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Scottish Parliament: Business Bulletin 162/2000

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BUSINESS BULLETIN 162 / 2000

Monday 30 October 2000



Announcements

Section A - Daily Business List

Section B - Business Programme

Section C - Agendas of Committee Meetings

Section E - Written questions lodged on 27 September 2000

Section F - Motions and Amendments

Section H - New Documents

Section J - Progress of Parliamentary business




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Monday 30 October 2000

Announcements




Transport (Scotland) Bill - Stage 2

In its third day of consideration of the Transport (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2 on Wednesday 1 November, the Transport and the Environment Committee will not proceed beyond the end of Part 2 of the Bill. The deadline for lodging amendments for the third Marshalled List is therefore 5.30 pm on Monday 30 October.

If the Committee has not reached the end of Part 2 of the Bill that day, it will begin on the fourth day (8 November) at the point where it left off. Members are advised to lodge amendments as early as possible. As previously announced, amendments should be lodged with the clerks to the Committee.



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Section A – Daily Business List




Meetings of Committees

All meetings take place in Committee Chambers, Edinburgh unless otherwise indicated.



Education, Culture and Sport Committee

33rd Meeting, 2000

The Committee will meet at 1.30 pm in Committee Room 1

1. Questions for Minister (in private): The Committee will consider lines of questioning to the Minister.

2. School Exams Inquiry: The Committee will take evidence from—

The Minister for Children and Education:

Mr Sam Galbraith, MSP.

3. Update on Committee Business: The Committee will be updated on business in its current work programme.



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Section B - Business Programme




As agreed by the Parliament on 25 October 2000

Wednesday 1 November 2000

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

2.35 pm First Minister’s Motion to appoint Scottish Ministers

3.05 pm First Minister’s Motion to appoint junior Scottish Ministers

3.35 pm Executive Debate on official information and accountability to Parliament – the Executive’s Policy

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business - debate on the subject of S1M-1188 Mrs Mary Mulligan: Sydney Paralympics and Olympic Games (for text of motion see Section F)


Thursday 2 November 2000

9.30 am Scottish National Party Debate on Drugs Courts

followed by Scottish National Party Debate on Business Rates

followed by Business Motion

2.30 pm Question Time (for text of questions see Section D of Business Bulletin for Thursday 26 October 2000)

3.10 pm First Minister's Question Time

3.30 pm Executive Debate on National Cultural Strategy

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business - debate on the subject of S1M-1171 Alex Fergusson: Waiver of Groundwater Maintenance Charge (for text of motion see Section F)


Wednesday 8 November 2000

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Executive Debate on Equality Strategy

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business - debate on the subject of S1M-1236 Ms Sandra White: Glasgow and West Coast of Scotland Rail Infrastructure (for text of motion see Section F)


Thursday 9 November 2000

9.30 am Executive Debate on Children’s Issues

followed by Business Motion

2.30 pm Question Time

3.10 pm First Minister's Question Time

3.30 pm Executive Debate on Sport

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business




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Section C – Agendas of Committee Meetings




Justice and Home Affairs Committee

31 October 2000

31st Meeting, 2000

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in the Chamber, Assembly Hall, the Mound, Edinburgh

1. Items in private: The Committee will decide whether to consider draft reports on stage 2 of the budget process 2001/02 and on the Leasehold Casualties (Scotland) Bill in private at its next meeting.

2. Legal Aid Inquiry: The Committee will consider the remit of its inquiry.

3. STUC Women's Conference: The Committee will consider an invitation from the Scottish Trade Union Congress to nominate a female representative to attend the STUC Women’s Conference.

4. Social Partnership Funding: The Committee will consider a draft application for social partnership funding.

5. Petition: The Committee will consider written evidence on petition PE89 by Eileen McBride on enhanced criminal record certificates from—

Barnardo’s Scotland;

Scottish Police Federation; and

the Law Society of Scotland.

6. Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report on the Bill.



Finance Committee

31 October 2000

24th Meeting, 2000

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 1

1. Committee Business: The Committee will consider whether to take agenda items 6 and 7 in private.

2. Holyrood Project: The Committee will consider a report from Ken Macintosh MSP, Reporter on the Holyrood Project.

3. Scottish Parliament Corporate Body Budget Proposal for 2001/02: The Committee will take evidence from.

Robert Brown MSP, Appointed Member, Scottish Parliament Corporate Body

Paul Grice, Clerk and Chief Executive, The Scottish Parliament

Stewart Gilfillan, Director of Corporate Services, The Scottish Parliament

4. 2001/2002 Budget Process: The Committee will be updated on various aspects of the budget process.

5. Salmon Conservation (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will receive consider the provisions of the Bill which introduce new or increase existing expenditure charged on or payable out of the Scottish Consolidated Fund (under Standing Orders Rule 9.12).

6. Inquiry into Resource Accounting and Budgeting: The Committee will be updated on the appointment of an adviser for the inquiry.

7. External Research: The Committee will receive a presentation from Professor Arthur Midwinter on the external research that the Committee has commissioned.



Subordinate Legislation Committee

31 October 2000

30th Meeting, 2000

The Committee will meet at 11.15 am in Committee Room 3

1. Delegated Powers Scrutiny: The Committee will consider the further response from the Scottish Executive to points raised on the following Bill—

Salmon Conservation (Scotland) Bill

The Committee will consider the subordinate legislation provisions in the following Bill—

Education (Graduate Endowment and Student Support) (Scotland) Bill

2. Executive Responses: The Committee will consider the responses from the Scottish Executive to points raised on the following instruments—

The Specified Risk Material Order Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2000, (SSI 2000/344)

The Specified Risk Material Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2000, (SSI 2000/345)

The Agricultural Subsidies (Appeals) (Scotland) Regulations 2000, (SSI 2000/347)

The National Health Service (General Dental Services) (Scotland) Amendment (No.2) Regulations 2000, (SSI 2000/352)

The Brucellosis (Scotland) Regulations 2000, (SSI 2000/364)

The Enzootic Bovine Leukosis (Scotland) Regulations 2000, (SSI 2000/365)

The Teachers’ Superannuation (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2000, (SSI 2000/366)

The Borders General Hospital National Health Service Trust (Establishment) Amendment Order 2000, (SSI 2000/353)

The Dumfries and Galloway Acute and Maternity Hospitals National Health Service Trust (Establishment) Amendment Order 2000, (SSI 2000/354)

The Yorkhill National Health Service Trust (Establishment) Amendment Order 2000, (SSI 2000/355)

The Standards in Scotland’s Schools etc. Act 2000 (Commencement No.3 and Transitional Provisions) Order 2000, (SSI 2000/361)

3. Affirmative Instruments: The Committee will consider the following instrument—

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (East Coast) (No.2) (Scotland) Order 2000, (SSI 2000/370)

4. Draft Affirmative Instruments: The Committee will consider the following instruments—

The Welfare of Farmed Animals (Scotland) Regulations 2000, (SSI 2000/draft)

The Budget (Scotland) Act 2000 (Amendment) (No.2) Order 2000, (SSI 2000/draft)

5. Negative Instruments: The Committee will consider the following instrument—

The Gaming Clubs (Hours) (Scotland) Regulations 2000, (SSI 2000/371)

6. Instruments not subject to Parliamentary control: The Committee will consider the following instruments—

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.3) (Scotland) Partial Revocation Order 2000, (SSI 2000/369)

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.3) (Scotland) Revocation Order 2000, (SSI 2000/372)

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.2) (Scotland) Partial Revocation (No.3) Order 2000, (SSI 2000/378)

7. Committee Remit: The Committee will consider a paper outlining a proposed change to its remit.



European Committee

31 October 2000

18th Meeting, 2000

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in The Hub, Castlehill, Edinburgh

1. Items in private: The Committee will consider whether to take items 5 and 6 in private

2. Convener's report: The Convener will update the Committee on

Letter received from the Minister for Transport and the Environment in relation to compliance with Directives 96/59/EC (PCB/PCT), 76/160/EEC (Bathing Water) and 79/923/EEC (Shellfish Waters)

Letter received from the Minister for Finance in relation to EQUAL and other Community Initiatives

3. Scrutiny of EC/EU documents: The Committee will carry out the scrutiny of documents received for this meeting

4. Inquiry into European Structural Funds and their implementation in Scotland (in private): The Committee will discuss its draft report

5. New working procedures and a revised work programme (November 2000 to June 2001): The Committee will discuss its draft report

6. Scottish aquaculture industry: The Committee will discuss the revised draft reporter’s report prepared by Maureen Macmillan MSP on the impact of European list 1 designated disease Infectious Salmon Anaemia and list 2 disease Viral Haemorrhagic Septicaemia on the Scottish aquaculture industry



Local Government Committee

31 October 2000

28th Meeting, 2000

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 1

1. Statutory Performance Indicators: The Committee will take evidence from Audit Scotland

2. Stage 2 of the Budget Process 2001/02: The Committee will take evidence from—

Scottish Executive

Professor Arthur Midwinter

3. Subordinate Legislation: The Committee will consider the following affirmative instrument—

The Train Operating Companies (Rateable Values) (Scotland) (No. 2) Order 2000 SSI 2000/draft

4. Stage 2 of the Budget Process 2001/02: The Committee will take evidence from Mr Jack McConnell, Minister for Finance



Rural Affairs Committee

31 October 2000

28th Meeting, 2000

The Committee will meet at 2.15 pm in Committee Room 2

1. Shellfish Poisoning: The Committee will take evidence from—

The Minister for Health & Community Care

The Deputy Minister for Rural Affairs

Officials from the Food Standards Agency

2. Budget 2001/ 2002 stage 2 proposals: The Committee will take evidence from the Minister for Rural Affairs.

3. Salmon Conservation (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the outcome of its stage 1 consultation and decide the arrangements for oral evidence.

4. Petitions: The Committee will consider—

An Executive memorandum in response to PE194 from Mr D Keith of behalf on the Scottish Campaign for Public Angling regarding access to the River Tay.

PE 272 from the National Farmers’ Union of Scotland calling for amendment of the Disease of Fish (Control) Regulations 1994 to include compensation payments, rights of appeal and access to scientific data.

5 Subordinate Legislation: The Committee will consider The Diseases of Fish (Control) Amendment (Scotland) Regulations (SSI 2000/330) under the negative procedure

6 Proposed Agriculture Inquiry: The Committee will consider a draft research proposal in support of an Agricultural inquiry.

7 Report into the impact of the closure of the Islay Creamery: The Committee will consider the handling of a draft report.



Health and Community Care Committee

1 November 2000

24th Meeting, 2000

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 3

1. Community Care Inquiry (in private): The Committee will consider its conclusions and recommendations.



Social Inclusion, Housing and Voluntary Sector Committee

1 November 2000

33rd Meeting, 2000

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in The Chamber, Assembly Hall, The Mound, Edinburgh

1. Items to be taken in private: The Committee will consider whether items 3, 5 and 6 be taken in private.

2. Items to be taken in private: The Committee will consider whether items at the meeting on 8 November on Stage 1 of the Family Homes and Homelessness (Scotland) Bill and Stage 2 of the Annual Budget Process be taken in private.

