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Monday 1 November 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-239 Mr Jack McConnell: The Scotland Act 1998 (Transitory and Transitional Provisions) (Appropriations) Amendment Order 1999—That the Finance Committee in consideration of the Scotland Act 1998 (Transitory and Transitional Provisions) (Appropriations) Amendment Order 1999 recommends that the Order be approved.


*S1M-238# Cathy Jamieson: Co-operative and Mutual Sector in Scotland—That the Parliament notes the significant contribution made by the co-operative and mutual sector in Scotland, and its continued role in promoting social inclusion and community involvement through initiatives such as retail co-ops, food co-ops, housing co-ops, credit unions, community businesses and its youth movement, the Woodcraft Folk, and welcomes the recent setting up of the Scottish Co-operative and Mutual Forum, which brings together co-operative organisations from across Scotland. R

Supported by: Johann Lamont* R, Margaret Jamieson*, Linda Fabiani*, Robin Harper*, Helen Eadie* R, Hugh Henry* R, Cathy Peattie* R, Cathie Craigie*, Karen Whitefield*, Scott Barrie*


S1M-236 Mr Jack McConnell: Abolition of Feudal Tenure etc. (Scotland) Bill Financial Resolution—That the Parliament for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Abolition of Feudal Tenure etc. (Scotland) Bill, agrees to the following expenditure out of the Scottish Consolidated Fund—

(a) expenditure of the Scottish Administration in consequence of the Act; and

(b) increases attributable to the Act in the sums payable out of the Fund under any other enactment.


S1M-235 Dennis Canavan: A Fair Deal for NHS Workers—That the Parliament recognises the valuable job done by all those who work in the National Health Service; deplores the low level of pay which many of those workers receive; welcomes the Unison lobby of the Scottish Parliament to highlight such injustices, and supports the campaign to ensure a fairer deal for all NHS workers.

Supported by: Mr Lloyd Quinan, Donald Gorrie, Michael Matheson, Kay Ullrich*, Mr Adam Ingram*, Mrs Margaret Ewing*, Alex Neil*

S1M-234 Scott Barrie: Craig Brown—That the Parliament congratulates Craig Brown on being made a Commander of the British Empire at Buckingham Palace; believes that Mr Brown has assembled a squad of players capable of taking Scotland to the European Championship finals, and offers its support for the forthcoming play-offs against England.


S1M-233# Mr Murray Tosh: Lothian and Borders Sheriff Court Review—That the Parliament expresses its concern about the proposed rationalisation of Sheriff Court Services in Lothian and the Borders, and calls upon the Scottish Executive, when it draws up its proposals for action on the Sheriff Principal’s recommendations, to take into account the financial and operational impact of the proposed changes on the police, district court and social work services in the Borders, as well as the cost and inconvenience of the proposed changes to the public, local press and legal practices in the Borders.

Supported by: Phil Gallie, Alex Fergusson, David Mundell, Euan Robson, Ian Jenkins, Christine Grahame*

S1M-229 Susan Deacon: Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning—That the Health and Community Care Committee in consideration of the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (North Coast) (Scotland) Order 1999, SSI 1999/125, recommends that the Order be approved.


S1M-228 Mr Jim Wallace: Maximum Number of Judges—That the Parliament in consideration of the Maximum Number of Judges (Scotland) Order 1999 recommends that the Draft Order in Council be approved.


S1M-226 Rhoda Grant: Highlands and Islands Transport Authority—That the Parliament calls upon the Scottish Executive to enter into talks with local authorities and other interested bodies to advance a Highlands and Islands Transport Authority.


S1M-225 Alasdair Morgan: Threave Rovers Football Club—That the Parliament congratulates Threave Rovers football club of Castle Douglas in reaching the final of the Scottish Qualifying Cup (South) for the first time in their history, wishes them well in that match and wishes both Threave Rovers and their neighbouring Galloway football club, Dalbeattie Star football club, well in the forthcoming Scottish FA Cup for which they both have qualified.

Supported by: Mr Adam Ingram, Fiona McLeod, Michael Russell, Christine Grahame


S1M-224# George Lyon: French Ban on Scottish Beef—That the Parliament welcomes the return of Scottish Beef to European markets but condemns the French government’s continuing ban; calls upon the Scottish Executive to work with its colleagues in Westminster and Brussels to ensure that this illegal ban is removed as quickly as possible; notes with alarm that livestock feed in France is reported to contain animal and possibly human waste; in the light of these reports calls for the European Commission to take urgent action against France to stop this illegal practice, and urges the Scottish Executive to take steps to introduce stricter labelling regulations both to allay consumer fears and to ensure that Scottish produce is properly promoted, so as to provide consumers the information they need to buy Scottish.


