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Monday 30 August 1999

Section F - Motions and amendments lodged between 26 and 27 August 1999

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-102 Susan Deacon: Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning—That the Parliament’s Health and Community Care Committee in consideration of the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (Orkney) (Scotland) Order 1999, SSI 1999/27, recommend that the order be approved.


*S1M-101 Susan Deacon: Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning—That the Parliament’s Health and Community Care Committee in consideration of the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (Scotland) Order 1999, SSI 1999/26, recommend that the Order be approved.


*S1M-100 Mr George Reid: Joint Statement from Churches on Alloa Jobs Crisis—That the Parliament endorses the statement released jointly in the names of the Church of Scotland congregations of St Mungo’s Parish Church, Alloa North Parish Church and Alloa West Parish Church, St Mungo’s R.C. Church, St John’s Episcopal Church, Moncrieff U.F. Church and Alloa Baptist Church, which states that: "The Christian Churches in Alloa are united in their continuing concern for the community in the wake of continuing job losses. In recent years, the area has witnessed a devastating loss of employment in traditional industries which seriously affects the social well-being of the entire community. The Churches call upon the Scottish parliament to take urgent steps to investigate this matter and to implement all practical measures to alleviate the situation."


*S1M-99# Alex Neil: Enterprise Ayrshire—That the Parliament has no confidence in the Board of Enterprise Ayrshire to act as the Local Enterprise Company, it having breached its own Articles of Association, and therefore demands that Scottish Enterprise terminates its existing operating contract with immediate effect.

Supported by: Mr Adam Ingram, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Michael Russell, Kay Ullrich


*S1M-98# Tavish Scott: Crisis in Salmon Farming—That the Parliament recognises the financial pressures the Salmon Farming industry in Shetland is facing; notes that the industry creates employment for 900 people in this peripheral area of Scotland and contributes 60 Million per annum to the Shetland economy, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to bring forward financial support proposals for the industry to the Parliament as a matter of urgency.


*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. (lodged on 26 August)


S1M-96 Des McNulty: Membership of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association—That the Parliament agrees (a) to apply for admission to membership of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, such membership to be effective immediately on approval of the application by the General Assembly of Commonwealth Parliamentary Association; (b) to abide by the provisions of the Constitution of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association; (c) that the required membership fee be paid to the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association; and (d) that this motion be communicated to the Secretariat of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association immediately following agreement. (lodged on 24 August)

Supported by: Mr Andrew Welsh*, John Young*, Robert Brown*


S1M-95# Mr Nick Johnston: Unemployment in Clackmannanshire and West Fife—That the Parliament calls upon the Scottish Ministers to establish a task force to alleviate social and economic deprivation caused by the escalating unemployment in Clackmannanshire and West Fife. (lodged on 19 August)


S1M-94# Maureen Macmillan: Domestic Violence—That the Parliament notes the Work Plan drawn up by the Scottish Partnership on domestic violence which has as part of its remit an examination of the experience of women in rural areas; calls for swift consideration to be given to improving the safety of women at risk, and supports the work carried out in this field by Women’s Aid and other organisations in the Highlands and Islands. (lodged on 19 August)


S1M-93 Tavish Scott: Cutty Sark Tall Ships Race in Lerwick—That the Parliament congratulates Sail Shetland; Lerwick Port Authority; the sponsors; Balta-sail, and all involved in Shetland’s hosting of the Cutty Sark Tall Ships’ Race in Lerwick between 9-12 August; notes that the event was a showcase for Shetland’s indigenous industries: seafood; agriculture; knitwear; crafts; tourism, and for the exceptional abilities of Shetland’s musicians; and recognises that above all the event was a magnificent illustration of how a small island community can work together to present a positive, exciting and vibrant event to the outside world. (lodged on 16 August)


S1M-92# Mr Duncan Hamilton: The closure of Oban and Pentland Coastguard stations—That the Parliament recognises the invaluable service to Scotland of the coastguard stations at Oban and Pentland, condemns their closure announced by Her Majesty’s Government, regrets the loss of local expertise and the real threat to safety that this causes, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to resist these recommendations. (lodged on 12 August)