3. Questions for the Minister: The Committee will consider its lines of questioning for the Minister for Communities on Stage 2 of the Annual Budget Process.

4. Annual Budget Process: The Committee will take evidence on Stage 2 of the Annual Budget Process from—

Wendy Alexander, Minister for Communities.

5. Family Homes and Homelessness (Scotland) Bill and Mortgage Rights (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider its reports for Stage 1 of the Bills.

6. Inquiry into Drug Misuse and Deprived Communities: The Committee will consider a further draft report of its Inquiry into Drug Misuse and Deprived Communities.



Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee

1 November 2000

25th Meeting, 2000

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in The Hub, Castlehill, Edinburgh

1. Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Budget: The Committee will take evidence from the Deputy Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning, Nicol Stephen MSP.

2. Education (Graduate Endowment and Student Support) (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence from officials from the Department of Enterprise and Lifelong Learning.

3. Education (Graduate Endowment and Student Support) (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence from The National Union of Students, Scotland.

4. Subordinate Legislation: The Committee will consider the following negative statutory instruments—

The Education and Training (Scotland) Amendment to Regulations S! 2000/342

5. Scottish Utilities Forum: The Committee will discuss additional nominations of members to the Forum.



Transport and the Environment Committee

1 November 2000

25th Meeting, 2000

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 2

1. Item in Private: The Committee will decide whether to take item 4 in private.

2. Transport (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the Bill at Stage 2 (Day 3).

3. Public Petitions: The Committee will consider the following public petitions—

Petition PE3 from Hospitalfield Area Residents’ Committee on commercial oil seed rape crushing in their area and the effect of this activity on residents’ health

Petition PE17 from Western Isles Council on Skye Bridge discounting options for Western Isles residents

Petition PE23 from by Save Wemyss Ancient Caves Society calling for action to be taken to repair storm damage to the access of the caves

Petition PE27 from Skye and Kyle Against Tolls on Float Concessions for Skye Bridge

4. Water and the Water Industry Inquiry: The Committee will consider draft terms of reference for its inquiry into water and the water industry.



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Section E - Written questions lodged on 27 October 2000




S1W-10689 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-10065 by Mr Frank McAveety on 9 October 2000, whether it will make available in SPICe a copy of the report of the Dog Identification Working Group.

S1W-10690 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-10065 by Mr Frank McAveety on 9 October 2000, what the extent will be of any consultation on any proposals for change and, in particular, what groups would be involved and whether the general public will be able to comment.

S1W-10691 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-10064 by Mr Frank McAveety on 9 October 2000, whether the observer at the Dog Identification Working Group took any part in the group’s deliberations and whether the observer provided the group with the views of the Scottish Executive.

S1W-10692 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many reports are awaited from public local inquiries into planning matters.

S1W-10693 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many reports from public local inquiries into planning matters are awaiting a ministerial decision.

S1W-10694 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive how many reports from public local inquiries are outstanding by more than (a) three months, (b) six months, (c) nine months and (d) one year.

S1W-10695 Margaret Jamieson: To ask the Scottish Executive what targets are set for reporters in relation to completing reports into local planning matters.

S1W-10696 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive when the Minister for Health and Community Care will answer my letter of 28 June 2000 regarding Mr and Mrs Innes and the incidence of cepacia.

S1W-10697 Alex Neil: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will answer parliamentary question S1W-4411 which received a holding reply in February 2000.

S1W-10698 Linda Fabiani: To ask the Scottish Executive how much money has been spent in Scotland on research into multiple sclerosis since 1 July 1999 by (a) it and (b) other bodies.

S1W-10699 Donald Gorrie: To ask the Scottish Executive when it intends to respond to the letter from the editor of Scottish Licensing Law and Practice dated 20 December 1999 raising an anomaly in Scotland in the law governing all cash amusement with prize machines.

S1W-10700 Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will publish the findings of the review by the Scottish Ambulance Service of accident and emergency services.

S1W-10701 Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Scottish Executive how many people died in each of the past five years in Glasgow while (a) waiting for an ambulance and (b) in an ambulance and en-route to a hospital.

S1W-10702 Dorothy-Grace Elder: To ask the Scottish Executive when it expects to receive the response from the Scottish Ambulance Service to A Service for Life by the National Audit Office and whether this response will be made public.

S1W-10703 Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive what progress the Scottish Environment Protection Agency has made to date on developing guidance on targets for household waste recycling and whether the guidance will be completed by the end of the year.

S1W-10704 Bruce Crawford: To ask the Scottish Executive whether the Scottish Environment Protection Agency has a reliable and comprehensive database of information on waste management issues.

S1W-10706 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive whether Best Value reviews in local government are introduced as a means to deliver financial savings or as a means to consider the needs of local communities and their expressed views about services.

S1W-10707 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive when it will provide a definition of Best Value to be used in forthcoming legislation.

S1W-10708 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it will take to ensure the common application of Best Value across the public sector.

S1W-10709 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it will take to ensure the co-ordination of the Best Value external scrutiny process.

S1W-10710 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to improve local authority performance management and planning in relation to Best Value.

S1W-10711 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to ensure that local authorities link budgets and other resources to key service priorities.

S1W-10712 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to ensure that key decision makers, including elected members and officials receive full and accurate reports regarding local authority service performance.

S1W-10713 Mr Kenneth Gibson: To ask the Scottish Executive what steps it is taking to ensure that local authorities seek out local government benchmarking partners.




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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-1289 Nora Radcliffe: Recognition of British Sign Language in European Year of Languages 2001—That the Parliament welcomes the designation of 2001 as European Year of Languages, which has the aim of celebrating Europe’s linguistic heritage and promoting language learning; notes that individual Member States decide which languages should be included; recognises that British Sign Language (BSL) is one of the four most widely-used native languages in the UK, along with English, Welsh and Gaelic; also notes that BSL is the first or preferred language of 70,000 deaf people, and calls upon Her Majesty’s Government to have British Sign Language designated as eligible for this important project.

S1M-1288 Mr Brian Monteith: Recognition of the Success of the British Paralympic Team—That the Parliament extends its warmest congratulations to Caroline Innes from Fife on her achievement of winning two athletics gold medals in the 200 and 400 metre events, and for establishing a new 200 metre world record, and to all 214 members of the British Paralympic team competing in the Sydney Games, who have so far won more than 70 medals and produced a number of personal best performances.

S1M-1287# Christine Grahame: Funding for Disabled People and their Carers—That the Parliament recognises that the current levels of social security benefits for disabled people and their carers do not meet the costs of either disability or care; further recognises that means testing for community care services penalises both disabled people and their carers, and believes that the Scottish Executive should investigate and report separately on (a) income levels of disabled people and their carers, (b) take-up of services by disabled people and their carers and (c) social inclusion and equality of opportunity for these groups.

Supported by: Mr Kenneth Gibson, Tommy Sheridan*

S1M-1286 Tommy Sheridan: Glasgow Light Rail Scheme—That the Parliament believes that the construction of a light rail scheme in Glasgow would provide enormous benefits to the city in relation to jobs, improving the environment, tackling congestion and related pollution and regenerating the city as a tourist attraction; resolves therefore to reappraise urgently the Strathclyde Passenger Transport Executive’s private legislation proposal for a light rail scheme promoted in 1994 but rejected by four Parliamentary Commissioners, appointed under the Private Legislation Procedure (Scotland) Act 1936, in 1996, and agrees that this matter deserves to be investigated by the Minister for Transport and the Environment immediately.

S1M-1285# Mr Kenneth Gibson: Establishment of a Children's Fund—That the Parliament applauds the decision of the Chancellor of the Exchequer to establish a Children’s Fund south of the border as a way of providing funding to local organisations and communities to tackle child poverty; believes that such a fund will go a long way to help young people develop their own projects and solutions to everyday problems, fund existing initiatives, support voluntary and local community projects and help promote children’s involvement in services; is concerned that the Scottish Executive appears hesitant about establishing a Children’s Fund in Scotland, and calls for consultation with community children’s organisations and young people on the establishment of an innovative and creative Children’s Fund, without the complex system of partnerships and funding mazes that bedevil so many other of their strategies.

Supported by: Linda Fabiani

S1M-1284# Mr Kenneth Gibson: Voluntary Sector Access to Criminal Record Information—That the Parliament welcomes plans to introduce detailed criminal record checks on people working with children under 18 from July 2001; notes, however, that many voluntary organisations are deeply concerned at having to pay to obtain enhanced criminal record certificates; believes such costs place an extra burden on groups working with children; accepts the consensus position within the voluntary sector that it should not have to pay for access to vital child protection information; understands that financial barriers placed in the way of organisations working with children mean fewer safe environments for children and create a barrier to social inclusion, and asks the Scottish Executive to ensure that the voluntary sector free access across the board to criminal record information.

Supported by: Linda Fabiani, Tommy Sheridan*

S1M-1283 Alasdair Morgan: High Fuel Prices—That the Parliament expresses its continued concern at the escalating price of fuel and calls upon the Chancellor of the Exchequer to take measures to lessen the impact of such high fuel costs on the economic well-being of Scotland and its people and to encourage other EU member states to discourage the illegal transportation of fuel across national boundaries.

S1M-1282 Brian Adam: Aberdeen Alternative Festival—That the Parliament regrets the demise of the Aberdeen Alternative Festival and calls upon Aberdeen City Council, other agencies and the private sector to do everything possible to resurrect the festival in the near future and to put major emphasis on ensuring the survival of the community programme, which has done a great deal to bring the arts to the people and has encouraged many to participate in events.

Supported by: Shona Robison

S1M-1281# Nick Johnston: Difficulties Faced by Paper Makers in Scotland—That the Parliament acknowledges the difficulties faced by paper makers in Scotland, and particularly in Mid Scotland and Fife; recognises the pressure on paper making caused by the current currency variations, and is mindful of the potential job josses in the industry and the subsequent effect on the economies of areas of Scotland where paper making is a key industry.

Supported by: Mr Brian Monteith, Mr Keith Harding*

S1M-1280 Ms Margo MacDonald: Palestinian Resolution—That the Parliament recognises the importance of the recent resolutions of the United Nations Security Council and the United Nations General Assembly both condemning the level of violence employed by the Israeli Defence Force in the West Bank and Gaza; joins the universal demand for a just settlement of the Palestinian right to their own state free of occupation; calls for an end to the lethal use of force by the Israeli Defence Force; recognises that in Israel there is a peace movement which seeks a just settlement of Palestinian-Israeli relations, and joins in the call for a resumption of peace talks on the basis of equality, justice and dignity for the Palestinian people, including those now languishing in refugee camps.

Supported by: Kate MacLean, Mr John Munro, Mr Gil Paterson, Margaret Smith, Mr Adam Ingram, Roseanna Cunningham, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Maureen Macmillan, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Christine Grahame, Alex Neil, Donald Gorrie, Ian Jenkins, Mr Michael McMahon, Tommy Sheridan*

S1M-1279 Brian Adam: East Coast Mainline Rail Services—That the Parliament condemns GNER for terminating trains at Edinburgh indefinitely in order to maintain services south of the border, thus ignoring the needs of rail passengers in the North and East of Scotland, and calls on the Shadow Strategic Rail Authority to review this situation before it awards the 20 year franchise for the East Coast mainline.

