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Monday 15 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 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 (#).

*S1M-282 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.

*S1M-281# Donald Gorrie: Proposed Accommodation at Holyrood-That the Parliament expresses to the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body its concerns about the inflexibility and layout of the accommodation proposed on the Holyrood site for the staff of MSPs and the staff assisting the party groups and directs the SPCB to consult MSPs and bring forward plans to provide better arrangements to enable MSPs to work as efficiently as possible.

Supported by: Ms Margo MacDonald*, Mr John Munro*, Nora Radcliffe*, Tavish Scott*, Mr Jamie Stone*, Mr Keith Raffan*, Mr Mike Rumbles*, Euan Robson*

S1M-280# Elaine Smith: UN Convention Report on the Rights of the Child -That the Parliament notes the recent publication of the second report by Her Majesty's Government on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child; acknowledges the excellent work being undertaken by statutory and voluntary bodies at national and local level in upholding the Convention, including 'Parents Action for Safe Play Kirkshaws', an example of good practice in the constituency of Coatbridge and Chryston; affirms its support for the convention, and commits itself to working to ensure that it is fully implemented in Scotland. 

Supported by: Dennis Canavan*

S1M-279# Dr Elaine Murray: Crichton University-That the Parliament notes and welcomes the excellent initiatives taken by all partners in the development of the Crichton University campus in Dumfries, in particular the collaboration between educational institutions, and urges the Scottish Executive to investigate this site and model of delivery as a basis for the development of a University of the South of Scotland.

Supported by: Michael Russell*

S1M-278 Alasdair Morgan: Scottish Beef Export to France-That the Parliament notes the lack of success of Her Majesty's Government in returning UK beef to the French market; further notes the distinctiveness of Scotland's high quality beef products and that Scotland's BSE record is much lower than that of the UK as a whole, and, given that agriculture is a devolved matter, calls upon the Minister for Rural Affairs to take the case for Scotch Beef direct to the French Government to ensure that the ban on Scotch Beef is lifted as soon as possible as opposed to Scotland's case being dragged down by the UK case as ineffectually put forward by Her Majesty's Government.

Supported by: Dorothy-Grace Elder, Christine Grahame, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr John Swinney, Richard Lochhead, Michael Russell*

S1M-277 Dennis Canavan: Chechnya-That the Parliament notes representations made by the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs to the Russian Foreign Minister about the situation in Chechnya; expresses deep concern over the Russian military offensive which continues to exact devastating effects upon civilian life and property; salutes the work of agencies working in this area to promote respect for humanitarian principles, and calls upon the international community to take action to alleviate the plight of refugees and to ensure respect for democracy and human rights in Chechnya.

Supported by: Alex Neil*, Tommy Sheridan*

S1M-276 Michael Russell: BBC Resources and BBC Worldwide-That the Parliament notes with concern the proposals contained in the Davies report regarding BBC Resources and BBC Worldwide, believing that any threat to BBC Resources in Scotland will have a detrimental effect on the BBC in Scotland and on the Scottish independent sector and will inevitably be detrimental to training provision for the production industries, lead to job losses and affect the ability to be a public service broadcaster capable of responding in a national emergency; further notes that the sale of BBC Resources and BBC Worldwide will also have little positive impact on the financing of the BBC and, in the case of BBC Worldwide, may actually reduce the income available to the BBC; supports the devolution of broadcasting powers, but in the meantime urges Her Majesty's Government to reject the Davies report and take no steps to sell off such important parts of the broadcasting infrastructure. R

S1M-275# Nicola Sturgeon: Pollokshaws Sports Centre-That the Parliament recognises the importance of accessible sport and leisure facilities in communities around Scotland; notes with regret the decision of Glasgow City Council to close the well-used Pollokshaws Sports Centre and urges reversal of that decision, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to highlight the positive role that community sports facilities can play in combating social exclusion and improving the lives of people in our most deprived communities.

Supported by: Dorothy-Grace Elder, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Ms Sandra White

S1M-274 Richard Lochhead: Investigation Into Water Charges-That the Parliament, in the light of the proposed significant increases in water charges particularly in the North of Scotland Water Authority area, calls upon the Transport and Environment Committee to investigate urgently these increases, the Scottish Executive's response and the implications of the new regulatory regime for customers.