Supported by; Andrew Wilson, Fiona McLeod, Michael Russell


S1M-91 Mr Kenny MacAskill: One Hundreth Anniversary of the Founding of Albion Motors—That the Parliament notes that 1999 marks the hundredth anniversary of the founding of the Albion Motor Car Company Ltd and thus one hundred years of Scottish transport history and congratulates the drivers of Albion vehicles for making a centenary road run from London to Glasgow and Biggar Museum Trust for organising a centenary rally to celebrate Scotland’s most successful manufacturer of commercial vehicles. (lodged on 11 August)

Supported by: Alasdair Morgan, Michael Russell


S1M-90# Mr Duncan Hamilton: The Regeneration of Cowal—That the Parliament notes with concern the economic crisis facing Cowal as a result of the continued decline in jobs and job opportunities, recent local authority cut backs, the perilous state of repair of Dunoon Pier, and the uncertain future of the Caledonian MacBrayne ferry link, and welcomes the call by the Dunoon Observer for an inclusive, all party campaign to seek assistance for the area and to act as a focus for the regeneration of this important part of Argyll. (lodged on 10 August)

Supported by: Michael Russell, Maureen MacMillan, Mr Duncan Hamilton*


S1M-89 Donald Gorrie: Human Rights—That the Parliament

calls upon the Equal Opportunities Committee and the Procedures Committee to consider varying the remit of the Equal Opportunities Committee so that it is also responsible for considering and reporting on matters relating to human rights and upon the observance in the Parliament of the European Convention on Human Rights and other international agreements relating to human rights binding on the Parliament.

(lodged on 23 July)


S1M-88 Phil Gallie: Ayr Utd Stadium Planning Approval submitted by South Ayrshire Council—That the Parliament

calls upon the Scottish Executive to process Planning Application 98/01178/COU, approved unanimously by South Ayrshire Council, positively and speedily thereby ensuring that Ayr United Football Club will be able to compete on merit for a place in the Scottish Premier League. (lodged on 12 July)

Supported by: Alex Fergusson, Michael Russell, Mr Adam Ingram, Nicola Sturgeon


S1M-87 Mary Scanlon: National Health Service—That the Parliament

calls upon the Scottish Executive to hold talks, as a matter of urgency, with representatives of the medical profession in Scotland in order to discuss their concerns regarding the attitude of Her Majesty’s Government and the effect this is having on morale within the National Health Service. (lodged on 6 July)

Supported by: Ben Wallace, David McLetchie


S1M-86# Alasdair Morgan: Wigtown, Scotland’s National Book Town—That the Parliament notes the initial success of Wigtown, Scotland’s National Book Town, in revitalising the Machars of Galloway since its launch as Book Town in May 1998 and offers its full support for the future growth and development of the Book Town. (lodged on 2 July)

Supported by: Michael Russell, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Irene McGugan, Brian Adam, Fiona McLeod R, Mr Adam Ingram, Murray Tosh*


S1M-85 Tommy Sheridan: Housing Capital Receipts—That the Parliament notes that the housing capital receipts set-aside condition imposed by the Secretary of State for Scotland under Section 94 of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973 severely restricts housing expenditure by local authorities in Scotland and calls upon the Scottish Ministers to revoke the condition as soon as possible. (lodged on 1 July 1999)


S1M-84 Alex Neil: Warrant Sales—That the Parliament calls upon the Scottish Executive to bring forward legislation during this Parliamentary year to abolish warrant sales in Scotland. (lodged on 1 July 1999)

Supported by: Mrs Kay Ullrich, Mr Adam Ingram, Fergus Ewing, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Michael Russell, Linda Fabiani


S1M-80 Euan Robson: Scottish Heart at Risk Testing—That the Parliament commends the work of Scottish Heart at Risk Testing (the Cameron Gunn Memorial Fund), the only recognised Scottish charity dedicated to fighting cardiomyopathy in all its forms and raising public awareness of the disease; supports its efforts to set up a national screening programme using echocardiograms and ultra-sound scanners which will provide information to local health boards and cardiology departments, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to support the work of the charity. (lodged on 25 June 1999)

Supported by: Mr Keith Raffan, Ian Jenkins, Mrs Margaret Smith, Tavish Scott, George Lyon, Michael Russell, Murray Tosh*


S1M-79 Tommy Sheridan: Decentralisation—That the Parliament calls upon the Scottish Executive to locate in Glasgow those departments of the Scottish Administration dealing with industry and development. (lodged on 25 June 1999)


S1M-78 Tommy Sheridan: Committees—That the Parliament agrees that a committee of the cities be established in order to consider urban policy. (lodged on 25 June 1999)