Supported by: Mr Kenneth Gibson, Shona Robison

S1M-1276# Richard Lochhead: Condition of Medical Equipment—That the Parliament believes that an investigation should be initiated into the condition of medical equipment in Scotland’s hospitals, following the revelation that 25% of general medical equipment owned by Grampian University Hospitals NHS Trust is beyond its standard life and given that, according to Tayside University Hospitals NHS Trust, one reason why cancer waiting times in Tayside were among the worst in Scotland was due to broken-down equipment.

Supported by: Fergus Ewing, Margaret Smith, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Tricia Marwick, Shona Robison, Alex Neil, Tommy Sheridan*

S1M-1274 Tommy Sheridan: Independent Police Complaints Tribunal—That the Parliament agrees, in the light of the comments made by Tom Wood, Deputy Chief Constable of Lothian and Borders Police in The Herald newspaper on 24 October 2000, that the case for an independent Police Complaints Tribunal is now overwhelming and that such a body should be established as a matter of urgency.

Supported by: Shona Robison, Alex Neil

S1M-1273# Mr Duncan McNeil: Compensation for Mesothelioma Sufferers—That the Parliament notes the plight of shipyard workers and their families who were exposed to asbestos, became ill and have now contracted mesothelioma; expresses concern over the length of time their compensation cases are taking to reach conclusion and the use of so-called "blanket denials" by the defenders, and notes that this practice victimises and denies justice to these cancer sufferers.

Supported by: Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Malcolm Chisholm, Cathie Craigie, Elaine Thomson, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Phil Gallie, Janis Hughes, John Scott, Mike Watson, Scott Barrie, Shona Robison, Margaret Jamieson, Hugh Henry, Alex Neil, Mr Keith Harding*, Tommy Sheridan*

S1M-1272 Gordon Jackson: Govan Shipyard—That the Parliament notes that the BAe Systems Govan shipyard is in the running for major Ministry of Defence orders; welcomes the recent decision of BAe management to share work for the Scotstoun sister yard with Govan until spring; praises the yard’s strong reputation for Clyde-built quality; recognises it as the major employer at the heart of Govan; acknowledges that work is vital to secure the yard’s future for its skilled and dedicated workforce; encourages the Scottish Executive to continue making the case for Govan in representations to Her Majesty's Government; appreciates the efforts of MSPs, Scottish MPs and trade unions working together in campaigning for the Govan yard, and expresses total support for the Govan shipyard in bidding for current orders and future work.

Supported by: Mr John McAllion, Paul Martin, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Mr Duncan McNeil, Cathy Peattie, Trish Godman, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Johann Lamont, Malcolm Chisholm, Cathie Craigie, Margaret Smith, Janis Hughes, Dr Richard Simpson, Rhoda Grant, Scott Barrie, Margaret Jamieson, Hugh Henry

S1M-1270 Michael Russell: Dere Street—That the Parliament notes the need to conserve, protect and exhibit the Roman Heritage of Scotland; expresses concern that the Scottish Executive has given permission for part of the Roman road, Dere Street, to be used by four wheel drive vehicles which is likely to lead to irreparable damage and loss of valuable artefacts, and congratulates the Antonine Guard Organisation on its continuing campaign on this and other matters such as the threat to the Cramond remains.

Supported by: Fiona McLeod, Colin Campbell, Shona Robison, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Roseanna Cunningham

S1M-1269# Ms Margo MacDonald: Safety on the Rail Network—That the Parliament resolves that, failing a favourable decision by Her Majesty's Government to turn its investment in rail infrastructure into an effective shareholding in Railtrack, the Scottish Executive should investigate how safety standards can be raised and maintained in Scotland’s rail network.

Supported by: Alex Neil, Robin Harper, Colin Campbell, Shona Robison, Brian Adam, Margaret Smith, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Donald Gorrie

S1M-1268# Nicola Sturgeon: Govan Shipyard—That the Parliament notes that a decision on the award of the contract to build roll-on-roll-off ferries for the Ministry of Defence is imminent; recognises that if the BAe Systems Govan shipyard is successful in its bid to secure this contract, work will be secured at the yard for up to five years; considers that the winning of the contract is essential to the long term future of the yard and expresses its wholehearted support for the Govan yard in its bid for the ro-ro order.

Supported by: Mr Andrew Welsh, Fergus Ewing, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Michael Russell, Roseanna Cunningham, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Bruce Crawford, Andrew Wilson, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Ms Margo MacDonald, Alex Neil, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Michael Matheson, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Mr Alex Salmond, Irene McGugan, Tricia Marwick, Tommy Sheridan, Fiona McLeod, Linda Fabiani, David McLetchie, Colin Campbell, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Shona Robison, Brian Adam R, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Mr David Davidson

S1M-1267 Tommy Sheridan: Rail Disasters—That the Parliament believes that, in the light of the recent rail disaster at Hatfield and the many others in recent years since privatisation of the industry, it is necessary to return the national rail network to public ownership and control in order to ensure that passenger safety is put before financial considerations, to restore public confidence and to resolve the fragmentation of the rail industry which is rendering attempts to address safety issues unnecessarily complicated.

Supported by: Dorothy-Grace Elder

S1M-1266# Andrew Wilson: OKI, Cumbernauld—That the Parliament notes with regret the recent job losses at the OKI electronic equipment plant in Cumbernauld which were a direct result of the high value of the pound and the failure of the UK to join the European Single Currency; congratulates the workforce of OKI on their excellent record of productivity and efficiency, and calls for all possible action to be taken by the UK Government to bring down the damagingly high rate of the pound and end the continuing harm that Scotland’s non-membership of the Euro is doing to Scottish jobs particularly in Scotland’s trading sector.

Supported by: Brian Adam, Christine Grahame, Linda Fabiani, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Colin Campbell, Fiona McLeod, Shona Robison, Margaret Smith, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Roseanna Cunningham, Tommy Sheridan*

S1M-1265# Mr Adam Ingram: School Milk—That the Parliament notes with concern that almost one third of children go to school without breakfast; recognises the importance of the provision of subsidised school milk in providing children with essential calories, vitamins, proteins and minerals; welcomes the decision by the EU to fund school milk at 75% of the target milk price; supports provision of the necessary top-up funding of an estimated £380,000 in Scotland to ensure the maintenance of the current level of subsidy for school milk in primary schools, and further calls for reintroduction of school milk in secondary schools in order to fulfil the Labour Party’s 1997 manifesto pledge.

Supported by: Dr Winnie Ewing, Ms Sandra White, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Adam Ingram, Brian Adam, Andrew Wilson, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Christine Grahame, Linda Fabiani, Colin Campbell, Fiona McLeod, Shona Robison, Alex Neil, Alasdair Morgan, Nora Radcliffe, Tricia Marwick, Mrs Margaret Ewing*, Tommy Sheridan*

S1M-1264 Mr Kenneth Gibson: Scotland's Participation in Future Olympic Games—That the Parliament congratulates all British participants in the recent Sydney Olympic Games; is pleased that the number of gold medals won by the Great Britain team was the highest for 80 years; is aware that Cuba won the same number of gold medals as Britain, as did Romania, while the Netherlands won 12, despite these countries having less than a fifth, a third and a quarter of Great Britain’s population; realises that Great Britain came only thirtieth in terms of per capita success; believes that this is due to continued underfunding of sport relative to other countries, resulting for example in Britain having only eight Olympic sized swimming pools compared with 1,500 in Australia, which has a population only a third of the size of Britain’s; notes that the 199 countries participating excluded one of Europe’s oldest nations, Scotland; notes that while most national Olympic Committees are from nations, the International Olympic Committee also recognises independent territories, commonwealths, protectorates and geographical areas and that therefore, despite the Minister for Children and Education’s statement on 28 September 2000 (Official Report, col. 792-3), there is not necessarily only a single recognised Olympic committee for each independent nation state; is pleased that American Samoa, Aruba, Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Cook Islands, Guam, Hong Kong, Netherlands Antilles, Palestine, Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands all entered teams in the Olympics despite their non-independent status; recognises that Scotland competes in the cricket, football and rugby union world cups and Commonwealth Games in its own right; believes that Scotland should compete in the Athens and subsequent Olympic Games in its own right, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to work to that end.

Supported by: Ms Sandra White, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Adam Ingram, Irene McGugan, Andrew Wilson, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Linda Fabiani, Colin Campbell, Fiona McLeod, Shona Robison, Alasdair Morgan

S1M-1263# George Lyon: Caledonian MacBrayne—That the Parliament recognises the high proportion of Caledonian MacBrayne employees who are drawn from the communities that the company serves; acknowledges the importance of these jobs to the economic well-being of these remote and island communities; notes with concern the fears that employees of Caledonian MacBrayne have regarding the potential consequences of the competitive tendering process required by the European Commission, and urges the Scottish Executive to do everything within its power to ensure that job security for staff at Caledonian MacBrayne is maintained throughout and after the conclusion of that process.

Supported by: Mr John Munro, Mr Jamie Stone, Mr Duncan McNeil, Linda Fabiani, Shona Robison, Margaret Smith, Nora Radcliffe

S1M-1262 Brian Adam: Aberdeen Sunday Car Parking Charges—That the Parliament regrets the recent decision by Aberdeen City Council to become the first council in Scotland to introduce charges for car parking on Sundays in parts of the City and calls upon Aberdeen City Council to reconsider this rather crude income generation scheme which will greatly inconvenience residents and their visitors.

Supported by: Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Adam Ingram, Irene McGugan, Andrew Wilson, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Colin Campbell, Fiona McLeod, Shona Robison

S1M-1261 Euan Robson: Scottish Parliamentary Bursary—That the Parliament, rejoicing in Scotland’s artistic heritage, urges the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body to organise and fund, with sponsorship if appropriate, an annual Scottish Parliament bursary which would enable artists and historians to contribute to or interpret that heritage and which would mark the Scottish Parliament’s desire to enhance freedom of expression and creativity in Scotland.

Supported by: Michael Russell, Ian Jenkins, Ms Sandra White, Irene McGugan, Andrew Wilson, Linda Fabiani, Fiona McLeod, Shona Robison, Alasdair Morgan, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Roseanna Cunningham, Nora Radcliffe

S1M-1259 Tommy Sheridan: MMR Vaccine—That the Parliament notes the growing body of evidence which suggests a possible link between the triple measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccination and the increased incidence of autism and other disorders in children and calls upon the Scottish Executive to take the necessary steps to provide each of the three vaccines in separate doses, free of charge and on the NHS, as an alternative for those parents who request it for a five year period while further research is conducted into possible links between the MMR vaccine and autism in children.

Supported by: Fiona McLeod, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Ms Sandra White, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Adam Ingram, Irene McGugan, Christine Grahame, Linda Fabiani, Shona Robison

S1M-1258 Nick Johnston: Congratulations to Shirley Robertson—That the Parliament congratulates all Olympic medallists and extends special congratulations to Shirley Robertson from Menstrie in Clackmannanshire for winning the first ever gold medal for a British woman sailor and the first individual gold for a Scottish woman since 1920.

