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BUSINESS BULLETIN 8/1999

Wednesday 2nd June 1999

Section F - Motions and amendments

 

(* denotes new names of support, motions, amendments and editorial adjustments)

 

*S1M-28 Mr Henry McLeish: That the draft Scotland Act 1998 (Cross-Border Public Authorities) (Adaptation of Functions etc.) Order 1999, which was laid before the Parliament on 26 May, be approved.

 

*S1M-29 Mr Henry McLeish: That the draft Scotland Act 1998 (Border Rivers) Order 1999, which was laid before the Parliament on 26 May, be approved.

 

*S1M-24 Dr Sylvia Jackson: That the Parliament:

(a)    recognises the importance of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, the first National Park in Scotland, as an area to be maintained as one of outstanding natural beauty, and also, for potential in terms of social and economic development.

(b) calls upon the Scottish Executive to bring forward the necessary legislation in relation to the setting up of the first National Park for Scotland at the earliest opportunity.

 

*S1M-23 Tommy Sheridan: That the Parliament calls upon the Scottish Ministers to introduce a pensioners’ charter in Scotland which will provide for free fuel, public transport, TV licences and local authority rent exemption for all pensioners.

 

*S1M-22 Tommy Sheridan: That this Parliament calls upon the Scottish Ministers to publish, as soon as possible, a comprehensive ‘State of the Nation Audit’ for Scotland which assesses the level of poverty among children, pensioners and families and includes statistics in relation to the number of unemployed, low-paid, homeless and socially disadvantaged and that when completed the results of the audit be presented to the Parliament and reviewed annually thereafter in the light of updated information.

 

*S1M-21 Tommy Sheridan: That the Parliament calls upon the Scottish Ministers to investigate, as soon as possible, the option of abolishing the Council Tax and replacing it with a more progressive form of local tax from which pensioners, students, the disabled and the unemployed would be exempt.

 

*S1M-20 Tommy Sheridan: That the Parliament in the light of the de facto amnesty in England and Wales, calls upon the Scottish Ministers to grant a poll tax (Community Charge) amnesty in relation to outstanding arrears in recognition of the severe poverty which affects the majority of debtors in Scotland.

 

*S1M-18 Robin Harper: That the Parliament recognises the widespread opposition to growing genetically modified crops, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to urgently initiate legislation to be laid before the Parliament for an immediate open-ended moratorium on the planting of genetically modified crops in Scotland.

Supported by: Kenny MacAskill, Duncan Hamilton

 

S1M-16 Alex Johnstone: That the Parliament calls upon the Scottish Ministers to:

(a)   ensure that the Beef Bone Regulations 1997 (SI 1997/2959) are amended to allow the sale of beef on the bone in Scotland by adopting the recommendations of the Spongiform Encephalopathy Advisory Committee (SEAC) that research findings be made public, along with a risk assessment, allowing consumers to choose what precautions to take; and

(b)   enter into discussion with their counterparts in Westminster and Cardiff with a view to the foregoing being adopted throughout the United Kingdom, thus restoring a single market in the sale of beef (lodged on 27 May 1999).

 

S1M-15 Mr David Davidson: That the Parliament agrees that the current expensive implementation proposals for the Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive (91/271/EEC), in so far as they apply to the Scottish fish processing industry, will effectively close many of the three hundred Scottish companies engaged in the industry, which provide around ten thousand skilled jobs; and calls upon the Scottish Ministers to delay the implementation for at least one year, to allow for proper consideration of the technical review currently being undertaken to produce cost effective solutions for the industry, and to allow for the development of effective affordable solutions enabling the industry to continue as a major employer in Scotland (lodged on 26 May 1999).

