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Business Bulletin No. 156/2002

Monday 4 November 2002

Section F : Motions and Amendments


A full list of outstanding motions is available to view each Monday in paper copy at the Chamber Desk or alternatively on the Scottish Parliament web site as Outstanding Motions. Each Monday the full text of all motions lodged the previous week will appear in the Business Bulletin together with motions previously lodged that are due to be debated that week.


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-3532 Fiona Hyslop: Friction Dynamex—That the Parliament notes with concern the case of Friction Dynamex in Caernarfon where 87 workers taking part in lawful industrial action became the first workers to be dismissed after eight weeks of industrial action under provisions introduced by Schedule 5 of the Employment Relations Act 1999; further notes that such provisions run counter to the intent of articles 5 and 6 of the European Social Charter and of article 11 of the European Convention on Human Rights, and therefore calls on Her Majesty’s Government to amend the Employment Relations Act 1999 to remove the eight week limit on protection for striking workers.

Supported by: Linda Fabiani*, Mr Kenny MacAskill*, Christine Grahame*, Michael Matheson*, Michael Russell*, Kay Ullrich*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Mrs Margaret Ewing*, Ms Sandra White*, Brian Adam*

*S1M-3531 Robin Harper: Friends of the Earth Scotland - Green Office—That the Parliament welcomes the publication of Friends of the Earth Scotland’s (FoEs) revised Green Office Action Plan, a guide to sustainable office practice; notes that FoEs research staff will be on hand in the reception area of the Scottish Parliament headquarters on Wednesday 6 November 2002 between 10.00 am and 2.00 pm to offer advice and guidance on Green Office policy and practice, and welcomes Friends of the Earth Scotland’s forthcoming Green Office Exhibition to be held at the Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh, on Thursday 7 November 2002. R

*S1M-3530# Michael Russell: Centenary of the Scottish National Antartic Expedition—That the Parliament congratulates the Royal Scottish Geographical Society for organising a substantial and imaginative programme of events to mark the centenary of the Scottish National Antarctic Expedition and in honour of its leader, William Spiers Bruce; notes that the exact anniversary of the departure of the expedition in the "Scotia" from Troon harbour fell on Sunday 2 November 2002 but that the programme to celebrate Bruce and the expedition will continue over the next two years and will include a major exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland as well as an expedition to the Antarctic during this winter, work with the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland and the Scottish Country Dance Society and many local and regional events; regrets that, despite his international scientific reputation and his passionate advocacy of his own country and its potential, the work of William Spiers Bruce has been largely ignored in Scotland for the last 100 years and the many achievements of his expedition have been forgotten, and considers that the Polar Medal Advisory Committee should recommend the posthumous award of the Polar Medal to Dr William Spiers Bruce in recognition of his status as one of the key figures in early 20th century polar scientific exploration.

*S1M-3529 Mr Gil Paterson: Business Bulletin—That the Parliament believes that, for the purpose of good time management and the ability to keep members fully informed in a cost-effective manner, the Business Bulletin that is published each Monday should be restored to its former effective condition by containing all live motions with a full list of members who have supported each motion.

S1M-3528# Mr Duncan Hamilton: Gourock to Dunoon Ferry Route—That the Parliament notes with grave concern the events surrounding the provision of the Caledonian MacBrayne ferry service from Gourock to Dunoon; further notes that the decision by the Scottish Executive to limit the route to a passenger-only service removes competition and choice, creates a private monopoly from public money, invites a challenge by the Office of Fair Trading which almost inevitably will lead to a complaint to the European Commission and ignores the Scottish Executive’s own report from Deloitte and Touche in 2000 which warned that the subsidy under the Public Service Obligation would have to be nearly five times higher on a passenger-only service; is profoundly concerned at the adoption of the catamaran-type vessel, the "Ali Cat", on the route and the serious doubts raised both locally and amongst maritime experts with regard to the suitability of such a craft on this route; condemns this precipitous action in advance of the conclusion of the Scottish Executive’s own consultation on the future of the Caledonian MacBrayne network, and believes that an immediate public inquiry into all aspects of this decision should be conducted.