Supported by: Bill Aitken, Alex Fergusson, Irene McGugan, Christine Grahame, Phil Gallie, Mary Scanlon, Mr Keith Harding*

S1M-1257 Ms Margo MacDonald: Cannabis and the Scottish Criminal Justice System—That the Parliament calls upon the Scottish Executive, in consultation with the Parliament, to establish a Commission of experts and lay persons to examine and report on social and medical factors which might require changes to be made to Scots Law and the working of the Scottish criminal justice system in relation to the use of cannabis in Scotland.

Supported by: Donald Gorrie, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Christine Grahame, Linda Fabiani, Mr John Munro, Alex Neil, Kate MacLean, Margaret Smith, Nora Radcliffe

S1M-1256 Mr Jack McConnell: Education (Graduate Endowment and Student Support) (Scotland) Bill: Financial Resolution—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Education (Graduate Endowment and Student Support) (Scotland) Bill, agrees to—

(a) the following expenditure payable out of the Scottish Consolidated Fund—

(i) the expenses of the Scottish Ministers in consequence of the Act; and

(ii) any increase attributable to the Act in the sums payable out of the Fund under or by virtue of any other enactment; and

(b) any payments made to the Scottish Ministers under the Act.

S1M-1255 Mr Gil Paterson: Review of Sex Offenders Act 1997—That the Parliament notes the commitment of the Scottish Executive to a joint review of the Sex Offenders Act 1997; asks the Executive to pursue such a review as a matter of priority and to provide regular reports to Parliament on the progress of that review, and further calls for the review to include provision for (a) Scottish child sex offenders with overseas convictions to be automatically registered within Scotland on their release from custody and (b) Scottish sex offenders who intend to travel overseas to register their travel plans and addresses while they are abroad.

Supported by: Tricia Marwick, Nora Radcliffe, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Michael Russell, Fiona McLeod, Brian Adam, Ms Sandra White, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Alex Fergusson, Irene McGugan, Andrew Wilson, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Nicola Sturgeon, Shona Robison, Alex Neil, Phil Gallie, Margaret Smith, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Nick Johnston, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Mr Jamie Stone, Dennis Canavan, Tommy Sheridan, Ian Jenkins, Christine Grahame, Mrs Margaret Ewing*

S1M-1253# Dorothy-Grace Elder: Scots and Chronic Pain—That the Parliament is deeply concerned about the lack of funding and facilities for chronic pain alleviation in Scotland; wishes to move up the health agenda the suffering of those who endure chronic pain, bearing in mind the 500,000 Scots who suffer pain regularly and the immense strain this places upon them and their families; requests that an audit be carried out of the current level of provision in this area and of the availability of specialist consultants, nurses and physiotherapists, given that scarcities in these areas result in people in agony having to wait seven months for pain clinic appointments in some areas; wishes to see suffering from conditions such as back pain and arthritic pain given proper prominence; is extremely anxious concerning cancer patients, around 50% of whom are estimated not to have adequate pain relief; is also mindful of the stress caused to health professionals unable to help patients speedily due to the lack of resources and agrees that an entirely new outlook is needed.

Supported by: Christine Grahame, Nora Radcliffe, Donald Gorrie, Michael Russell, Fiona McLeod, Andrew Wilson, Shona Robison, Alex Neil, Margaret Smith, Mr Adam Ingram

S1M-1252 Fergus Ewing: Evaluation of Open Day—That the Parliament congratulates all staff involved in the organisation and conduct of the open day on 30 September 2000; believes that to have around 5,000 people visit the Parliament Chamber, Visitor Centre, Committee Rooms and other facilities indicates the success of both the event and the policy which enables an open approach to access for the public to our Parliament, and believes that, after analysis of this year’s event, it would be useful to repeat the open day and consider making it a more regular event.

Supported by: Colin Campbell, Andrew Wilson, Robin Harper, Christine Grahame, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Donald Gorrie, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Michael Russell, Fiona McLeod, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Linda Fabiani, Margaret Smith, Nora Radcliffe, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Mr Keith Harding*

S1M-1251# Mr Kenneth Gibson: Discrimination Against Teaching Centres of Artistic Excellence—That the Parliament notes the decision of the Department for Education and Employment to introduce Dance and Drama Awards for students to study at institutions in England and Wales; is aware that Scottish students compete on equal terms for places at such institutions with their counterparts from other parts of the United Kingdom and the European Union (EU); is concerned that tuition fees are only paid if students study in England and Wales and regrets that no parallel funding scheme exists for students who wish to study in Scotland; believes that this discrimination against Scottish institutions can only harm them and in the case of Ballet West may force it out of business or to relocate from Taynuilt to outwith Scotland, to the detriment of the local economy and employment; notes that Ballet West attracts students from across the United Kingdom, the EU and as far afield as Guatemala, Japan and Malaysia and outperforms competitor schools from south of the border in ballet competitions and quality of training; is puzzled by the Minister for Children and Education’s view that "there is no evidence of significant demand for Dance and Drama training for young people aged 16 and over in Scotland" when 613 applications were received by Ballet West for 23 places; regrets that 34 students withdrew or rejected offers from Ballet West due to lack of funding, compared with only two students doing so at English institutions; notes that the Excellence Fund supports and encourages talent secondary school dancers in Scotland but that the only progression into tertiary training encouraged by the Scottish Executive is in England; is concerned that Scotland will become denuded of teaching centres of artistic excellence and be drained of artistic talent as a result of this discrimination; believes the current position of the Scottish Executive on this issue contradicts its own cultural strategy that has as its key themes "widening opportunities, promoting education, developing and celebrating excellence" and believes that the Scottish Executive should act in order that students from across the UK can choose where to study dance, drama or stage management based on the quality of course offered rather than on whether or not tuition fees will be paid.

Supported by: Fergus Ewing, Fiona McLeod, Colin Campbell, Tricia Marwick, Shona Robison, Andrew Wilson, Robin Harper, Nora Radcliffe, Donald Gorrie, Michael Russell, Brian Adam, Irene McGugan, Ms Sandra White, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Alex Neil, Roseanna Cunningham, Mary Scanlon, Mr Duncan Hamilton

S1M-1250 Mr John Swinney: Release of Executive Documents Relating to the Examination Results Crisis—That the Parliament requires under the terms of section 23 of the Scotland Act 1998 that the Minister for Children and Education and Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning produce for the Education, Culture and Sport Committee and Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee all documents in their custody or under their control, including advice from civil servants to Ministers, concerning the Scottish Qualifications Authority and this year’s examination results crisis within 14 days of this resolution of the Parliament.

Supported by: Michael Russell, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Dennis Canavan, Christine Grahame, Nicola Sturgeon, Linda Fabiani, Roseanna Cunningham, Fiona McLeod, Fergus Ewing, Colin Campbell, Tricia Marwick, Mr Andrew Welsh, Shona Robison, Andrew Wilson, Robin Harper, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Ms Sandra White, Brian Adam, Irene McGugan, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Alasdair Morgan

S1M-1249 Ms Sandra White: Rector of Glasgow University—That the Parliament agrees that the position of Rector of Glasgow University is one that carries considerable responsibility as well as bestowing honour and dignity upon the holder of the post; notes with concern the views of many students of Glasgow University who are calling for the resignation of the current Rector Mr Ross Kemp, on the basis that he has failed in many of his Rectorial duties, including failing to give the freshers’ address in two successive years and to hold surgeries as promised, and therefore supports the students of Glasgow University and calls for his immediate resignation as Rector.

Supported by: Mr Kenneth Gibson, Fiona McLeod, Fergus Ewing, Colin Campbell, Shona Robison, Andrew Wilson, Nicola Sturgeon, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Michael Russell, Dr Winnie Ewing, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Linda Fabiani, Margaret Smith

S1M-1249.1 Robert Brown: Rector of Glasgow University—As an amendment to motion (S1M-1249) in the name of Ms Sandra White, leave out from "notes" to end and insert "recognises the importance of the independence of Scottish universities, of the academic and student bodies, and of the office of the Rectorship; notes that the Rector is elected by and is accountable to the student body and that Glasgow University Students’ Representative Council, as the student representative body, is taking action on the matter, and deplores the efforts of SNP politicians to interfere in the internal affairs of the University of Glasgow."

S1M-1248 Fiona McLeod: Macmillan Cancer Relief—That the Parliament congratulates Macmillan Cancer Relief on the tenth anniversary of their fundraising event "The Biggest Coffee Morning in the World"; further congratulates them on smashing their own record on 29 September 2000, the tenth anniversary of the first event; recognises the tremendous work that is carried out by doctors, nurses, carers and fundraisers across the country, and pledges to help them in their daily fight against cancer.

Supported by: Mr Kenneth Gibson, Fergus Ewing, Colin Campbell, Tricia Marwick, Shona Robison, Andrew Wilson, Robin Harper, Christine Grahame, Nora Radcliffe, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Ms Sandra White, Donald Gorrie, Michael Russell, Irene McGugan, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Linda Fabiani, Robert Brown, Margaret Smith, Mr David Davidson, Roseanna Cunningham, Mary Scanlon, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Mr Keith Harding*

S1M-1247 Mr Jamie Stone: Youth Hostels—That the Parliament congratulates the Youth Hostels Association and independent youth hostels for the opportunity they bring for many people who travel and welcomes the vital economic benefit which they contribute to the Scottish Tourist industry.

Supported by: Mr Kenneth Gibson, Fiona McLeod, Shona Robison, Andrew Wilson, Robin Harper, Nora Radcliffe, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Donald Gorrie, Linda Fabiani, Robert Brown, Alasdair Morgan, Margaret Smith, Mr David Davidson, Roseanna Cunningham, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Mr Keith Harding*

S1M-1246 Dorothy-Grace Elder: Lord Advocate's Reference in Trident Case—That the Parliament notes the decision of Sheriff Gimblett in October 1999 in the case of the "Trident Women", who were acquitted of causing malicious damage relating to the Trident Missile Programme on the basis that the women’s actions could be regarded as crime prevention through the disarmament of illegal and criminal weapons of mass destruction; further notes that a Lord Advocate’s Reference is being heard on related issues; expresses deep concern that in a case of such substantial public interest, proceedings will not be officially recorded; regrets that, as a consequence, there will be no official transcript available to the public or to the respondents; recognises that this may infringe European human rights law; notes further that the respondents will not be allowed audio recording to assist their own record-keeping in the light of the absence of an official record; questions the use of £100,000 of public money for the Lord Advocate’s Reference hearing, and calls for the official recording of the proceedings to take place.

Supported by: Dennis Canavan, Shona Robison, Nicola Sturgeon, Tommy Sheridan, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Fiona McLeod, Mr John McAllion, Linda Fabiani, Colin Campbell R, Andrew Wilson, Robin Harper, Ms Sandra White, Donald Gorrie, Michael Russell, Brian Adam, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Alex Neil, Margaret Smith

S1M-1245 Tommy Sheridan: Central Aberdeenshire Youth Advice Project—That the Parliament deplores the fact that Aberdeenshire Council has forced the closure of the Central Aberdeenshire Youth Advice Project by refusing a grant of £26,000 on 30 August 2000; recognises that the decision by the council will deny young people aged between 13 and 24, who have used this service for the last four years, the provision of confidential advice, information and support from qualified staff and fully trained volunteers on matters relating to drugs, teenage pregnancies, abortions, sexually transmitted diseases and other issues concerning young people, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to ask Aberdeenshire Council to review this decision urgently in order that services can continue to be provided to the young people affected.