Supported by: Mr Jamie McGrigor, Phil Gallie, Mr Nick Johnston, Miss Annabel Goldie, Alex Fergusson, Bill Aitken

 

S1M-14 Mr Kenneth Gibson: That the Parliament notes with concern the progress through the House of Commons of the Welfare Reform and Pensions Bill, particularly clauses 53, 54 and 56 as they affect the rights of people in Scotland to essential benefits such as Incapacity Benefit and Severe Disablement Allowance; notes with regret that it has no direct competence over such a vital area of public concern; commends those members of the Parliament who were able to vote in the House of Commons against this regressive legislation and in favour of disabled people’s rights; and instructs the Presiding Officer to convey to the Disability Benefits Consortium and others campaigning on this issue the Parliament’s view that clauses 53, 54 and 56 of the Welfare Reform and Pensions Bill are both regressive and detrimental to a vulnerable section of Scottish society (lodged on 26 May 1999).

Supported by: Christine Graham, John Swinney, Roseanna Cunningham, Gil Paterson, Kay Ullrich, Fiona McLeod, Fiona Hyslop, Alex Neil, Fergus Ewing

 

S1M-13 Mr Alex Salmond: That the Parliament calls upon the Scottish Ministers to ensure that the Beef Bones Regulations 1997 (SI 1997/2959) cease to have effect in Scotland and the necessary process be set in place as soon as the Scottish Ministers take up their full powers on 1 July 1999 (lodged on 26 May 1999).

Supported by: John Swinney, Alasdair Morgan, Fergus Ewing, Andrew Welsh, Bruce Crawford

 

S1M-13.1 George Lyon: As an amendment to the motion (S1M-13) in the name of Alex Salmond, leave out all after "as soon as" and insert "latest medical advice indicates that it would be safe to do so and in that context

(a)   asks the Chief Medical Officer to come to Parliament to be questioned and

(b)   asks Scottish Ministers to keep the Parliament fully informed of the wider implications for the Scottish beef industry of any premature decision" (lodged on 27 May 1999).

Supported by Mike Rumbles, Tavish Scott, Robert Brown

 

S1M-12 David Mundell: That the Parliament notes with regret the loss of 99 jobs in Dumfries with the closure of the Nestlé factory, in addition to over 2000 jobs lost in Dumfries and Galloway in the past two years and the predicted loss of 1700 jobs in the agricultural sector there in the next two years, and requests the Scottish Executive to take all the necessary steps to support and promote economic development in the South of Scotland, including, as a matter of urgency, the establishment of an Executive led Task Force to tackle the current employment crisis (lodged on 24 May 1999).

Supported by: Alex Fergusson, Murray Tosh, Phil Gallie

 

S1M-11 Donald Gorrie: That the Parliament should establish a committee to review and report back urgently on the current position regarding the new Parliament building and the options now open to the Parliament for its present location and the plans for the Holyrood site, so that the Parliament can give directions to the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body in its work on Parliamentary accommodation (lodged on 21 May 1999).

Supported by: Margo McDonald, Keith Raffan, Fergus Ewing, Nick Johnston, Phil Gallie, Lynsay McIntosh, David Davidson, Murray Tosh, Alex Fergusson, Ben Wallace, James Douglas-Hamilton, Annabel Goldie, David McLetchie, Alex Johnstone, Mary Scanlon, David Mundell, Brian Monteith, Keith Harding, Bill Aitken, Jamie McGrigor, Mike Rumbles, John Young, Robin Harper

 

S1M-10 Mr Alex Salmond: That the Parliament demands the re-instatement to Scottish jurisdiction of the 6000 square miles as detailed in the Scottish Adjacent Waters Boundaries Order (S.I.1999/1126). The Parliament also demands that Her Majesty’s Government consults this Parliament and other relevant bodies in Scotland on UK legislation relating to Scottish territory (lodged on 20 May 1999).

Supported by: Richard Lochhead, Duncan Hamilton, Fergus Ewing, Winnie Ewing, Irene McGugan, Brian Adam, Andrew Welsh

 

S1M-10.1 Mr Jamie McGrigor: As an amendment to the motion (S1M-10) in the name of Alex Salmond, insert after "That the Parliament"; "deplores the failure of Scottish Westminster MPs to defend Scotland’s interests in the Third Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation (23 March 1999), when the Scottish Minister for Home Affairs, Devolution and Transport moved to remove 6000 square miles of North Sea out of Scottish control and that this Parliament"(lodged on 26 May 1999).

