BUSINESS BULLETIN 77/1999
Tuesday 26 October 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-223# Dr Elaine Murray: Pardon for Executed SoldiersThat the Parliament believes that it is not too late to restore the names and reputations of the soldiers of the British Empire Forces court martialled and executed, mostly on the Western Front, in the four years 1914-18, following charges ranging across desertion, cowardice, quitting posts, sleeping at posts, disobedience, striking a superior officer and casting away arms; regrets deficiencies in their opportunity to prepare adequate defence and appeals; notes the marked and enlightened change in the Army's attitude just over a score of years later to the consequences of soldiers enduring long periods of severe cold and damp, lack of food and sleep coupled with the stress and shock of constant shellfire with the result that not a single solider was executed on these charges throughout the six years from 1939-45; considers that the vast majority of the 307 executed were as patriotic and brave as their million other compatriots who perished in the conflict and that their misfortune was brought about due to stress, or the stress of their accusers, during battle, and that even if the behaviour of a small minority may have fallen below that of the highest standards then time, compassion and justice dictates that all of these soldiers should now be treated as victims of the conflict, and urges Her Majestys Government to recommend a posthumous pardon, thus bringing to a close a deeply unhappy and controversial chapter in the history of the Great War.
*S1M-222 Roseanna Cunningham: Criminal Legal AidThat the Justice and Home Affairs Committee recommends that nothing further is to be done under the Criminal Legal Aid (Fixed Payments) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 1999 (SSI 1999/48).
*S1M-221 Ms Wendy Alexander: Domestic ViolenceThat the Parliament supports the final Workplan prepared by the Scottish Partnership on Domestic Abuse and welcomes the establishment by the Scottish Executive of a Domestic Abuse Service Development Fund to improve local arrangements for assisting women and children who are victims of domestic abuse.
Supported by: Jackie Baillie*
*S1M-220 Dennis Canavan: Illegality of Nuclear WeaponsThat the Parliament hails the decision of Sheriff Margaret Gimblett on 21 October at Greenock Sheriff Court to order the acquittal of Ellen Moxley, Ulla Roder and Angie Zelter on charges of causing damage to a Trident vessel in Loch Goil; salutes the courage of all four women; recognises that this historic decision in effect rules that the deployment of nuclear weapons is illegal under international law, and calls upon Her Majestys Government to show a lead to other nuclear powers by removing all nuclear weapons from British soil and British territorial waters and pursuing a non-nuclear defence strategy.
*S1M-219# Phil Gallie: Proof of Age Card SchemeThat the Parliament commends the actions of South Ayrshire Council in setting up the Proof of Age Card Scheme, which addresses in a positive manner the problem of underage procurement of alcohol, cigarettes and other harmful substances.
Supported by: Michael Russell*
*S1M-218# Phil Gallie: Scottish Prison ServiceThat the Parliament condemns the reduction of funding for the Scottish Prison Service; expresses concern at statements made that this will lead to a reduction in prison officers, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to reverse its inappropriate and potentially dangerous decision.
*S1M-217 Dorothy-Grace Elder: Nuclear WeaponsThat the Parliament, conscious of the assurances from the Ministry of Defence about the safety of the military nuclear facilities at Faslane and Loch Goil, notes that the three women accused of illegally entering the military base there gained easy entry; notes the universal acceptance of the inherent danger to human life posed by nuclear material; calls upon the Scottish Executive to initiate an immediate investigation into the threat to the health and safety of the Scottish population and the environment represented by the nuclear base, and requests Her Majestys Government to suspend all military activities there.
Supported by: Alex Neil*, Christine Grahame*, Ms Margo MacDonald*
S1M-216 Human Rights in China and Tibet (lodged on 22 October 1999) Mr Lloyd Quinan*, Alex Neil*, Ms Margo MacDonald*
S1M-215 Legal Ruling on Nuclear Weapons (lodged on 22 October 1999) Mr Lloyd Quinan*, Alex Neil*
S1M-214 Abolition of Feudal Tenure etc. (Scotland) Bill (lodged on 22 October 1999) Ms Margo MacDonald*
S1M-212# Scottish Parliamentary Elections (lodged on 22 October 1999) Mary Scanlon*, Robin Harper*, Mr Lloyd Quinan*, Ms Margo MacDonald*
S1M-210 RAF Buchan (lodged on 20 October 1999) Irene McGugan*
S1M-207 Pensions Increase (lodged on 15 October 1999) Ms Margo MacDonald*
S1M-206 Respect Campaign (lodged on 15 October 1999) Malcolm Chisholm*
S1M-204# Removal of Patients from GP Lists (lodged on 14 October 1999) Ms Margo MacDonald*
S1M-203 Tobacco Advertising Ban (lodged on 12 October 1999) Ms Margo MacDonald*
S1M-201# Borders Rail Link (lodged on 11 October 1999) Ms Margo MacDonald*
S1M-201.1 Borders Rail Link (lodged on 22 October 1999) Tavish Scott*
S1M-199# Telecommunications Developments (lodged on 8 October 1999) Rhoda Grant*
S1M-198 Jubilee 2000 Campaign (lodged on 8 October 1999) Malcolm Chisholm*
S1M-197 Police Funding over the Millennium Period (lodged on 7 October 1999) Ms Margo MacDonald*
S1M-193# Detoxification and Rehabilitation Services in North East Scotland (lodged on 6 October 1999) Mr Mike Rumbles*
S1M-184 Food Standards Agency location in Aberdeen (lodged on 5 October 1999) Mr Mike Rumbles*
S1M-146 Support for Democracy in Myanmar (lodged on 13 September 1999) Ms Margo MacDonald*
S1M-145 Scottish History (lodged on 10 September 1999) Mr Mike Rumbles*, Ms Margo MacDonald*
S1M-141 Skye Bridge (lodged on 14 September 1999) Mr Mike Rumbles*
S1M-136# Sheep Industry (lodged on 8 September 1999) Mr Mike Rumbles*
S1M-97 Cannabis and the Scottish Criminal Justice System (lodged on 26 August 1999) Mr Mike Rumbles*