S1M-77 Tommy Sheridan: Business rates—That the Parliament calls upon the Scottish Ministers to bring forward, as soon as possible, proposals to abolish the existing system for the distribution of revenue collected in respect of business rates (non domestic rates) and replace it with a system which allows the revenue collected within the area of a local authority to be retained by that authority, with an associated financial compensation package applied on a transitional basis. (lodged on 25 June 1999)


S1M-75 Robert Brown: Glasgow New Housing Partnership—That the Parliament welcomes the Scottish Executive’s support for the New Housing Partnership and the potential for major improvement of the condition of Glasgow’s housing stock, but notes with concern the centralised nature of Glasgow City Council’s proposals, the criticisms in the Minority Report of the Joint Working Group regarding the organisational, funding, management and tenant security implications of the present plans, and the growing opposition by housing associations, tenant groups and tenants to the proposals, and accordingly agrees to refer the matter for urgent and detailed examination by the Audit Committee and the Social Inclusion, Housing and Voluntary Sector Committee of the Parliament. (lodged on 24 June 1999)


S1M-74 Mr Murray Tosh: Amendment of Members’ Allowances Scheme—That the Parliament calls upon the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body to recommend to the Parliament amendments to the Members’ Allowance Scheme to ensure that no member may recover at the taxpayers’ expense any motorway or other road or parking charge levied, directly or indirectly, under the terms of the Transport Bill intimated by the First Minister in his statement on the Scottish Executive’s legislative programme. (lodged on 24 June 1999)

Supported by: John Young, Miss Annabel Goldie, Bill Aitken, Mr Keith Harding, Alex Fergusson, Mr Brian Monteith, Robin Harper


S1M-72 Miss Annabel Goldie: Decentralisation—That the Parliament agrees the principle of decentralisation of its activities, calls upon the Scottish Executive to adopt the principle of decentralisation by dispersing Departments of the Scottish Administration and any new operations it institutes throughout Scotland, and further calls upon the Scottish Executive to make representations to Her Majesty’s Government that the principle should be applied by it when instituting any new operation in Scotland. (lodged on 23 June 1999)

Supported by: Mr David Davidson, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Mr Murray Tosh, David Mundell, David McLetchie, Phil Gallie, Mr Brian Monteith


S1M-70 Alex Neil: Upgrading of A77—That the Parliament calls upon the Scottish Executive to bring forward the planned upgrading of the A77 road between Fenwick and Malletsheugh as a matter of urgency. (lodged on 23 June 1999)

Supported by: Margaret Jamieson, Mrs Lyndsey MacIntosh, Mrs Kay Ullrich, Cathy Jamieson, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Michael Russell, Phil Gallie, David Mundell, Mr Adam Ingram, Murray Tosh*


S1M-69 Mr Mike Rumbles: Location of Food Standards Agency—That the Parliament recognises that Aberdeen, in the Rowett Research Institute, the Macauley Land Research Institute, the Scottish Agricultural College and its two Universities, has one of the largest concentrations of expertise in food science and food technology industries in Europe, and calls upon the Scottish Ministers to seek to have the Scottish branch of the Food Standards Agency established in the North-East of Scotland. (lodged on 22 June 1999)

Supported by: Nora Radcliffe, Brian Adam, Elaine Thomson, Tavish Scott*


S1M-66 Mr Brian Monteith: Impact of tolls on tourism—That the Parliament

calls upon the Scottish Ministers to acknowledge the detrimental effect in a globally competitive market that high taxes can have on tourism and, in the light of new statistics showing a fall in the number of visitors to Scotland, resolves to oppose any proposals for new tolls or taxes on roads, hotels and bed and breakfast accommodation which would undermine Scotland’s tourism industry. (lodged on 22 June 1999)

Supported by: Mr Keith Harding


S1M-59 Fiona Hyslop: Open cast mining—That the Parliament notes with concern the pending planning application for opencast mining at Badallan Farm in Lanarkshire affecting communities there and in West Lothian and agrees that there should be a moratorium on consideration of any such new applications for open cast extraction pending full and proper debate and investigation by the Parliament and the relevant Committee(s) into open cast mining and its affect on public health and the environment. (lodged on 21 June 1999)

Supported by: Mr Kenny MacAskill, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Michael Matheson, Fiona McLeod, Ms Margo Macdonald, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Adam Ingram


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