S1M-223# Dr Elaine Murray: Pardon for Executed Soldiers—That 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 Majesty’s Government to recommend a posthumous pardon, thus bringing to a close a deeply unhappy and controversial chapter in the history of the Great War.

Supported by: Brian Adam, Dennis Canavan, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Michael Russell, Linda Fabiani, Roseanna Cunningham, Elaine Smith, Donald Gorrie, Alex Neil, Michael Matheson, Hugh Henry, Cathy Jamieson, Kay Ullrich, Phil Gallie*, Fiona McLeod*, Alasdair Morgan*, Mr Adam Ingram*, Mrs Margaret Ewing*, Malcolm Chisholm*


S1M-220 Dennis Canavan: Illegality of Nuclear Weapons—That 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 Majesty’s 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.

Supported by: Michael Russell, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Ms Sandra White, Kay Ullrich, Brian Adam, Dr Winnie Ewing, Christine Grahame, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Roseanna Cunningham, Michael Matheson, Mr Adam Ingram*


*S1M-220.1 Phil Gallie: Illegality of Nuclear Weapons—As an amendment to motion (S1M-220) in the name of Dennis Canavan, leave out from ‘hails’ to end and insert ‘deplores the decision of Sheriff Margaret Gimblett on 21 October 1999 at Greenock Sheriff Court to order the acquittal of Eileen Moxley, Ulla Roder and Angela Zelter on charges of acts of wilful vandalism.’

Supported by: Alex Fergusson*, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh*, David McLetchie*, Mr Murray Tosh*, John Young*


S1M-219# Phil Gallie: Proof of Age Card Scheme—That 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, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Alex Fergusson, Cathy Jamieson, Mr Adam Ingram*


S1M-218# Phil Gallie: Scottish Prison Service—That 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.

Supported by: Alex Fergusson, David Mundell


S1M-217 Dorothy-Grace Elder: Nuclear Weapons—That 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 Majesty’s Government to suspend all military activities there.

Supported by: Alex Neil, Christine Grahame, Ms Margo MacDonald, Ms Sandra White, Alasdair Morgan, Kay Ullrich, Andrew Wilson, Irene McGugan, Dennis Canavan, Michael Russell, Brian Adam, Fiona Hyslop, Dr Winnie Ewing, Nicola Sturgeon, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Linda Fabiani, Roseanna Cunningham, Michael Matheson, Mr Adam Ingram*, Mrs Margaret Ewing*


S1M-216 Michael Russell: Human Rights in China and Tibet—That the Parliament notes that a wide range of individuals wished to bear witness to the continuing international concern regarding the Chinese treatment of Tibet and her people and about many aspects of democratic human rights in China; regrets the heavy handed attitude shown to peaceful and legitimate protests during the recent presidential visit, and agrees that, while a visit by the Chinese President to Scotland would be welcome, those who disagree with his government should have the right to show that disagreement fully protected during any such visit.

Supported by: Mr Lloyd Quinan, Alex Neil, Ms Margo MacDonald, Fiona Hyslop, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Linda Fabiani, Roseanna Cunningham, Alasdair Morgan, Michael Matheson, Mr Adam Ingram*


S1M-215 Ms Margo MacDonald: Legal Ruling on Nuclear Weapons—That the Parliament notes the ruling by Sheriff Margaret Gimblett on the illegality of the nuclear weapons system located at Faslane; further notes that the Lord Advocate will have to decide whether to refer the judgement to the High Court; calls upon Her Majesty’s Government, irrespective of the final legal outcome, to recognise and accept that this issue falls within Scots law jurisdiction, and urges Her Majesty’s Government to desist from seeking to exercise any powers in the matter.

Supported by: Mr Lloyd Quinan, Alex Neil, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Ms Sandra White, Michael Russell, Irene McGugan, Andrew Wilson, Brian Adam, Fiona Hyslop, Dr Winnie Ewing, Nicola Sturgeon, Christine Grahame, Linda Fabiani, Roseanna Cunningham, Alasdair Morgan, Mrs Margaret Ewing*


S1M-214 Mr Jim Wallace: Abolition of Feudal Tenure etc. (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Abolition of Feudal Tenure etc. (Scotland) Bill.

Supported by: Ms Margo MacDonald


S1M-213 Mr Jim Wallace: Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Bill.