Supported by: Fergus Ewing, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Irene McGugan, Mr Adam Ingram, Fiona McLeod, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Colin Campbell, Ms Sandra White, Mr John Swinney, Christine Grahame, Dr Winnie Ewing

S1M-273# Andrew Wilson: Cumbernauld School Closures-That the Parliament condemns the sham consultation process by North Lanarkshire council over the proposed closure of schools in Cumbernauld and calls upon Councillor Charles Gray, North Lanarkshire Education Convenor, to take full account of parents' wishes and not dismiss them out of hand.

Supported by: Alex Neil, Linda Fabiani, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Mr Gil Paterson, Colin Campbell

S1M-272# Karen Whitefield: Credit Union-That the Parliament recognises the benefits brought to many communities such as Airdrie and Shotts by credit unions including access to low cost credit to families who would otherwise have to borrow from high interest loan sharks, encouraging a saving ethos and empowering communities to address their own problems, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to bring forward measures to establish and implement a credit union development strategy for Scotland that will ensure a consistent level of support throughout Scotland.

Supported by: Michael Russell*, Rhoda Grant*

S1M-271# Mr Jamie McGrigor: Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning Compensation for Scallop Industry-That the Parliament welcomes the detailed report of the Rural Affairs Committee on the impact of amnesic shellfish poisoning but believes that retrospective compensation should be forthcoming for scallop fishermen who, in complying with the ban, have lost their income and recommends that the Executive act on this immediately.

Supported by: Mr Murray Tosh, Phil Gallie, Dr Winnie Ewing, Mr David Davidson*, Ben Wallace*, Mr Brian Monteith*

S1M-270# Brian Adam: East Coast Electrification-That the Parliament supports the electrification of the east coast railway line from Edinburgh to Aberdeen and calls upon the Scottish Executive to take the lead in funding a partnership with the appropriate local authorities and Railtrack to deliver rail electrification.

Supported by: Shona Robison, Tricia Marwick, Bruce Crawford, Richard Lochhead, Irene McGugan, Fiona Hyslop, Kay Ullrich, Mr Mike Rumbles, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Alex Neil

S1M-269# George Lyon: Scallop Fishing-That the Parliament applauds the patience and good will shown by Scottish scallop fishermen and scallop processors who are facing severe financial hardship as a result of the ban on scallop and queen scallop fishing which has been in place in Scotland's Northern and Western waters since mid-Summer; is concerned that many fragile rural economies, and the communities they support, are on the verge of collapse as a result of the ban; recognises that the Scottish scallop fishing industry is in no way responsible for the algae which cause Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning (ASP), and calls upon the Scottish Executive to support the scallop industry through the introduction of a compensation package, a through review of current testing and monitoring procedures, and a commitment to work with the industry to safeguard its long term future.

Supported by: Dr Winnie Ewing

S1M-268 Robin Harper: Field Trials of GM Crops-That the Parliament calls upon the Scottish Executive not to licence further field trials of genetically modified crops until the Rural Affairs and Transport & Environment committees have reported to Parliament on the risks from these trials to existing agriculture and to Scotland's natural heritage.

Supported by: Dennis Canavan*

S1M-267 Robin Harper: Commercial GM Crops-That the Parliament calls upon the Scottish Executive to introduce an open-ended moratorium on the planting of genetically modified crops for commercial purposes until they are shown to be safe with respect to existing agriculture and Scotland's natural heritage.

S1M-265 Richard Lochhead: Location of Meetings of the Parliament-That the Parliament recognises that taking its activities outwith Edinburgh and Glasgow on a regular basis would send a positive signal to the whole of Scotland and calls upon the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body and the Parliamentary Bureau to identify a suitable location in the north east of Scotland to host meetings of the Parliament in the event that a temporary home is required.

S1M-264# Ms Sandra White: Police Resources and Special Events-That the Parliament calls upon the Scottish Executive to address the anomaly whereby Scottish police forces have to cover the cost of policing visiting dignitaries and other special duties from their existing budgets unlike the Metropolitan Police who were recently given an additional £176 million in 1999-2000 to cover such events.

Supported by: Dr Winnie Ewing, Michael Russell, Tommy Sheridan*

S1M-263 Karen Whitefield: Stane Primary School-That the Parliament expresses its sympathy and support for the pupils, parents and teachers of Stane Primary School, the building of which was destroyed by fire on Sunday 7 November.