Supported by: Fiona McLeod, Shona Robison, Andrew Wilson, Ms Sandra White

S1M-1244 Colin Campbell: Democracy in Azerbaijan—That the Parliament notes the efforts of those political parties in Azerbaijan which are working for the establishment of genuine democracy, with freedom of speech and fair elections free of corruption; supports those parties in their ongoing struggle, and deplores any measure that denies the electorate the right to vote for the party or individual of their choice.

Supported by: Roseanna Cunningham, Mr Jamie Stone, Tricia Marwick, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Mr Andrew Welsh, Michael Russell, Richard Lochhead, Fiona McLeod, Linda Fabiani, Shona Robison, Andrew Wilson, Robin Harper, Nora Radcliffe, Ms Sandra White, Donald Gorrie, Dr Winnie Ewing, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Alex Neil, Alasdair Morgan, Mr Keith Harding*

S1M-1243# John Scott: SSSI, SPA and SAC Designations—That the Parliament notes and expresses its concern at the significant increase in proposed designations of Sites of Special Scientific Interest, Special Protection Areas and Special Areas of Conservation made during the last year and covering more than 8% of Scotland’s landmass; asks the Scottish Executive to report to Parliament on the scientific basis for these designations; further asks the Executive to report on the findings of any consultations undertaken prior to designation, and believes that this issue should be debated in Parliament before these designations are finalised. R

Supported by: Mr Jamie McGrigor, Michael Russell, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, David Mundell, Bill Aitken, Nick Johnston, John Young, Phil Gallie, Alex Fergusson, Irene McGugan, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Mr David Davidson, Mary Scanlon, Mr Keith Harding*

S1M-1243.1 Robin Harper: SSSI, SPA and SAC Designations—As an amendment to motion (S1M-1243) in the name of John Scott, leave out from "notes" to end and insert "welcomes the significant increase in proposed designation of Sites of Special Scientific Interest, Special Protection Areas (SPAs) and Special Areas of Conservation (SAC) made during the last year under Natura 2000 and covering more than 8% of Scotland’s landmass; notes that the position is modest when compared with, for example, Denmark which has over 22% of its land designated as SPAs and Finland where 14% of its land is proposed as an SAC; asks the Scottish Executive to confirm the scientific basis for these designations, which are selected according to European law; further notes that future European funding will be targeted at such Natura 2000 sites, and therefore regrets the relatively small designation rate in Scotland given our outstanding natural heritage and the opportunity to benefit from such European funding."

Supported by: Mr Kenneth Gibson

S1M-1242# Shona Robison: Community Care Services for Elderly People—That the Parliament notes with concern the loss of 30,000 home care hours since 1998 due to cutbacks in local government funding, making it more difficult for many elderly people to remain living at home; is further concerned about the 10,000 people awaiting an occupational therapy assessment for basic aids and adaptations; recognises the current postcode lottery which elderly people face when trying to access community care services, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to implement fully the recommendations of the report by the Royal Commission into Long Term Care in order to address the concerns about community care expressed by carers, voluntary organisations and elderly people themselves.

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan, Tricia Marwick, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Mr Andrew Welsh, Richard Lochhead, Fiona McLeod, Andrew Wilson, Robin Harper, Christine Grahame, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Ms Sandra White, Michael Russell, Brian Adam, Irene McGugan, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Alex Neil, Alasdair Morgan, Roseanna Cunningham, Mr Duncan Hamilton

S1M-1237 Mr Brian Monteith: British Olympic Success—That the Parliament extends its warmest congratulations to all members of the British Olympic Team, including the Scots in the team, on their success in the Sydney Olympics, winning a total of 28 medals, including eleven gold medals, and achieving a number of personal best performances; recognises that in many cases a contributory factor to the success of British competitors was funding for sports activities from the National Lottery, established by Prime Minister John Major, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to press the Chancellor of the Exchequer to use the ending of the Millennium Fund to return the share of lottery funding directed to sport, art, heritage and culture from its current 16.67% share to the 20% it enjoyed before the creation of the New Opportunities Fund.

Supported by: Alex Fergusson, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Mr Keith Harding, John Young, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Mr David Davidson, Bill Aitken, Ben Wallace, Alex Johnstone, Mr Murray Tosh, Donald Gorrie, Phil Gallie, Margaret Smith, Mary Scanlon

S1M-1236# Ms Sandra White: Glasgow and West Coast of Scotland Rail Infrastructure—That the Parliament agrees that the transport infrastructure of Glasgow and the West Coast of Scotland suffers from the lack of a direct rail link to Glasgow Airport and a Glasgow north/south rail link; notes that these interrelated schemes would bring benefits to all of Scotland, improving the rail accessibility of all parts of the country, and believes that the Scottish Executive should implement plans and make available the necessary funds for the development of these schemes.

Supported by: Mr Andrew Welsh, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Kay Ullrich, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Bruce Crawford, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Nicola Sturgeon, Robert Brown, Linda Fabiani, Tricia Marwick, Andrew Wilson, Robin Harper, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Donald Gorrie, Michael Russell, Fiona McLeod, Dr Winnie Ewing, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Alex Neil

S1M-1235 Angus MacKay: The Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Notification of Authorisations etc.) (Scotland) Order 2000—That the Justice and Home Affairs Committee recommends that the Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Notification of Authorisations etc.) (Scotland) Order 2000 be approved.

S1M-1234 Pauline McNeill: Children's and Maternal Services at Yorkhill—That the Parliament notes Greater Glasgow Health Board’s decision to continue examination of the planning issues concerning future major investment in children’s services, further notes the clinical and structural case for retention of the child and maternal services at their existing site at Yorkhill, and urges the Health Board to invest in developing the existing buildings in order to ensure that the Royal Hospital for Sick Children at Yorkhill retains its unique services at the current site for the next 30 to 40 years.

Supported by: Mr Kenneth Gibson, Robert Brown, Mr Jamie Stone, Andrew Wilson, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Ms Sandra White, Michael Russell, Elaine Smith

S1M-1233# Christine Grahame: Day Care Centres—That the Parliament welcomes the Scottish Executive’s announcement that as many older people as possible should remain in their homes for as long as practicable; recognises the valuable contribution which day care centres throughout Scotland make to continued well being of older people and the insecurity which lack of funding can bring; notes the answer to question S1W-9571 by Iain Gray to Christine Grahame on 18 September 2000 that the Scottish Executive has no plans to make provision of day care services for older people a statutory duty; however, calls upon the Scottish Executive to legislate so that there is a specific statutory duty on local authorities to provide day care services, and further requires that it put in place appropriate funding mechanisms in order that day care centres can continue to provide and develop the services which individuals and local communities find essential to maintaining older people at home.

Supported by: Shona Robison, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Linda Fabiani, Andrew Wilson, Robin Harper, Nora Radcliffe, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Donald Gorrie, Michael Russell, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Fiona McLeod, Brian Adam, Irene McGugan, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Alex Neil, Alasdair Morgan, Margaret Smith, Roseanna Cunningham

S1M-1232# Dorothy-Grace Elder: Scottish Aid for Chinese Mining Disasters—That the Parliament is deeply upset that yet another mining catastrophe occurred in China on 27 September 2000, assures the people and government of China of the humanitarian concern of Scotland’s Parliament, expresses condolences to the families of more than one hundred miners who died in the southern-western Guizhou province; notes with alarm that 2730 Chinese miners died in accidents in mines during the first six months of 2000; calls upon Scottish-based mining safety experts, trade unionists and engineering firms to see if links can be made with the Chinese authorities to improve conditions in Chinese mines to the benefit of humankind and in the spirit of internationalism and ethical trade, and further urges that such persons and bodies get in touch without delay with the proposer, or signatories, of this motion as a first step to this end.

Supported by: Alex Neil, Roseanna Cunningham

S1M-1231 Mr Kenneth Gibson: The Possible Extinction of the Great Apes—That the Parliament notes with alarm the continued destruction of humankind’s closest relatives, the four species of great apes, the bonobo, chimpanzee, gorilla and orang-utan; notes that bonobo numbers alone have halved to 10,000 in only two years, bonobo sharing 98.4% of its DNA with Homo sapiens sapiens; notes that while chimpanzee numbers have plummeted from over two million to less than 180,000 in four decades, three of the five sub-species of gorilla, the Cross River, Bwindi and mountain, number only an estimated 150, 290 and 320 respectively and the two orang-utan sub-species 15,000 in total; is concerned that continued habitat destruction through deforestation, hunting for bushmeat and the pet trade, catching human diseases and fragmentation of habitat into small unsustainable areas could lead to extinction of all twelve sub-species of great ape within a generation; supports the 34 organisations of the Ape Alliance in their attempts to save the great apes, and seeks support from the Scottish Executive in calling upon Her Majesty's Government to increase conservation funding to poor countries, to assess aid projects to ensure they do not harm wildlife and to phase out the import of tropical timber not harvested in an environmentally friendly manner.

Supported by: Fergus Ewing, Bruce Crawford, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Shona Robison, Mr Jamie Stone, Fiona McLeod, Andrew Wilson, Robin Harper, Nora Radcliffe, Ms Sandra White, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Mr Duncan Hamilton

S1M-1230 Nora Radcliffe: Voluntary Organisations for Disabled People—That the Parliament is committed to enabling disabled people to take control of their own lives and supports the work of the many voluntary organisations across Scotland, such as Leonard Cheshire Scotland, who work to break down discriminatory barriers and create opportunities for disabled people, promoting social inclusion.

Supported by: Dorothy-Grace Elder, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Alex Neil, Donald Gorrie, Christine Grahame, Maureen Macmillan, Fiona Hyslop, Shona Robison, Karen Whitefield, Elaine Smith, Trish Godman, Robert Brown, Rhoda Grant, Andrew Wilson, Robin Harper, Ms Sandra White, Michael Russell, Brian Adam, Irene McGugan, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Margaret Smith, Mary Scanlon

S1M-1229# Mr Andrew Welsh: Nuclear Testing Related Illnesses—That the Parliament recognises the possible correlation between participation in the UK’s Nuclear Test Programme in the 1950s and the development of subsequent illnesses; congratulates Dundee University on its progress toward the development of a new diagnostic procedure and management clinic for individuals exposed to injurious amounts of ionising radiation, and supports the University’s attempts to develop a centre of excellence to deal with the health hazards of long term and accidental radiation exposure.

Supported by: Michael Matheson, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Colin Campbell, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Irene McGugan, Tricia Marwick, Alex Neil, Shona Robison, Donald Gorrie, Michael Russell, Brian Adam, Christine Grahame, Fiona Hyslop, Robert Brown, Tommy Sheridan, Ms Sandra White, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Fiona McLeod, Linda Fabiani, Andrew Wilson, Robin Harper, Nora Radcliffe, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Roseanna Cunningham

S1M-1227 Michael Russell: Health Visitors and Community Nurses—That the Parliament commends the dedication of health visitors and community nurses; recognises the difficulties they often face in having to carry heavy equipment some distance from their car to a patient’s home; urges NHS Trusts to compensate them fully for the use of their cars, which are essential to their work, in line with the proposals of the Deals on Wheels Campaign, and urges the Scottish Executive to institute a free parking badge system for community nurses and health visitors when visiting patients.