S1M-212# Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: Scottish Parliamentary Elections—That the Parliament notes with grave concern that 2097 votes in the Scottish parliamentary election list vote from the West Edinburgh parliamentary division were not counted as well as other irregularities elsewhere, and calls upon the First Minister to consult urgently with the Secretary of State for Scotland with regard to the outcome of the arrangements for counting these votes and to make a statement to the Parliament.

Supported by: Alex Fergusson, Mary Scanlon, Robin Harper, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Ms Margo MacDonald, Fiona Hyslop, David Mundell, Phil Gallie*


S1M-210 Richard Lochhead: RAF Buchan—That the Parliament takes note of the strong case for retaining RAF Buchan as outlined in Aberdeenshire Council’s submission to the review of the UK’s Air Surveillance and Control Systems and expresses concern at the threat to local employment and the local economy that would result if RAF Buchan was to be closed.

Supported by: Brian Adam, Irene McGugan, Nora Radcliffe, Alasdair Morgan


S1M-209# Alex Fergusson: South West Transport Links—That the Parliament welcomes Stena Sealink’s recent decision to create 20 new jobs by substantially increasing its investment in the Loch Ryan to Northern Ireland ferry route, and calls upon the Executive to match that commitment by announcing significant road improvement schemes for the A75 and A77 trunk routes to Stranraer.

Supported by: David Mundell, Alasdair Morgan, Cathy Jamieson, Phil Gallie*, Mr Adam Ingram*


S1M-208# Michael Russell: Unemployment in North Ayrshire—That the Parliament notes that the September unemployment figures for North Ayrshire confirm its position as the second worst unemployment blackspot in Scotland and seeks the urgent attention of the Scottish Executive, the Scottish Parliament, and North Ayrshire Council to address the human and economic crisis that exists in this part of Scotland.

Supported by: Mr Murray Tosh, Kay Ullrich, Christine Grahame, Mr Kenneth Gibson, David Mundell, Ms Irene Oldfather, Phil Gallie*


S1M-207 Tommy Sheridan: Pensions Increase—That the Parliament expresses its disgust at the pension increase of seventy-five pence a week to be paid out by Her Majesty’s Government; believes that this increase is a good reason for the Scottish Parliament to have powers over social security, and calls upon Her Majesty’s Government to give a substantial increase to pensioners and to restore the link to average earnings.

Supported by: Alex Neil, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Ms Margo MacDonald, Fiona Hyslop, Linda Fabiani, Roseanna Cunningham, Mr Adam Ingram*


S1M-206 Mrs Mary Mulligan: Respect Campaign—That the Parliament welcomes the Respect campaign as piloted by Zero Tolerance and wishes to place primary prevention at the heart of its strategy to target male violence.

Supported by: Malcolm Chisholm, Roseanna Cunningham, Cathy Jamieson


S1M-205# Mr Kenny MacAskill: Helicopter Crash on Mull of Kintyre—That the Parliament notes with concern the distress of the relatives of the pilots killed in the crash of Chinook ZD576 on the Mull of Kintyre on 2 June 1994, the cause of which was attributed by the Ministry of Defence to pilot error; notes further that information regarding the FADEC system used in the flight was not available to the fatal accident inquiry held in Paisley, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to consider further inquiries into the events relating to the crash and its investigation.

Supported by: Phil Gallie, Tricia Marwick, Michael Russell, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Dr Winnie Ewing, Donald Gorrie, Dennis Canavan, Roseanna Cunningham


S1M-204# Ms Irene Oldfather: Removal of Patients from GP Lists—That the Parliament recognises the Scottish Executive’s commitment to a patient centred health service, but notes with concern the threat to public confidence posed by the perceived unfairness of the removal of a patient from a General Practitioner’s list and, while defending the right of doctors to terminate a relationship which is not working, calls upon the Executive to draw up plans to require General Practitioners to provide reasons when removing patients from their lists.

Supported by: Ms Margo MacDonald, Nora Radcliffe, Dr Elaine Murray, Margaret Jamieson


S1M-203 Michael Matheson: Tobacco Advertising Ban—That the Parliament calls upon the Scottish Executive to maintain its commitment to banning tobacco advertising in Scotland by the end of 1999; notes that Scotland has one of the highest incidences of lung cancer in western Europe, with smoking accounting for around 90% of all lung cancer and notes that any delay in banning tobacco advertising will seriously undermine the battle to reduce the misery of lung cancer in Scotland.