Supported by: Rhoda Grant*, Michael Russell*, Mr Brian Monteith*

S1M-262# Mr Nick Johnston: Scottish Gliding Union-That the Parliament notes the threat to the continuing use of Portmoak airfield by the Scottish Gliding Union, due to creeping developments affecting the runways and glide path.

S1M-261# George Lyon: The Kintyre Economy-That the Parliament notes the severe problems facing the Kintyre economy as it faces the combination of a downturn in all its primary industries, a drop in tourist numbers in the last two years and the threat of Sea Containers pulling out of the Campbeltown-Ballycastle ferry service, and calls for co-ordinated and effective action to ensure that the ferry crossing remains and that the necessary investments are made to safeguard the long term viability of Kintyre's communities.

Supported by: Dr Winnie Ewing, Michael Russell, Euan Robson*, Mr Jamie McGrigor*, Dennis Canavan*

S1M-260 Mr Lloyd Quinan: Hamish Henderson-That the Parliament recognises the contribution Hamish Henderson has made, not only to Scottish culture through song, verse and by translation of other nations' culture into English and Scots, but to the reputation of Scotland as a progressive, forward looking, inclusive nation, both at home and abroad; congratulates him on the occasion of his 80th birthday and recognises that, as a veteran of the Second World War, its co-incidence with armistice day is a fitting point for reflection on the values of peace, social justice and the aspiration to a global community based on trust and mutual respect crossing all boundaries which underpin his work.

Supported by: Michael Russell, Andrew Wilson, Roseanna Cunningham, Kay Ullrich, Ms Margo MacDonald, Mr Gil Paterson, Bill Aitken, Mr Adam Ingram, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Cathy Peattie, Fiona Hyslop, Linda Fabiani, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Andrew Welsh, Alex Neil, Bruce Crawford, Brian Adam, Mr Jamie Stone, Dr Winnie Ewing, Irene McGugan, Mr Mike Rumbles, Robin Harper

S1M-259# Roseanna Cunningham: Traditional Music in Scotland-That the Parliament welcomes the recent initiative set up jointly by the Scottish Arts Council and Scottish Tourist Board with the intention of developing visitor access to traditional music; calls for the extension of this initiative beyond the pilot areas of Fife, Shetland, Ross and Cromarty, the Borders and Orkney, and recognises that this work re-affirms the key role of Scotland's indigenous arts in any cultural strategy as well as in the economic life of Scotland.

Supported by: Linda Fabiani, Cathy Peattie, Bill Aitken, Alex Neil, Robin Harper, Alex Fergusson, Mr Jamie McGrigor*

S1M-256 Linda Fabiani: International Investment Strategies-That the Parliament notes that the World Trade Organisation meets in Seattle this month (November) to commence negotiations on international investment strategies and calls upon the Scottish Executive to initiate a debate and take immediate action to prevent the potential undermining of many of the Parliament's powers and functions.

Supported by: Cathy Jamieson, Roseanna Cunningham, Michael Matheson, Dennis Canavan, Tommy Sheridan, Robin Harper, Alex Neil, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Mr Jamie Stone, Michael Russell, Brian Adam, Ms Margo MacDonald, Andrew Wilson, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Shona Robison, Ms Sandra White, Irene McGugan

S1M-255 Pauline McNeill: Emergency 999 Calls-That the Parliament notes with concern reports on the number of discrepancies in respect of 999 calls operated by the company Excel Multimedia and calls for an urgent enquiry into the various aspects of this issue which come under the Parliament's powers including the health and safety risks for those who have to use the service.

Supported by: Cathy Peattie, Tommy Sheridan

S1M-254 Mr Jack McConnell: Adults With Incapacity (Scotland) Bill Financial Resolution-That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Bill, agrees to-

(a) any increase attributable to that Act in the sums payable out of the Scottish Consolidated Fund by or under any other Act;

(b) charges by the Public Guardian in connection with his functions under the Act.

S1M-253# Mr Gil Paterson: Protection of Victims in Rape Cases-That the Parliament notes the recent report produced by Soroptomist International into the way rape victims are treated by the legal system and recognises the need to address the way the legal system, which currently fails to protect adequately women and children, operates in such cases.