Supported by: Dorothy-Grace Elder, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Irene McGugan, Tricia Marwick, Alex Neil, Donald Gorrie, Brian Adam, Christine Grahame, Fiona Hyslop, Shona Robison, Nora Radcliffe, Tommy Sheridan, Ms Sandra White, Fiona McLeod, Linda Fabiani, Andrew Wilson, Robin Harper, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Kenny MacAskill

S1M-1226# Shona Robison: 50th Anniversary of the Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees—That the Parliament acknowledges the 50th Anniversary of the Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, which has served as an important protection of refugees throughout the world; recognises that over the years this convention has made an invaluable contribution in setting the standards for the treatment of refugees, including their legal status, employment and welfare, and therefore joins together to acknowledge the pivotal role which the convention has played and to support its continuing role, which is fundamental to the maintenance and development of fair and just national and international refugee law.

Supported by: Linda Fabiani, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Malcolm Chisholm, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Irene McGugan, Tricia Marwick, Alex Neil, Donald Gorrie, Michael Russell, Brian Adam, Christine Grahame, Fiona Hyslop, Elaine Smith, Nora Radcliffe, Robert Brown, Ms Sandra White, Fiona McLeod, Andrew Wilson, Robin Harper, Dr Winnie Ewing, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Margaret Smith, Roseanna Cunningham

S1M-1224# Ms Margo MacDonald: Holyrood Project Ethical Employment Audit—That the Parliament resolves never to convene in a building constructed, finished or fitted out with materials purchased from countries in which conditions of employment and regulations regarding child labour differ markedly from our own in advance of a favourable outcome from an ethical employment audit carried out for the Scottish Parliament.

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan, Alex Neil, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Tricia Marwick, Donald Gorrie, Christine Grahame, Shona Robison, Ms Sandra White, Robin Harper, Mr Kenny MacAskill

S1M-1223 Mr Brian Monteith: Closing the Millennium Dome—That the Parliament welcomes the fact that Ministers of Her Majesty's Government, including the Prime Minister, have now acknowledged that the Millennium Dome has been a financial disaster; notes that, following an initial grant of £399 million, a total of £628 million of public money has now been poured into this failed project, including an extra £43 million contributed in September 2000; recognises that the Minister responsible, Lord Falconer, should resign, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to make urgent representations to Her Majesty's Government to encourage it to move swiftly to close the Dome and have a full public inquiry into the whole of its accounts.

Supported by: Dorothy-Grace Elder, Mr Keith Harding, John Young, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Mr David Davidson, Bill Aitken, Alex Johnstone, Alex Fergusson, Phil Gallie

S1M-1221 Mr Michael McMahon: Steve Redgrave—That the Parliament notes the recent success of British Olympian Steve Redgrave; commends him on becoming the first Olympian to win gold at five successive Games in an endurance event; recognises his personal triumph in the face of illness, and sends warmest congratulations on behalf of the Scottish nation for bringing further sporting success to Britain.

Supported by: Phil Gallie, Irene McGugan, Donald Gorrie, Maureen Macmillan, Mr Brian Monteith, Karen Whitefield, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Trish Godman, Rhoda Grant, Robin Harper, Margaret Smith, Mr David Davidson, Mary Scanlon

S1M-1219# Dr Richard Simpson: Fife and Central Scotland Rail Link—That the Parliament notes the need for improved infrastructure connecting Fife to Central Scotland and supports the reopening of the Stirling, Alloa and Dunfermline rail link with the potential to link to the developing port of Rosyth.

Supported by: Scott Barrie, Dr Sylvia Jackson, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Keith Harding, Bruce Crawford, Donald Gorrie, Maureen Macmillan, Mr David Davidson, Elaine Smith, Nora Radcliffe, Mr Jamie Stone, Rhoda Grant, Tricia Marwick, Robin Harper, Ms Sandra White, Brian Adam, Mr Brian Monteith, Mr George Reid

S1M-1218# Margaret Jamieson: Tinnitus—That the Parliament notes that tinnitus affects around one in ten of the population, including an even higher proportion of older people; further notes that following advances in various therapies to counter its effects a pharmacological solution is now a real possibility, and urges the Scottish Executive to encourage appropriate research to this end by all means at its disposal.

Supported by: Dorothy-Grace Elder, Malcolm Chisholm, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Alex Neil, Donald Gorrie, Michael Russell, Christine Grahame, Maureen Macmillan, Shona Robison, Elaine Smith, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Trish Godman, Nora Radcliffe, Robert Brown, Mr Jamie Stone, Rhoda Grant, Tricia Marwick, Robin Harper, Ms Sandra White, Brian Adam, Mr Duncan McNeil, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Margaret Smith, Mary Scanlon

S1M-1214 Phil Gallie: Deportees and Application of Licence Conditions—That the Parliament urges the Scottish Executive to have talks as soon as possible with the Home Secretary with a view to introducing early legislation that will provide for parole licence conditions to be applied in the UK to UK citizen deportees who have been convicted of offences in other countries and which would demand that licence conditions be applied were the offences committed in the UK.

Supported by: Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Nick Johnston, Dennis Canavan, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Donald Gorrie, Mr Brian Monteith, Mr David Davidson

S1M-1210# Donald Gorrie: Misuse of Alcohol—That the Parliament agrees that everything possible should be done to ensure that alcohol abuse and the issues of health and violence arising from it receive greater attention, and urges the Executive to promote civilised social drinking and to reduce excessive and under age drinking through any means available, including administrative action, publicity, education and legislation.

Supported by: Dorothy-Grace Elder, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Nora Radcliffe, Mr Mike Rumbles, Euan Robson, Robert Brown, Alex Fergusson, Phil Gallie, Nick Johnston, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Alex Neil, Christine Grahame, Maureen Macmillan, Shona Robison, Mr David Davidson, Tavish Scott, Ian Jenkins, Mr Jamie Stone, Mr John Munro, George Lyon, Ms Sandra White, Robin Harper, Ms Margo MacDonald, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Margaret Smith

S1M-1209 Mr Jack McConnell: The Train Operating Companies (Rateable Values) (Scotland) (No2) Order 2000—That the Local Government Committee recommends that the draft Train Operating Companies (Rateable Values) (Scotland) (No 2) Order 2000 be approved.

S1M-1208# Alex Fergusson: Recognition of Pigeon Racing—That the Parliament congratulates the Scottish Homing Union (SHU) on the success of its "Millennium Race" and for drawing entries from all parts of the United Kingdom for this unique and innovative event, and urges sportscotland to give official recognition to the sport of pigeon racing in order to enable the SHU to have access to lottery and other funding for the further development of this traditional activity.

Supported by: Donald Gorrie, Alex Johnstone, Mr Murray Tosh, David Mundell, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Nick Johnston, Phil Gallie, David McLetchie, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Margaret Jamieson, Euan Robson, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, John Scott, Dennis Canavan, Cathy Peattie, Mr Adam Ingram, Karen Whitefield, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Alex Neil, Mr Brian Monteith, Fiona Hyslop, Mr David Davidson, Nora Radcliffe, Mr Jamie Stone, Tricia Marwick, Dr Winnie Ewing, Mary Scanlon

S1M-1207 Nick Johnston: Global Citizenship in 2000 and Beyond—That the Parliament notes the success of the "Global Citizenship in 2000 and Beyond" conference held in Clackmannanshire, congratulates the Rector and staff of Alva Academy on hosting this conference which brought together school children from across Europe and South Africa, and urges the Executive to ensure that this biennial event receives support in bringing together young people from different cultures to share experiences and exchange ideas and their visions for the future.

Supported by: Dorothy-Grace Elder, Alex Fergusson, Mr Keith Harding, David Mundell, Michael Russell, Mr David Davidson, Nora Radcliffe, Andrew Wilson, Robin Harper

S1M-1206# Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: Abercorn Primary School West Lothian—That the Parliament registers its concern about the possible closure of Abercorn Primary School in West Lothian which provides a first class education to its pupils, notes the opposition expressed by the parents to the proposed closure by West Lothian Council and calls upon the Council to keep the school open.

Supported by: David McLetchie, Alex Johnstone, Alex Fergusson, Mr Keith Harding, David Mundell, Fiona Hyslop, John Scott, Nick Johnston, Bill Aitken, Michael Russell, Mr Brian Monteith, Mr David Davidson, Ms Sandra White, Robin Harper, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Phil Gallie, Mary Scanlon

S1M-1204# Mr Keith Harding: Fife Council Education Overspend—That the Parliament expresses its concern over the projected £3.8 million overspend in Fife Council’s education budget and the measures being undertaken to address this situation, which include cutting the budget for secondary schools in the Kingdom and doubling charges to pupils for musical instrument tuition.

Supported by: Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Nick Johnston, Phil Gallie, Alex Fergusson, David McLetchie, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, John Scott, Mr Brian Monteith, Mr David Davidson, Tricia Marwick, Mary Scanlon

S1M-1203# Mary Scanlon: National Eye Week—That the Parliament welcomes National Eye Week, beginning on 25 September, as a means of highlighting the importance of regular eye examinations and improving visual healthcare, particularly among the elderly, who are susceptible to macular degeneration; notes that more than nine out of ten primary eye examinations in Scotland are carried out by optometrists in the community; draws attention to the increasing partnership between ophthalmologists, general medical practitioners and optometrists in the co-management of eye diseases such as cataract, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy; notes that such diseases can be ameliorated, provided that they are detected and treated early, and urges health boards and local healthcare co-operatives to devote sufficient resources to ensure that such co-management schemes are available in localities across the whole of Scotland.

Supported by: Alex Johnstone, Mr David Davidson, David Mundell, Mr Brian Monteith, David McLetchie, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Donald Gorrie, Alex Fergusson, Mr Keith Harding, Nora Radcliffe, Robert Brown, Phil Gallie, Nick Johnston, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Christine Grahame, Mr Jamie Stone, Robin Harper, Ms Sandra White, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Margaret Smith

S1M-1202 Mr Kenneth Gibson: Council Tax Collection—That the Parliament notes the content of Citizens Advice Scotland’s report Won’t Pay or Can’t Pay – The Real Cost of Scotland’s Council Tax Debt; is aware that administrative problems, such as delays in processing forms or sending out bills, billing errors and over-complicated forms result in a debt crisis for those on low incomes; realises that lack of communication between local authority departments and other agencies leads to delays in people receiving their entitlement to council tax benefit despite receiving related benefits such as housing benefit or income support; is concerned that the process of proceeding straight to formal debt collection without prior negotiation only increases overall indebtedness, making it harder for the debtor to make reasonable and affordable repayment plans; seeks from the Scottish Executive a commitment to work with local authorities to identify practical ways of preventing council debt occurring as a result of their own administrative processes, looking in particular at the ability to pay and the development of corporate debt strategies that will not make an individual’s debt worse, and calls for a debate on why many Scots are unable, rather than unwilling, to pay council tax debt.