Supported by: Phil Gallie, David Davidson, Nick Johnston, Lynsay McIntosh

 

S1M-10.2 Mr Jamie McGrigor: As an amendment to the motion (S1M-10) in the name of Mr Alex Salmond, leave out from " The Parliament also" to end (lodged on 26 May 1999).

Supported by: Phil Gallie, David Davidson, Lynsay McIntosh, Nick Johnston

 

S1M-9 Euan Robson: That the Parliament calls on Her Majesty’s Government to amend the Scottish Adjacent Waters Boundaries Order (S.I.1999/1126) made under the Scotland Act 1998 so that the east coast boundary is redrawn to a line of latitude due east of the termination point of land border between England and Scotland to re-establish the custom and practice of former years (lodged on 19 May 1999).

Supported by: Tavish Scott, Mike Rumbles, George Lyon, Jamie Stone

 

S1M-7 Andrew Wilson: That the Parliament :

resolves that Scotland’s Parliament must extend the reach of its democratic work around Scotland. The Parliament can provide living and breathing evidence of our new democracy across all the communities of Scotland;

calls on the Parliamentary Bureau to establish the principle of devolving the work of the Parliament to locations around Scotland by recommending a programme of meetings for the Parliament’s committees at locations encompassing a wide geographical coverage of Scotland;

calls on the Parliamentary Bureau to identify which committees of the Parliament can be based at locations outwith the Parliament campus on a permanent basis (lodged on 18 May 1999).

Supported by: Michael Russell, Duncan Hamilton, Nicola Sturgeon, Donald Gorrie, John McAllion, Ben Wallace, James McGrigor, John Swinney, Jamie Stone, Allan Wilson, Dennis Canavan, Alex Fergusson, Kenneth Gibson, Richard Lochhead, Brian Adam, Andrew Welsh, Bill Aitken, Robin Harper*

 

S1M-2 Mr Jim Wallace: That the Parliament recognises the widespread opposition to tuition fees, the growing importance of lifelong learning to Scotland’s society and economy and the wide range of circumstances of those engaged in lifelong learning; and calls upon the Scottish Executive once established to appoint urgently a committee of inquiry on the issue of tuition fees and financial support for those participating, part-time or full-time, in further and higher education; the terms of reference, timescale and membership of that committee to be approved by and its report laid before this Parliament (lodged on 14 May 1999).

Supported by: Iain Smith, Tavish Scott, Ross Finnie, Nicol Stephen, Rt Hon Donald Dewar

 

S1M-2.1 Dennis Canavan: As an amendment to the motion in the name of Mr Jim Wallace, leave out from "and" in line 4 to end and insert "and noting that the majority of members of this Parliament were elected on commitments to abolish tuition fees, demands that tuition fees be abolished and student grants introduced" (lodged on 19 May 1999).

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan

 

S1M-2.2 Mr Alex Salmond: As an amendment to the motion (S1M-2) in the name of Mr Jim Wallace, leave out all after ‘established’ to end and insert: "to bring forward to this Parliament proposals for the abolition of tuition fees and the re-introduction of student maintenance grants" (lodged on 19 May 1999).

Supported by: John Swinney, Michael Russell, Bruce Crawford, Nicola Sturgeon, Fiona Hyslop.

 

S1M-2.3 Brian Monteith: As an amendment to the motion in the name of Mr Jim Wallace (S1M-2), leave out from "the" in line 2 to end and insert: "and calls upon the Scottish Executive to introduce a scholarship scheme which funds in full the tuition fees of Scottish domiciled students studying at higher education institutions anywhere in the United Kingdom" (lodged on 19 May 1999).

Supported by: David Mundell, Alex Fergusson, David Davidson, Ben Wallace, Phil Gallie

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