Supported by: Dorothy-Grace Elder, Tricia Marwick, Fiona Hyslop, Fiona McLeod, Kay Ullrich, Andrew Wilson, Michael Russell, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Ms Margo MacDonald, Michael Matheson, Christine Grahame, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Mr Adam Ingram, Shona Robison, Linda Fabiani, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Irene McGugan, Alasdair Morgan, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Fergus Ewing, Mr Andrew Welsh, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Brian Adam, Bruce Crawford, Mr John Swinney, Dr Winnie Ewing, Alex Neil, Colin Campbell, Richard Lochhead, Nicola Sturgeon, Tommy Sheridan, Ms Sandra White, Robin Harper, Dennis Canavan*

S1M-252# Michael Matheson: Solidarity with Cuba-That the Parliament congratulates Salud-Atrade Unionship for Cuba on organising the largest ever donation of aid from these isles to Cuba which serves as a mark of solidarity with the people of Cuba who have unjustly suffered under years of international embargo enforced by the United States government.

Supported by: Mr Lloyd Quinan, Kay Ullrich, Tricia Marwick, Alex Neil, Michael Russell, Cathy Jamieson, Linda Fabiani, Tommy Sheridan, Andrew Wilson, Brian Adam, Robin Harper, Dennis Canavan*

S1M-251 Ms Irene Oldfather: Kilwinning Millennium Celebrations-That the Parliament notes the work of the Kilwinning Millennium Committee, in particular the recent opening of the Kilwinning website, and further congratulates the Committee for involving the whole community in the Millennial celebrations. R

Supported by: Kay Ullrich, Michael Russell, Phil Gallie

S1M-250# Ms Irene Oldfather: Tobacco Sales to Under-Aged Children-That the Parliament notes that surveys by trading standards officers in North Ayrshire and the Borders indicate that tobacco continues to be sold to under-aged children; notes that those retailers who are successfully prosecuted are treated leniently; and calls upon the Scottish Executive to establish a system of negative licensing under the jurisdiction of local licensing boards, whereby retailers who repeatedly sell tobacco to young people will lose their right to sell age restricted products altogether.

Supported by: Kay Ullrich, Michael Russell, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Alex Neil, Robin Harper

S1M-249 Lewis Macdonald: Pig Industry-That the Parliament notes the competitive disadvantage faced by Scotland's pig producers because of the lower standards and costs of animal welfare and health in other European Union countries and the lack of adequate labelling to ensure consumers are aware of the difference, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to address this problem, in the belief that action is necessary to assist the pig industry to continue to make a valuable contribution to agriculture and the economy, while matching the needs of the consumer. 

Supported by: Mr Mike Rumbles, Irene McGugan, Alex Fergusson, Cathy Peattie, Rhoda Grant, Nora Radcliffe, Dr Elaine Murray, Brian Adam, Cathy Jamieson, Richard Lochhead, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Mr David Davidson

S1M-248 Karen Gillon: Marks and Spencer-That the Parliament regrets the decision of Marks and Spencer PLC to outsource supplies for clothing from quality Scottish companies such as Daks-Simpson Ltd and Bairds to offshore suppliers; recognises the considerable skills, dedication, commitment and expertise of the workforce at Daks-Simpson Ltd and Bairds, and calls upon the Scottish Executive and the economic development agencies to work with these companies to identify new business opportunities and safeguard jobs.

Supported by: Bristow Muldoon, Janis Hughes, David Mundell, Dr Elaine Murray, Fiona Hyslop, Margaret Jamieson, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Cathy Jamieson, Scott Barrie, Marilyn Livingstone, Malcolm Chisholm, Johann Lamont, Gordon Jackson, Ms Margaret Curran, Mr John McAllion, Paul Martin, George Lyon, Allan Wilson, Maureen Macmillan, Mr Duncan McNeil R, Pauline McNeill, Elaine Smith, Rhoda Grant, Cathy Peattie, Euan Robson, Mr Mike Rumbles, Ian Jenkins, Tavish Scott, Tricia Marwick, Des McNulty, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Alex Neil

S1M-246 Richard Lochhead: Committees Meeting in North East Scotland-That the Parliament supports the inclusion of the North East of Scotland in any study into potential locations for its committee meetings and options for permanently basing committees outwith Edinburgh.