Supported by: Mr Adam Ingram, Shona Robison, Nicola Sturgeon, Alex Neil, Andrew Wilson, Fiona McLeod, Brian Adam, Ms Margo MacDonald, Irene McGugan, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Nora Radcliffe


S1M-202 Tommy Sheridan: Rail Safety—That the Parliament notes with concern the railcrash at Paddington and expresses its sympathy with the families of the bereaved and the survivors; notes with concern that there are two signals in Scotland causing safety problems; believes that there is a conflict between private profit and safety, and asks the Scottish Executive to persuade Her Majesty’s Government to take the railways back into public ownership with compensation on the basis of need for the shareholders.


S1M-200# Mr Kenneth Gibson: Sleep and Road Accidents—That the Parliament recognises that a significant proportion of all road accidents resulting in death or serious injury are caused by sleepiness; notes the human misery caused by fatal road accidents, which cost 1 million each year; notes that at least 1% of Scotland’s adult population has a medical cause for sleepiness; acknowledges the Royal College of Physicians’ observation that untreated sleep apnoea sufferers may have driving impairments comparable with other drivers over the legal limit of alcohol consumption; acknowledges that sleep apnoea is readily treatable with a machine costing 300 that lasts 10 years; welcomes the launch of the British Sleep Foundation which aims, in conjunction with the Scottish Association for Sleep Apnoea, to increase the public and professional understanding of sleep related disorders, to reduce driving accidents and other health and safety problems related to insufficient sleep and untreated sleep disorders and to advocate public policy change which promotes education, research and the NHS treatment, and calls upon the Parliament to fully support these aims.

Supported by: Fergus Ewing, Michael Russell, Brian Adam, Fiona Hyslop


S1M-199# Elaine Smith: Telecommunications Developments—That the Parliament notes the current debate surrounding proposals to increase the powers currently available to local authorities in the control of telecommunications developments; welcomes the Transport and Environment Committee’s review and inquiry into the planning and health related issues associated with telecommunications developments, and acknowledges "public perception" as an important factor in the planning process.

Supported by: Dr Sylvia Jackson, Ms Sandra White, Michael Russell, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Cathie Craigie, Rhoda Grant, Elaine Thomson, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Dennis Canavan, Dr Elaine Murray, Cathy Jamieson


S1M-198 Cathy Jamieson: Jubilee 2000 Campaign—That the Parliament congratulates all organisations and individuals in Scotland who have declared their support for the objectives of the Jubilee 2000 Campaign, and resolves to support the case for the cancellation of debt repayments by developing countries.

Supported by: Tricia Marwick, Fiona McLeod, Malcolm Chisholm, Irene McGugan, Fiona Hyslop, Nora Radcliffe, Dr Elaine Murray, Roseanna Cunningham, Linda Fabiani, Mr Adam Ingram*

S1M-197 Fergus Ewing: Police Funding over the Millennium Period—That the Parliament recognises that the Hogmanay holiday period of 1999-2000 will place on all of Scotland’s police forces demands upon their resources additional to those normally encountered during this time of year, both in ensuring public safety at the numerous Millennium festivities and in ensuring necessary contingency planning to safeguard health services, utilities and other vital services whose continuity may be in jeopardy through the Millennium bug; notes with concern that detailed requests for the required additional funding have been made on behalf of Scotland’s police forces early this year to the Scottish Office and thereafter to the Scottish Executive, but that the Executive have failed to respond to these requests; further notes that the Metropolitan police in London have received additional resources for Millennium policing, and calls upon the Executive to announce, without further delay, similar funding for Scotland’s police forces.

Supported by: Ms Margo MacDonald, Mr Kenneth Gibson


S1M-193# Brian Adam: Detoxification and Rehabilitation Services in North East Scotland—That the Parliament encourages the local government and health authorities in north east Scotland to provide detoxification and rehabilitation facilities within the area and further calls upon the Scottish Executive to make the resources available to allow early provision of such facilities.

Supported by: Richard Lochhead, Irene McGugan, Mr Mike Rumbles


S1M-189# Michael Matheson: Pollution of Bo'ness Domestic Water Supply—That the Parliament notes with concern the ongoing pollution of the domestic water supply in parts of Bo’ness with heavy metals; notes that East of Scotland Water has failed to publish scientific reports into the extent of the pollution and has not operated in an open and accountable manner; notes the potential health risks to the local community and calls for an urgent review of East of Scotland Water’s handling of this matter and for related scientific reports to be placed in the public domain.

