# Children's Cardiac Services in Scotland (lodged on 14 September 1999) Robert Brown*, Johann Lamont*, Ms Margaret Curran*, Tommy Sheridan*


S1M-148# Repossession (lodged on 13 September 1999) Tommy Sheridan*


S1M-146 Support for Democracy in Myanmar (lodged on 13 September 1999) Mr Duncan Hamilton*


S1M-140# Upgrading of the Mallaig Road (lodged on 9 September 1999) Mr Duncan Hamilton*


S1M-129# Services to Victims of Crime (lodged on 7 September 1999) Mr Lloyd Quinan*


S1M-123# Lanarkshire Eviction Threat (lodged on 6 September 1999) Ms Sandra White*


S1M-117 Act of Settlement (lodged on 1 September 1999) Tommy Sheridan*


S1M-114 Genetically Modified Crops (lodged on 1 September 1999) Tommy Sheridan*


S1M-108# Public Inquiry into undersea section of Scotland to Northern Ireland electricity interconnector (lodged on 31 August 1999) Mr Duncan Hamilton*


S1M-104 Free School Meals (lodged on 30 August 1999) Tommy Sheridan*


S1M-97 Cannabis and the Scottish Criminal Justice System (lodged on 26 August 1999) Donald Gorrie*, Robert Brown*


S1M-89 Human Rights (lodged on 23 July 1999) Tommy Sheridan*


S1M-69 Location of Food Standards Agency (lodged on 22 June 1999) Ben Wallace*


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