Supported by: Dorothy-Grace Elder, Donald Gorrie, Irene McGugan, Fiona McLeod, Alex Neil, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Tricia Marwick, Michael Russell, Brian Adam, Christine Grahame, Fiona Hyslop, Shona Robison, Ms Sandra White, Andrew Wilson, Robin Harper, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Mr Kenny MacAskill

S1M-1202.1 Tommy Sheridan: Council Tax Collection—As an amendment to motion (S1M-1202) in the name of Mr Kenneth Gibson, insert at end " and further calls upon the Scottish Executive to abolish the discredited and deeply unfair council tax and replace it with the income-based local government tax, the Scottish Service Tax."

S1M-1201 Nick Johnston: Business AM—That the Parliament congratulates Business AM on its first edition and, in welcoming this new paper, applauds the extension of choice for newspaper readers in Scotland.

Supported by: Mr Brian Monteith, David Mundell, Fergus Ewing, Alex Fergusson, Euan Robson, Cathy Peattie, Phil Gallie, Mr Adam Ingram, Alex Neil, Michael Russell, Brian Adam, Christine Grahame, Tricia Marwick, Andrew Wilson, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Mary Scanlon

S1M-1200 Nick Johnston: British American Tobacco—That the Parliament notes with alarm the allegations made on 20 September 2000 on Good Morning Scotland that British American Tobacco marketing teams have been targeting children in Africa by offering them free cigarettes, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to press the relevant departments of Her Majesty’s Government to bring pressure to bear on tobacco companies to cease this abhorrent practice and to support the move towards international regulation of tobacco marketing.

Supported by: David Mundell, Tommy Sheridan, Donald Gorrie, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Robert Brown, Cathy Peattie, Phil Gallie, Mr Adam Ingram, Alex Neil, Brian Adam, Christine Grahame, Shona Robison, Mr David Davidson, Nora Radcliffe, Robin Harper, Ms Sandra White, Mary Scanlon

S1M-1199# Pauline McNeill: Breast Cancer Awareness—That the Parliament notes that October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and undertakes to do all it can to raise awareness of breast cancer throughout Scotland during this period.

Supported by: David Mundell, Tommy Sheridan, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Donald Gorrie, Trish Godman, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Irene McGugan, Mr Keith Harding, Des McNulty, Nora Radcliffe, Tavish Scott, Fiona McLeod, Alex Neil, Margaret Jamieson, Robert Brown, Cathy Peattie, Phil Gallie, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Mr Adam Ingram, Malcolm Chisholm, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Michael Russell, Christine Grahame, Maureen Macmillan, Fiona Hyslop, Shona Robison, Karen Whitefield, Mr David Davidson, Elaine Smith, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Ms Sandra White, Rhoda Grant, Tricia Marwick, Andrew Wilson, Robin Harper, Ms Margo MacDonald, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Margaret Smith, Mary Scanlon

S1M-1198# Nick Johnston: Job Losses at Inveresk Group—That the Parliament calls the attention of the Scottish Ministers to job losses at Inveresk Group in Inverkeithing and Alloa and believes that the Scottish Executive Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Department should take action to ensure the continued operation of the paper making industry in Scotland.

Supported by: Mr Keith Harding, Mr Brian Monteith, David Mundell, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Donald Gorrie, Alex Fergusson, David McLetchie, Phil Gallie, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Bruce Crawford, Mr David Davidson, Nora Radcliffe, Tricia Marwick, Robin Harper, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Mary Scanlon

S1M-1194 Phil Gallie: Summary Warrants—That the Parliament condemns South Ayrshire Council for serving Summary Warrants on Council Tax payers, particularly those who are elderly, disabled and vulnerable, for being nothing other than a few days late in making their regular monthly payments.

Supported by: John Scott, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Alex Neil, Mr Brian Monteith, Michael Russell, Christine Grahame, Ms Sandra White

S1M-1194.1 Tommy Sheridan: Summary Warrants—As an amendment to motion (S1M-1194) in the name of Phil Gallie, insert at end "hopes that the Conservative group of MSPs will now reverse their opposition to the abolition of poindings and warrant sales and believes that poindings and warrant sales should be scrapped by 1 April 2001."

Supported by: Alex Neil, Mr Adam Ingram, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Michael Russell, Brian Adam, Christine Grahame, Mr Kenny MacAskill

S1M-1193 Mr Keith Harding: Local Government Strike Action—That the Parliament expresses its concern over the continued strike action due to a dispute over pay affecting local government services and notes that enough money would be available to meet wage demands if Her Majesty’s Government had not abolished advance corporation tax credit for pension funds in July 1997, a change which is costing Scottish councils £20.5 million each year, and if Scottish local authorities were to improve their council tax collection rates so that they were on a par with their counterparts south of the border, which would generate an extra £70 million each year.

Supported by: Mr Brian Monteith, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Alex Johnstone, Mr Murray Tosh, Phil Gallie, Alex Fergusson, David McLetchie, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, John Scott, Nick Johnston, Mary Scanlon

S1M-1192 Mr Murray Tosh: Report by the Auditor General into the Holyrood Project—That the Parliament notes the report by the Auditor General for Scotland, Robert Black, The new Scottish Parliament building – An examination of the management of the Holyrood project, and calls upon the Parliamentary Bureau to timetable an immediate session of oral questions to the Presiding Officer to allow MSPs to exercise appropriate scrutiny of the Holyrood Project and to timetable further sessions as and when required during the remainder of the procurement period.

Supported by: Roseanna Cunningham, Alex Fergusson, Mr Brian Monteith, David Mundell, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Donald Gorrie, John Scott, Mr Keith Harding, David McLetchie, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Phil Gallie, Mr David Davidson, Nora Radcliffe, Ms Margo MacDonald, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Mary Scanlon

S1M-1191# Shona Robison: Eniola Adewale—That the Parliament notes with concern the refusal by the Home Office to approve asylum status for Nigerian refugee Eniola Adewale given that the Home Secretary, Jack Straw, is unable to guarantee Mr Adewale’s safety if he returns to Nigeria; recognises the evidence presented to MSPs in June by Mr Adewale and others on their experience as refugees in Scotland; deplores any influence that this evidence may have had on the outcome of Mr Adewale’s asylum application, and supports the campaign to prevent the deportation of Mr Adewale after his appeal hearing of 23 September.

Supported by: Malcolm Chisholm, Fiona Hyslop, Ms Sandra White, Linda Fabiani, Tommy Sheridan, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Donald Gorrie, Fergus Ewing, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Irene McGugan, Andrew Wilson, Nora Radcliffe, Fiona McLeod, Robert Brown, Tricia Marwick, Alex Neil, Michael Russell, Elaine Smith, Robin Harper, Ms Margo MacDonald

S1M-1190 Mr Lloyd Quinan: CAB Inverclyde—That the Parliament congratulates Citizens Advice Scotland on their plans for a Citizens Advice Bureau to be developed in Inverclyde, in co-operation and collaboration with all other existing services, with the key aim of improving social inclusion opportunities throughout the community of Inverclyde.

Supported by: Fiona McLeod, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Fergus Ewing, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Andrew Wilson, Alex Neil, Kay Ullrich, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Robert Brown, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Gil Paterson, Tricia Marwick, Brian Adam, Christine Grahame, Fiona Hyslop, Shona Robison, Ms Sandra White, Robin Harper, Dr Winnie Ewing, Mr Kenny MacAskill

S1M-1189# Mr Adam Ingram: Mental Health Carers—That the Parliament congratulates Trust: A Carers Connection on its campaigning for the rights of carers of the mentally ill in Ayrshire; recognises the specific needs of these carers; believes that the rights of carers of people with mental illness should be at least the same as those of other carers, particularly in relation to consultation over care issues concerning the patient, and acknowledges the invaluable work carried out by these carers.

Supported by: Dorothy-Grace Elder, Ms Sandra White, Tommy Sheridan, Fiona McLeod, Christine Grahame, David Mundell, Michael Russell, Fiona Hyslop, Donald Gorrie, Shona Robison, Fergus Ewing, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Irene McGugan, Andrew Wilson, Phil Gallie, Alex Neil, Mr Jamie McGrigor, John Scott, Roseanna Cunningham, Mr Gil Paterson, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Mr David Davidson, Nora Radcliffe, Mary Scanlon, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Tricia Marwick, Robin Harper, Ms Margo MacDonald, Dr Winnie Ewing, Ian Jenkins, Mr Kenny MacAskill

S1M-1188# Mrs Mary Mulligan: Sydney Paralympics and Olympic Games—That the Parliament congratulates the Scottish Paralympians and Olympians on their success at the being selected for the Sydney games and congratulates the teams on their success in Australia.

Supported by: David Mundell, Shona Robison, Pauline McNeill, Donald Gorrie, Trish Godman, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Nora Radcliffe, Fiona McLeod, Mr Brian Monteith, Margaret Jamieson, Cathy Peattie, Mr Gil Paterson, Alex Neil, Michael Russell, Brian Adam, Maureen Macmillan, Dr Sylvia Jackson, Irene McGugan, Karen Whitefield, Mr David Davidson, Tricia Marwick, Mr Jamie Stone, Ms Sandra White, Hugh Henry, Allan Wilson, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Mr Duncan McNeil, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Rhoda Grant, Mike Watson, Mr Kenny MacAskill

S1M-1187 Linda Fabiani: Third World Debt—That the Parliament notes the sentiment of motion S1M-1154; further notes that the world’s most powerful leaders have failed to deliver on promises of debt cancellation made at last year’s summit in Cologne, and urges the creditors at the International Monetary Fund and World Bank meetings in Prague during September 2000 to agree to stop taking payments from the poorest countries immediately, to commit to the cancellation of 100% of the debt of all the poorest countries by their creditors and to set in process a fair and transparent new mechanism for dealing with debt and lending.

Supported by: Michael Matheson, Roseanna Cunningham, Andrew Wilson, Mr Andrew Welsh, Ms Sandra White, Colin Campbell, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Bruce Crawford, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Kay Ullrich, Christine Grahame, Fiona McLeod, Alex Neil, Tricia Marwick, Mr John Swinney, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Mr Gil Paterson, Alasdair Morgan, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Michael Russell, Fiona Hyslop, Shona Robison, Robin Harper, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Irene McGugan, Brian Adam, Robert Brown, Donald Gorrie, Fergus Ewing, Cathy Peattie, Phil Gallie, Mr Adam Ingram, Nora Radcliffe, Mr Jamie Stone, Richard Lochhead, Ms Margo MacDonald, Nicola Sturgeon

S1M-1186 Ben Wallace: Orderly Conduct of Fuel Protestors—That the Parliament commends the hauliers and farmers who have recently protested at Grangemouth and elsewhere in Scotland about fuel taxes for the orderly and responsible conduct of their protests and urges Her Majesty’s Government to address the concerns that have been expressed as a matter of priority.