Supported by: Linda Fabiani, Roseanna Cunningham, Alex Neil, Mr Adam Ingram, Andrew Wilson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Fiona Hyslop, Mr Kenneth Gibson


S1M-188# Mr John Swinney: Stracathro Hospital—That the Parliament recognises the invaluable services that Stracathro Hospital provides to the people of Angus and the Mearns; expresses its concern that significant changes to the delivery of services at the hospital are being undertaken by Tayside University Hospital NHS Trust during the Acute Services Review, and asks that the Scottish Executive give assurances that no changes to delivery of services will be undertaken until the Acute Services Review is completed and agreed.

Supported by: Mr Andrew Welsh, Irene McGugan, Mr Mike Rumbles, Brian Adam, Tommy Sheridan, Alasdair Morgan


S1M-184 Mr David Davidson: Food Standards Agency location in Aberdeen—That the Parliament congratulates Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire councils supported by the many organisations of the area on winning the bid to locate the Scottish arm of the Food Standards Agency in Aberdeen.

Supported by: Brian Adam, Mr Mike Rumbles


S1M-183 Brian Adam: Advisory Committees—That the Parliament calls on the Scottish Executive to review its advisory committee structure to ensure openness and accountability in particular by publishing details of membership of such bodies and of the advice given by them.

Supported by: Richard Lochhead, Irene McGugan, Tommy Sheridan, Fiona McLeod


S1M-182# Brian Adam: Aberdeen City Council Lobbyist—That the Parliament recognises that the City of Aberdeen has failed to secure vital funding from central government in recent years but urges Aberdeen City Council to avoid using public funds to hire the services of a private lobbying firm or public relations agency to promote the city’s case to the Scottish Executive for additional funding.

Supported by: Richard Lochhead, Irene McGugan, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Fergus Ewing, Dennis Canavan, Tommy Sheridan


S1M-181 Mrs Margaret Smith: Major Planning Consents—That the Parliament notes the successful appeal by developers to build housing upon Corstorphine Hill; notes that the developers have the right to rely on a 23 year old planning consent, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to bring forward instructions to require that local authorities monitor major planning consents, and issue completion notices 10 years after the initial granting of planning permission if the development has not yet been completed.

Supported by: Donald Gorrie


S1M-180 Tommy Sheridan: BBC TV election coverage —That the Parliament notes with concern the poor and biased coverage of the Hamilton South by-election on 24 September on BBC TV, which failed to mention the Scottish Socialist Party and omitted the Scottish Socialist Party candidate when the result was presented on screen, despite the candidate’s third place, and believes that this bias is a good argument for an autonomous BBC Scotland.


S1M-174 Fergus Ewing: Sunday Post—That the Parliament congratulates the ‘Sunday Post’ on its campaign against the Fuel Duty Escalator policy and urges all Members of the Scottish Parliament to display on their car the Sunday Post sticker ‘Say No To Petrol Price Rises’.

Supported by: Mr Kenneth Gibson, Mr John Swinney, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Alasdair Morgan, Ms Sandra White, Andrew Wilson, Michael Russell, Roseanna Cunningham, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Fiona McLeod, Fiona Hyslop


S1M-173# Mr John McAllion: Right of access to Crown Office files and information—That the Parliament supports the rights of families of murder victims, including Mr and Mrs Crossan of Dundee, to access to all Crown Office files and information relating to the resulting murder trials.

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan, Elaine Smith, Cathy Jamieson


S1M-166 Mr John Munro: Integrated Administration and Control System (IACS)—That the Parliament notes with concern the continuing inequalities and complexities inherent in the Integrated Administration and Control System (IACS)and recognises that there is urgent need for an independent ombudsman to hear individual subsidy grievances.

Supported by: Mr Jamie Stone, George Lyon, Tavish Scott, Euan Robson, Fergus Ewing, Nora Radcliffe


S1M-161 Michael Russell: East Timor—That the Parliament expresses its appreciation of the work of the international observers during the East Timor referendum, expresses solidarity with the people of East Timor, and calls on the House of Representatives of Indonesia to convene immediately to endorse the result of the ballot in which the overwhelming majority of the East Timor electorate voted for independence.

Supported by: Dennis Canavan, Tricia Marwick, Kay Ullrich, Alasdair Morgan, Andrew Wilson, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Fergus Ewing, Fiona McLeod, Roseanna Cunningham


S1M-159 Fergus Ewing: Sean Connery—That the Parliament congratulates Sean Connery on the award that is about to be bestowed upon him in recognition of his contribution to the cinema by the John F Kennedy Centre for Performing Arts in Washington and which is to be presented to Mr Connery by the President of the United States of America at the White House.