Supported by: Richard Lochhead, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Ms Sandra White, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Fiona Hyslop, Irene McGugan, Stewart Stevenson*

S1M-3527# Ms Sandra White: Community Police—That the Parliament recognises the extremely effective role played by community police officers in combating crime, particularly youth crime; notes that such officers are often the most visible and recognisable police presence in their communities and recognises the crucial role that they play in providing high quality policing and fostering links with the communities they serve; regrets that these officers are often removed from their vital community role to perform other police duties, and believes that the Scottish Executive should encourage community policing and provide the necessary resources to ensure the provision of adequate numbers of community police officers.

Supported by: Stewart Stevenson*

S1M-3526# Marilyn Livingstone: Solvent Abuse—That the Parliament recognises the work of the O’Brien family from Fife in setting up the Lee O’Brien Solvent Trust (LOST); acknowledges the very real threat to young lives posed by solvent abuse; believes that new practical preventative measures are required to control sales of lighter refill gas; notes the support of 18 local authorities for the actions of the LOST campaign and the thousands of individuals who have signed the LOST campaign petition, and considers that the Scottish Executive should take measures to increase protection from solvent abuse through education and, where necessary, legislation.

Supported by: Robin Harper*, Helen Eadie*, Johann Lamont*, Mr Kenneth Macintosh*, Karen Whitefield*, Mr Tom McCabe*, Dr Sylvia Jackson*, Mr Kenneth Gibson*, Scott Barrie*, Ms Wendy Alexander*, Elaine Thomson*, Margaret Jamieson*, Bill Butler*, Dorothy-Grace Elder*, Angus MacKay*

S1M-3525 Mr Tom McCabe: Misuse of Fireworks—That the Parliament recognises the good work being done by Her Majesty's Government to ensure fireworks are licensed and used appropriately; welcomes and supports the national safety campaign "Fool with fireworks and bang goes your image"; notes the unacceptable level of injuries that occur due to firework misuse; fully appreciates the concern of residents and communities throughout Scotland regarding the disturbance that fireworks cause to young children, the elderly and pets; further notes the numerous reports of retailers breaking the voluntary code of practice on the sale of fireworks, and calls on Scottish Ministers to examine, as a matter of urgency, all possible methods of halting this disturbing behaviour.

Supported by: Sarah Boyack*, Mr Michael McMahon*, Mr Alasdair Morrison*, Angus MacKay*, Dr Sylvia Jackson*

S1M-3524 Tommy Sheridan: Scottish Press Complaints Commission—That the Parliament is concerned at the low standard of journalism in some newspapers such as the Daily Record; believes that Scotland needs a Scottish Press Complaints Commission to regulate the press in Scotland, and calls on the Scottish Executive to discuss with Her Majesty’s Government the possibility of setting up such a body with statutory powers to regulate the Scottish press.

S1M-3523# Mrs Margaret Ewing: LUPUS UK—That the Parliament recognises the success of Lupus Awareness Month in October 2002; recognises the impact lupus has on over 5,000 people in Scotland as well as their friends, families and carers; congratulates LUPUS UK and its many branches across Scotland on raising awareness of the condition, as well as in providing support and advice for those affected, and believes that the Scottish Executive should raise public awareness of lupus and invest in research into effective treatment of the disease.

Supported by: Stewart Stevenson*

S1M-3522# Johann Lamont: Regulation of Private Security Firms—That the Parliament notes with concern the lack of regulation of private security firms and the potential impact of unscrupulous activity by these firms on the safety and peace of mind of local communities within Glasgow Pollok constituency, across Glasgow and throughout Scotland; further notes the serious danger posed by any activity that undermines the confidence of the public in the police's capacity to deal with criminal behaviour within communities, and considers that the Scottish Executive, along with local authorities, the police and other relevant agencies, should develop as a matter of urgency means by which private security firms can be regulated and their activities scrutinised.