Supported by: Alex Neil, Shona Robison, Brian Adam, Nora Radcliffe, Mr Mike Rumbles

S1M-241# Richard Lochhead: Scottish Film Industry-That the Parliament recognises the valuable economic and cultural contribution the film sector makes to Scotland and notes that 24 feature length productions have been filmed in Scotland this year resulting in a record local spend of over £28 million; supports the development of a major film studio in Scotland in recognition of the boost that such a facility would provide, and urges the Scottish Executive to work with the Scottish film industry to ensure that it continues to develop and achieve its full potential.

Supported by: Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Dr Elaine Murray, Andrew Wilson, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Alex Neil, Shona Robison, Ms Sandra White, Irene McGugan, Dr Winnie Ewing, Mr Mike Rumbles

S1M-239 Mr Jack McConnell: The Draft Scotland Act 1998 (Transitory and Transitional Provisions) (Appropriations) Amendment Order 1999-That the Parliament Finance Committee in consideration of The Draft 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, Marilyn Livingstone R, Brian Adam, Patricia Ferguson, Karen Gillon, Dr Elaine Murray, Dr Richard Simpson, Bristow Muldoon R, Mr John McAllion, Des McNulty, Elaine Smith, Tommy Sheridan, Dr Sylvia Jackson, Rhoda Grant*, Maureen Macmillan*

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.

Supported by: Mr Adam Ingram

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, Linda Fabiani, Brian Adam, Dr Winnie Ewing, Irene McGugan, Tommy Sheridan, Fiona Hyslop, Ms Sandra White, Mr John McAllion, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Mr Gil Paterson, Andrew Wilson, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Euan Robson

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.

Supported by: Karen Gillon, Mr Kenny MacAskill

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, Johann Lamont, Michael Russell

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.

Supported by: Maureen Macmillan, Cathy Jamieson, Elaine Smith

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. 

Supported by: Karen Gillon, Nora Radcliffe

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, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Linda Fabiani, Tommy Sheridan, Richard Lochhead, Mr John McAllion R, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Andrew Wilson, Alex Neil

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, Mr David Davidson

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, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Mr David Davidson

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, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Tommy Sheridan, Bruce Crawford

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, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Andrew Wilson

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, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Adam Ingram, Tommy Sheridan, Bruce Crawford

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, Mr Adam Ingram

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-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, Andrew Wilson, Ben Wallace R

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, Christine Grahame, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Mr Murray Tosh

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, Christine Grahame, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Andrew Wilson, Dennis Canavan*

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, Linda Fabiani, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Karen Gillon, Tommy Sheridan, Andrew Wilson, Mr Adam Ingram, Ms Sandra White, Nora Radcliffe, Maureen Macmillan*, Rhoda Grant*, Dennis Canavan*

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, Mr Adam Ingram, Tommy Sheridan, Andrew Wilson, Alex Neil, Mr Murray Tosh

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, Mr John McAllion, Mr Murray Tosh, Dr Richard Simpson

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, Richard Lochhead, Tommy Sheridan

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.

Supported by: Mr Kenny MacAskill

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 an average of £1 million each; 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, Ian Jenkins, Andrew Wilson, Alex Neil

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, Brian Adam, Des McNulty, Andrew Wilson, Dr Richard Simpson

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, Karen Gillon, Dr Sylvia Jackson, Brian Adam, Ms Sandra White, Bristow Muldoon, Margaret Jamieson, Mr John McAllion, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Johann Lamont, Tavish Scott, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Tommy Sheridan, Andrew Wilson, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Dr Winnie Ewing, Alex Neil, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Cathie Craigie, Rhoda Grant*

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, Andrew Wilson, Alex Neil

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, Andrew Wilson, Nora Radcliffe

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, Richard Lochhead, Dr Winnie Ewing

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, Andrew Wilson, Ben Wallace

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, Linda Fabiani, Andrew Wilson, Alex Neil

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, Andrew Wilson

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, Nora Radcliffe

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, Alex Neil

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-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, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Bill Aitken, John Young, Alex Fergusson, Ian Jenkins, David McLetchie, Miss Annabel Goldie, Mr Nick Johnston, Karen Gillon, Trish Godman, Mr John McAllion, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Dr Elaine Murray, Ms Sandra White, Bristow Muldoon, Johann Lamont, Mr Gil Paterson, Ms Margo MacDonald, Mary Scanlon, Mr Brian Monteith, Alex Johnstone, Fiona Hyslop, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Colin Campbell, Mr Andrew Welsh, Mr Keith Harding, Bruce Crawford, Mike Watson, Janis Hughes


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