Supported by: Alasdair Morgan, Andrew Wilson, Michael Russell, Phil Gallie*

S1M-149# Pauline McNeill: Children's Cardiac Services in Scotland—That the Parliament notes that Yorkhill children’s hospital in Glasgow is unique in Scotland, undertaking most of the children’s cardiac work; notes that Yorkhill has been recognised as a unique centre of excellence dedicated to a range of provision from pre-birth to paediatric care in the community, and recognises that any decision to merge the cardiac units must be based on what is best for children throughout Scotland, on a clear set of agreed clinical criteria, and must include measures to safeguard the interests of both children’s hospitals in Scotland.

Supported by: Ms Patricia Ferguson, Mike Watson, Robert Brown, Johann Lamont, Ms Margaret Curran, Tommy Sheridan, Paul Martin, Fiona McLeod


S1M-148# Bill Aitken: Repossession—That the Parliament calls upon the Scottish Executive to review the current legislation relating to 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 problems.

Supported by: David McLetchie, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Keith Harding, Mr Murray Tosh, Phil Gallie*


S1M-146 Michael Russell: Support for Democracy in Myanmar—That the Parliament, while celebrating the start of a new democratic era in Scotland remembers those who still struggle for basic democratic rights in their own countries and in particular sends its greetings and encouragement to Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Aung San Suu Kyi, the democratic opposition leader in Myanmar, who has been subject to harassment and house arrest because of her campaign to bring democracy to Myanmar.

Supported by: Roseanna Cunningham, Alasdair Morgan, Mr John Swinney, Allan Wilson, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Linda Fabiani, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Fergus Ewing, Ms Margo MacDonald


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, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Mrs Margaret Smith, Mary Scanlon, Linda Fabiani, Mr Keith Harding, Alasdair Morgan, Fergus Ewing, Mr David Davidson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Murray Tosh, Michael Russell, Mr Mike Rumbles, Ms Margo MacDonald, Nora Radcliffe, Phil Gallie*

S1M-141 Irene McGugan: Skye Bridge—That the Parliament requires the Transport and Environment Committee to inquire into all aspects of the finance, construction and operation of the Skye Bridge, including the relevant toll order and assignation statement.

Supported by: Mr John Munro, Michael Russell, Dr Winnie Ewing, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Mr Jamie Stone, Brian Adam, Linda Fabiani, Fiona McLeod, Alasdair Morgan, Mr Mike Rumbles, Fiona Hyslop, Nora Radcliffe


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, Nora Radcliffe


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, Fergus Ewing, Mr Mike Rumbles


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, David Mundell, Alex Fergusson R, Irene McGugan, Mr Murray Tosh, Phil Gallie*


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, Dr Winnie Ewing, Andrew Wilson, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Michael Russell, Alex Neil, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Linda Fabiani, Fiona McLeod, Alasdair Morgan, Mr Gil Paterson, Christine Grahame, Fiona Hyslop, Ian Welsh, Roseanna Cunningham, Ms Irene Oldfather, Margaret Jamieson


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, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Dr Elaine Murray, Nicola Sturgeon, Mrs Margaret Smith, Hugh Henry, Mr Michael McMahon, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Tricia Marwick, Michael Russell, Richard Lochhead, Ian Jenkins, Alex Fergusson, Fiona Hyslop, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Andrew Wilson, Mr Murray Tosh, Fergus Ewing, Fiona McLeod, Roseanna Cunningham, Cathy Jamieson


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, Alex Neil, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Andrew Wilson, Ms Sandra White, Linda Fabiani, Fergus Ewing, Fiona Hyslop


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, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Fergus Ewing, Mr John Swinney, Andrew Wilson, Fiona McLeod


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, Dr Winnie Ewing, Mrs Margaret Smith, Andrew Wilson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Linda Fabiani, Tommy Sheridan, Nora Radcliffe, Mr Murray Tosh, Christine Grahame, Mr Adam Ingram, Irene McGugan, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Nicola Sturgeon, David Mundell, Roseanna Cunningham, Alex Neil, Cathy Jamieson, Mr Alex Salmond*

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, Dr Winnie Ewing, Andrew Wilson, Tommy Sheridan, Linda Fabiani, Fergus Ewing


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, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr John Munro, Mr Jamie Stone, Donald Gorrie, Robert Brown, Linda Fabiani, Mr Keith Raffan, Andrew Wilson, Mr Mike Rumbles, Ms Sandra White, Nora Radcliffe


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