Supported by: Brian Fitzpatrick, Tommy Sheridan, Bill Butler*, Johann Lamont*

S1M-3521 Angus MacKay: Condemnation of the Attack on the Edinburgh Synagogue—That the Parliament condemns the attack on the Edinburgh Synagogue on Salisbury Road, South Edinburgh, on 24 October 2002; expresses its disgust at all manifestations of anti-Semitism and other intolerance; notes that, whilst the perpetrators as yet remain anonymous, Scotland, like the rest of the UK, has seen a rise in anti-Semitism and religious intolerance in the past months and that some extremist political groups and individuals have used the tragic situation in the Middle East as justification for attacks, verbal and physical, on Scotland’s Jewish and other communities, and asserts that the odious creed of anti-Semitism and intolerance runs counter to the principles of tolerance, pluralism and respect for all people which are the central tenets of a devolved Scotland.

Supported by: Donald Gorrie, Sarah Boyack, Trish Godman, Phil Gallie, Alex Fergusson, Karen Gillon, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Michael Matheson, Mr Mike Rumbles, Mr Murray Tosh, Scott Barrie, Roseanna Cunningham, Jackie Baillie, Nora Radcliffe, Michael Russell, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, David McLetchie, Colin Campbell, Margaret Jamieson, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Fiona Hyslop, Brian Adam, Brian Fitzpatrick, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Tom McCabe, Richard Lochhead, Dr Sylvia Jackson, Shona Robison, Stewart Stevenson*, Ms Margo MacDonald*, Robin Harper*, Bill Butler*, Mr Brian Monteith*, Susan Deacon*, Margaret Smith*, Fiona McLeod*

S1M-3520# Janis Hughes: National Carers Rights Day—That the Parliament notes that 3 December 2002 is National Carers Rights Day; recognises the crucial role of carers of all ages in supporting the most vulnerable people in society; welcomes the support provided to carers through the Community Care and Health (Scotland) Act 2002, and considers that the Scottish Executive should continue to support the work of the carers throughout the country.

Supported by: Elaine Thomson, Cathie Craigie, Maureen Macmillan, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Karen Gillon, Scott Barrie, Trish Godman, Kate Maclean, Margaret Jamieson, Jackie Baillie, Mr John McAllion, Rhoda Grant, Sarah Boyack, Mr David Davidson, Richard Lochhead, Alex Neil, Ms Wendy Alexander, Brian Fitzpatrick, Mr Murray Tosh, Robert Brown, Johann Lamont, Mr Michael McMahon, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh*, Karen Whitefield*, Mr Lloyd Quinan*, Bill Butler*, Margaret Smith*, Fiona Hyslop*, Susan Deacon*, Ms Sandra White*, Mr Tom McCabe*, Fiona McLeod*

S1M-3519 Fergus Ewing: Dentistry—That the Parliament notes that children’s registration with an NHS dental practice expires after a period of 15 months; believes that a child should be registered with a dentist until adulthood, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to amend the current rules governing registration of children with NHS dentists so that registration does not lapse in this way.

S1M-3518# Brian Fitzpatrick: End Debt on our Doorstep—That the Parliament applauds the work of the individuals and organisations supporting the Debt on our Doorstep campaign in speaking out against poverty, the effects of debt and extortionate lending and for fair and affordable finance in Scotland and across the whole of the United Kingdom; acknowledges the progress made since Church Action on Poverty's Pilgrimage against Poverty in 1999 and the commitments made by Her Majesty's Government and the devolved administrations to tackling poverty and social injustice but recognises that still too many people in this country continue to struggle with the burdens of poverty and debt and are systematically excluded from affordable credit and forced into the arms of extortionate lenders; affirms the need for greater awareness and support for credit unions and other community finance and development initiatives and for high street lenders to more fully honour their social responsibility obligations; considers that the Scottish Executive should, working together with the other devolved administrations and Her Majesty’s Government, make progress on securing tighter regulation of extortionate lending and establishing accessible and fair Social Fund arrangements so as to alleviate the burdens of debt on poor people and their families, and congratulates the organisers of the End Debt on Our Doorstep Lobby and Action Day taking place in Edinburgh and London on 3 December 2002 for stimulating public debate and creating fora where the voices and needs of folk with direct experience of poverty and debt can be heard.

Supported by: Donald Gorrie, Bill Butler, Scott Barrie

S1M-3513 Mr Kenny MacAskill: Edinburgh Hogmanay "Eurozone"—That the Parliament commends the initiative of the Scotland in Europe campaign to have Edinburgh designated a temporary "eurozone" during the period of the upcoming Hogmanay celebrations, whereby local businesses, shops, hoteliers and pubs would be encouraged to accept euros as payment from visitors; notes that a similar scheme in the Welsh town of Llangollen during the Eisteddfod this year was a great success and of huge benefit both to Llangollen and to Wales as a whole; believes that Edinburgh, too, would benefit from a eurozone period through the enhanced enjoyment of the festival, the boost to local tourism and the further promotion of Edinburgh’s reputation as a great European city, and urges all political parties, Edinburgh City Council, local businesses and tourist organisations to work together in pursuing the Hogmanay eurozone project to a successful conclusion.

Supported by: Tricia Marwick, Linda Fabiani, Donald Gorrie, Ms Sandra White, Stewart Stevenson*, Richard Lochhead*, Fiona Hyslop*

S1M-3512 Brian Fitzpatrick: Leukaemia Research Fund Campaign—That the Parliament notes that about 24,500 people are diagnosed with leukaemia or a related cancer of the blood in the UK every year; further notes that around 600 children in Britain develop leukaemia or lymphoma every year, accounting for about half of all childhood cancers; recognises that survival rates for the most common types of childhood leukaemia have risen dramatically, and warmly endorses the launch on 30 October 2002 by the Leukaemia Research Fund (LRF) of a major fund-raising campaign for a 2.25 million LRF centre to be sited at Gartnavel Hospital in Glasgow bringing together cancer scientists, clinicians and patients under one roof in order to better facilitate the cross-fertilisation of research ideas and to support improved research outcomes, better treatments and increasing survival rates.

Supported by: Donald Gorrie, Sarah Boyack, Bill Butler, Scott Barrie, Tommy Sheridan, Ms Sandra White

S1M-3510 Kate Maclean: Royal National Institute for the Blind Campaign on Photodynamic Therapy Treatment—That the Parliament congratulates the Royal National Institute of the Blind, Scotland, on its campaign to secure the provision on the NHS of the effective Photodynamic Therapy Treatment (PDT) for wet Age-related Macular Degeneration; notes that the total cost of this treatment would be an estimated 2 million, equating to 6,000 per patient; further notes that the average cost of caring for someone who becomes blind is 10,000 per annum; rejects the unjustified rationing of the treatment in England and Wales proposed by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) which would limit treatment to only the second affected eye and only if the second eye retains at least 6/36 acuity; further rejects the need to wait until the NICE appeal is completed before the treatment is available on the NHS in Scotland; calls on the Scottish Executive to fund forthwith PDT treatment by the NHS in Scotland, and believes that it is unacceptable that 600 elderly Scots who could benefit from the PDT treatment will otherwise unnecessarily go blind each year.

Supported by: Stewart Stevenson, Bill Butler, Alex Neil, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Roseanna Cunningham, John Scott, Fiona McLeod, Brian Adam, Maureen Macmillan, Trish Godman, Mr Murray Tosh, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Nicola Sturgeon, Scott Barrie, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Mary Scanlon, Michael Matheson, Cathie Craigie, Karen Gillon, Mr Michael McMahon, Mr Brian Monteith, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Helen Eadie, Donald Gorrie, Mr Tom McCabe, Brian Fitzpatrick, Ms Sandra White, Robin Harper*

S1M-3509 Tommy Sheridan: Richard Roberts Knitwear, Ayrshire—That the Parliament supports the activities of the trade union at Richard Roberts Knitwear (formerly Charnos) in trying to secure important jobs at its factory in Ayrshire and believes that a policy of public ownership should be applied to companies which withdraw from Scotland, leaving behind misery and unemployment.

S1M-3508# Fergus Ewing: Osteoporosis—That the Parliament notes that osteoporosis is a major public health problem which results in more than 20,000 fractures a year in Scotland, that the cost of osteoporotic fractures in the United Kingdom each year is estimated at over 1.7 billion and that one third of women and one in 12 men over 50 will suffer an osteoporotic fracture; further notes that with an ageing population profile this problem will become even more serious; is aware that osteoporosis is both treatable and largely preventable; welcomes the fact that the public and health professionals are becoming increasingly aware of osteoporosis as a major health problem but is concerned that health service provision throughout Scotland is patchy and that access to diagnostic testing and monitoring varies around the country; believes that sufficient funding can be made available so that all patients have equal access to services for both the diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis and that all patients suffering a fragility fracture or having other risk factors for the disease should be assessed for the presence of osteoporosis, and further believes that public health campaigns should be promoting the importance of lifestyle factors as influencing bone health and preventing osteoporosis.

Supported by: Stewart Stevenson, Michael Matheson, Alex Neil, Brian Adam, Tricia Marwick, Ms Sandra White, Roseanna Cunningham, Colin Campbell, Michael Russell, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Donald Gorrie, Fiona Hyslop, Fiona McLeod*

S1M-3506 Tommy Sheridan: Hairmyres Hospital Ancillary Staff—That the Parliament deplores the low level of wages across the National Health Service in Scotland; supports the action of ancillary staff at Hairmyres Hospital who will be striking to secure 5 per hour, which in itself still constitutes a low wage, and offers its fullest possible solidarity with the striking Hairmyres Hospital workers.

Supported by: Alex Neil, Dorothy-Grace Elder

S1M-3505 UNISON Campaign on Needlestick Injuries (lodged on 25 October 2002) Andrew Wilson*

S1M-3504# Provision of Dedicated Mother and Baby Services for Women with Post-Natal Depression (lodged on 25 October 2002) Mr Gil Paterson*

S1M-3503 60th Anniversary of the Battle of El Alamein (lodged on 24 October 2002) Andrew Wilson*

S1M-3501# Asylum Seekers and Health (lodged on 24 October 2002) Andrew Wilson*

S1M-3499# David Mundell: Nuisance to Communities Caused by Seagulls —That the Parliament notes that seagulls are causing an increasing nuisance in communities across Scotland and believes that the Scottish Executive should develop best practice guidance on how to tackle the problems associated with seagulls.

Supported by: Phil Gallie, Bill Aitken, Alex Johnstone, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Mr Brian Monteith, Donald Gorrie

S1M-3496 Effective Performance in Ministerial Office (lodged on 24 October 2002) Andrew Wilson*

S1M-3494# Alain Baxter (lodged on 21 October 2002) Mr Gil Paterson*

S1M-3493 Annual Shinty/Hurling International (lodged on 21 October 2002) Mr Gil Paterson*

S1M-3492 Queen of the South FC: Bell's League Challenge Cup Win (lodged on 21 October 2002) Andrew Wilson*

S1M-3490 Alain Baxter and the IOC (lodged on 16 October 2002) Mr Gil Paterson*, Andrew Wilson*

S1M-3489# Increased Workload of GPs Under the Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000 (lodged on 16 October 2002) Robin Harper*

S1M-3487# Human Trafficking (lodged on 14 October 2002) Mr Kenneth Macintosh*, Andrew Wilson*

S1M-3486# Mis-selling of Utilities (lodged on 11 October 2002) Mr Gil Paterson*

S1M-3485# Breast Cancer Awareness (lodged on 10 October 2002) Mary Scanlon*, Mr Gil Paterson*

S1M-3484 Angus Youth Congress (lodged on 10 October 2002) Mr Gil Paterson*

S1M-3482 In-House Provision of Public Services (lodged on 10 October 2002) Mr Gil Paterson*

S1M-3474 European Health and Safety at Work Week, 14-20 October 2002 (lodged on 8 October 2002) Mr Gil Paterson*

S1M-3473# Report by the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child (lodged on 8 October 2002) Andrew Wilson*

S1M-3470# Census 2001: Depopulation (lodged on 8 October 2002) Mr Gil Paterson*, Andrew Wilson*

S1M-3464# Debt and Lending (lodged on 3 October 2002) Mr Gil Paterson*, Andrew Wilson*

S1M-3463 Redundancy Insurance (lodged on 3 October 2002) Mr Gil Paterson*

S1M-3461 Grampian Addiction Problem Service (GAPS) (lodged on 3 October 2002) Mr Gil Paterson*

S1M-3459# Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group (lodged on 3 October 2002) Mr Gil Paterson*

S1M-3454# Dr Sylvia Jackson: Science and the Parliament - Wednesday 6 November 2002—That the Parliament welcomes the "Science and the Parliament" event being held on Wednesday 6 November 2002, organised by the Royal Society of Chemistry in association with Scotland's leading science organisations; notes the contribution of Scotland's 40,000 scientists to our economic, environmental and social development; further notes that Scotland is a world leader in many scientific disciplines; congratulates Scotland's scientists for their excellent ratings in the 2001 Research Assessment Exercise; welcomes the Scottish Executive's science strategy set out in A Science Strategy for Scotland and the efforts to foster an environment which enhances student participation in science, to invest in the science infrastructure and equipment of our educational establishments, to increase investment in research along with supporting greater industrial research and assisting in the practical application of our world-beating research, and believes that the Executive should take measures to reverse the downward trend and ensure that more students are choosing to study science at higher grade and degree level.

Supported by: Mr Jamie Stone, Shona Robison, Brian Adam, Robin Harper, Elaine Thomson, Robert Brown, Mr David Davidson, Brian Fitzpatrick, John Scott, Nora Radcliffe, Donald Gorrie, Marilyn Livingstone, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, David Mundell, Trish Godman, Bill Butler, Ms Wendy Alexander, Ms Sandra White, Irene McGugan, Tommy Sheridan, Angus MacKay, Susan Deacon, John Young, Ian Jenkins, Sarah Boyack, Tricia Marwick, Cathie Craigie

S1M-3449 Disabled Persons Housing Service (Lothian) (lodged on 1 October 2002) Mr Gil Paterson*, Richard Lochhead*

S1M-3448 Death of Yoni Jesner (lodged on 1 October 2002) Mr Gil Paterson*

S1M-3445 Chris Hoy Track Cycling Success (lodged on 1 October 2002) Mr Gil Paterson*

S1M-3442# Rise in Suicide Rates (lodged on 30 September 2002) Mr Gil Paterson*

S1M-3440 Congratulations to Chris Hoy (lodged on 27 September 2002) Mr Gil Paterson*

S1M-3434# In-Service Teacher Training - Child Psychology (lodged on 26 September 2002) Mr Gil Paterson*

S1M-3432 Arrest of Lesley McCulloch in Indonesia (lodged on 25 September 2002) Mr Gil Paterson*

S1M-3417# Borders College (lodged on 24 September 2002) Mr Gil Paterson*

S1M-3415# Firefighters' Pay Formula (lodged on 23 September 2002) Mr Gil Paterson*

S1M-3408 Soil Association Report on GM Crops (lodged on 18 September 2002) Mr Gil Paterson*

S1M-3392 International Forest Fest 2002 (lodged on 16 September 2002) Mr Gil Paterson*

S1M-3391 Mary Slessor Foundation (lodged on 16 September 2002) Mr Gil Paterson*

S1M-3389# HM Chief Inspector of Prisons Report on HM Prison Aberdeen (lodged on 12 September 2002) Mr Gil Paterson*

S1M-3385 Arnold Kemp (lodged on 11 September 2002) Mr Gil Paterson*