Supported by: Dorothy-Grace Elder, Alex Johnstone, David Mundell, Mr David Davidson, Fergus Ewing, Alex Fergusson, Phil Gallie, Nick Johnston, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Brian Adam, Mary Scanlon

S1M-1183 Tommy Sheridan: Eniola Adewale—That the Parliament believes that the recent removal of Nigerian asylum seeker Eniola Adewale to Leicester and the subsequent rejection of his application for asylum was due to the fact that he has consistently campaigned in Scotland for decent living conditions for asylum seekers and against the climate of racism, abuse and ignorance confronting asylum seekers; believes that the treatment Eniola has received amounts to an abuse of human rights and his freedom of expression and an abuse of Scottish hospitality; calls upon the Home Secretary to revoke his rejection of Eniola Adewale’s application for asylum immediately on the grounds that his deportation to Nigeria constitutes a grave risk to his life and liberty, and agrees to support Eniola’s appeal against deportation.

Supported by: Dorothy-Grace Elder, Pauline McNeill, Nora Radcliffe, Alex Neil, Elaine Smith

S1M-1182# Johann Lamont: Erection of Mobile Phone Mast in Traquair Drive, Glasgow—That the Parliament supports the efforts of the residents of Traquair Drive in the Glasgow Pollok constituency to get British Telecom to stop work on the erection of a mobile phone mast on the BT building in Traquair Drive until meaningful consultation with local residents is carried out; believes that such consultation should address the serious concerns of local people about the health risks, particularly to children, posed by such a mast; notes the inadequacy of current legislation in this area, and requests the Scottish Executive to bring forward changes to this legislation as a matter of urgency.

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Malcolm Chisholm, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Ms Sandra White, Pauline McNeill, Robert Brown, Donald Gorrie, Trish Godman, Des McNulty, Maureen Macmillan, Elaine Smith, Nora Radcliffe, Mr Jamie Stone, Rhoda Grant, Robin Harper, Mr Kenny MacAskill

S1M-1181 Nick Johnston: Transport Policy Adding Costs to Business—That the Parliament notes that the Scottish Executive’s transport policy is adding excessive costs to businesses, is failing to move heavy loads on to rail and is causing major damage to the road network.

Supported by: David Mundell, Alex Fergusson, Mr David Davidson, David McLetchie, Mr Brian Monteith, Mary Scanlon

S1M-1179 Christine Grahame: Barlinnie and Overcrowding—That the Parliament notes the evidence of Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Prisons for Scotland to the Justice and Home Affairs Committee on 11 September 2000 in speaking to his Annual Report, further notes his concerns regarding Barlinnie Prison, namely the highest level of overcrowding in Scotland (currently 17.5%), the conditions for prisoners on remand, the further 12 month postponement of the end of "slopping out", and the failure to reopen "B" Hall, itself half the size of some prisons in Scotland; acknowledges his view that "For reasons of safety and decency there must be change. The problems at Barlinnie have gone on for long enough", and therefore calls upon the Scottish Executive as a matter of urgency to respond to his concerns.

Supported by: Mr Kenneth Gibson, Linda Fabiani, Fiona McLeod, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Andrew Wilson, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Ms Sandra White, Tommy Sheridan, Michael Russell, Fiona Hyslop, Shona Robison, Robin Harper, Donald Gorrie, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Alex Neil, Phil Gallie, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Gil Paterson, Tricia Marwick, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Mr Kenny MacAskill

S1M-1174# Fiona Hyslop: Prevention of Home Accidents—That the Parliament recognises that approximately 272 deaths in Scotland were as a result of accidents in the home in 1999; recognises that there is a need for a Home Safety Act which places statutory duty on local authorities to investigate accidents within their areas and provide a reasonable level of soundly based education and advice for the public, and considers that it is essential that this duty is properly funded in relation to the accident cost borne by the public purse in each area.

Supported by: Tricia Marwick, Alex Neil, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Christine Grahame, Shona Robison, Linda Fabiani, Ms Margo MacDonald, Fiona McLeod, Andrew Wilson, Ms Sandra White, Michael Russell, Robin Harper, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Robert Brown, Donald Gorrie, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Nora Radcliffe, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Kenny MacAskill

S1M-1173 Maureen Macmillan: Prostate Cancer Awareness Week—That the Parliament notes that 11 to 16 September 2000 is Prostate Cancer Awareness Week and recognises the important contribution made by voluntary groups who seek to make people aware of the dangers of prostate cancer.

Supported by: Dorothy-Grace Elder, Shona Robison, Linda Fabiani, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Trish Godman, Mr Keith Harding, Andrew Wilson, Ms Sandra White, David Mundell, Michael Russell, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Pauline McNeill, Donald Gorrie, Dr Richard Simpson, Des McNulty, Nora Radcliffe, Alex Neil, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Dennis Canavan, Karen Whitefield, Mr Jamie Stone, Fiona McLeod, Rhoda Grant, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Mary Scanlon

S1M-1172 Donald Gorrie: Democratic Accountability of Non-Departmental Public Bodies—That the Parliament invites the Parliamentary Bureau to arrange for a full debate and vote on a motion that the Parliament should set up a thorough enquiry into how to make Non-Departmental Public Bodies democratically accountable.

Supported by: Fergus Ewing, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Dr Winnie Ewing, Christine Grahame, Shona Robison, Linda Fabiani, Mike Watson, Mr Andrew Welsh, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Mr John Munro, Andrew Wilson, Ms Sandra White, Robin Harper, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Robert Brown, David Mundell, Nora Radcliffe, Tavish Scott, Alex Neil, Euan Robson, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Mike Rumbles, Ian Jenkins, Mr Jamie Stone, Fiona McLeod, Ms Margo MacDonald, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Margaret Smith, Mary Scanlon

S1M-1171# Alex Fergusson: Waiver of Groundwater Maintenance Charge—That the Parliament notes that the annual groundwater maintenance charge has been waived for sheep farmers in England and Wales and believes that the Scottish Environment Protection Agency should waive its charge in order to eliminate the competitive disadvantage which is currently borne by Scotland’s farmers. R

Supported by: Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Bill Aitken, David McLetchie, John Scott, Mr Murray Tosh, David Mundell, Phil Gallie, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Nick Johnston, Dr Winnie Ewing, Alex Johnstone, George Lyon, Mr Brian Monteith, Mr Keith Harding, Christine Grahame, Mr David Davidson, Nora Radcliffe, Tavish Scott, Alasdair Morgan, Euan Robson, Mr Adam Ingram, Ms Sandra White, Richard Lochhead, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Mary Scanlon

S1M-1170# Richard Lochhead: Assisting the Fishing Industry with Fuel Costs—That the Parliament requests the Scottish Executive to publish urgently a package of funded measures to assist the fishing industry in the North-East and throughout Scotland to cope with fuel costs which have risen in recent months; notes that the catching sector is fuel dependent and therefore disproportionately disadvantaged; recognises that the impact on the sector is particularly widespread given that the wages of share fishermen are suffering as a result of the rise in fuel costs, and further urges Ministers to convene a meeting of the oil companies, energy experts and industry representatives to explore ways in which the industry can be assisted.

Supported by: Brian Adam, Shona Robison, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Christine Grahame, Linda Fabiani, Andrew Wilson, Ms Sandra White, Fiona McLeod, Michael Russell, Fiona Hyslop, Irene McGugan, Alex Neil, Mr Kenny MacAskill

S1M-1169 Tommy Sheridan: Provision of Beta Interferon to MS Sufferers—That the Parliament calls upon the Minister for Health and Community Care to ensure that beta interferon is made available on the NHS to MS sufferers all over Scotland in order to provide them with the highest levels of MS care.

Supported by: Shona Robison, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Christine Grahame, Andrew Wilson, Ms Sandra White, Michael Russell, Donald Gorrie, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Alex Neil, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Elaine Smith, Fiona McLeod, Tricia Marwick, Robin Harper, Ms Margo MacDonald

S1M-1168 Mr Lloyd Quinan: MMR Vaccine and Autism—That the Parliament notes the new evidence from Professor Vijendra Singh of Utah State University linking the combined measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine with the increase in cases of Autistic Spectrum Disorder, and in the light of this evidence, calls for a moratorium on the use of the MMR combined vaccine and the provision of sufficient supplies of the single vaccinations to meet requirements.

Supported by: Mrs Margaret Ewing, Bruce Crawford, Shona Robison, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Adam Ingram, Tricia Marwick, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Dr Winnie Ewing, Christine Grahame, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Elaine Smith, Andrew Wilson, Ms Sandra White, Tommy Sheridan, Robin Harper, Irene McGugan, Alex Neil, Fiona McLeod

S1M-1162 David Mundell: Exam Crisis—That the Parliament recognises the enormous effort to date put in by teachers, headteachers and school office staff across Scotland to help and support pupils following this summer’s exam crisis and offers its thanks to all those involved.

Supported by: Mr Murray Tosh, Phil Gallie, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Mr Brian Monteith, Alex Fergusson, Mr Keith Harding, Mr David Davidson, Nick Johnston, John Scott, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Donald Gorrie, Des McNulty, Nora Radcliffe, David McLetchie, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Tricia Marwick, Mary Scanlon

S1M-1161# Mr Kenneth Gibson: Trafficking of Women—That the Parliament expresses its deep concern at the trafficking of an estimated 300,000 young women into Central Europe and the European Union (EU) each year; is alarmed that hundreds of these women are murdered and thousands are coerced into debt bondage and prostitution; notes that false promises of legitimate employment and a better life are used by smuggling gangs to lure women from communities submerged in desperate poverty; calls for a common penalty for trafficking to be adopted across the EU; recognises the need to provide additional resources for the United Nations body The International Organisation for Migration for its campaign to educate women and girls on the risks of trafficking and to provide medical and psychiatric help, witness protection and safe houses for those fleeing pimps, and acknowledges that the problem of trafficking can only be solved by addressing the disproportionate impact of poverty on women in the former Soviet Union which feeds the supply of this traffic in human misery.

Supported by: Shona Robison, Fiona McLeod, Fergus Ewing, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Donald Gorrie, Irene McGugan, Christine Grahame, Tricia Marwick, Andrew Wilson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Colin Campbell, Michael Russell, Linda Fabiani, Tommy Sheridan, Ms Margo MacDonald, Mr Adam Ingram, Ms Sandra White, Nora Radcliffe, Alex Neil, Phil Gallie, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Kenny MacAskill

S1M-1160# Elaine Smith: Permitted Telecommunications Developments—That the Parliament expresses its concern over the proliferation of "permitted development" notices which local authorities have received on behalf of telecommunications companies since the report of the Transport and the Environment Committee on telecommunications developments; views the inability of local authorities to control the siting of these "permitted developments" as a temporary loophole in the planning process and asks that the telecommunications companies involved, specifically those who have served notices to erect three masts near Stepps Primary School in the Coatbridge & Chryston constituency, conduct meaningful consultation with the local communities affected on the siting of these masts and, where agreement cannot be reached, impose a voluntary moratorium on their siting until such times as new planning legislation is brought forward.

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan, Fergus Ewing, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Donald Gorrie, Christine Grahame, Rhoda Grant, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Michael Russell, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Johann Lamont, Linda Fabiani, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Trish Godman, Dr Sylvia Jackson, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Malcolm Chisholm, Ms Sandra White, Fiona Hyslop, Pauline McNeill, Dr Richard Simpson, Nora Radcliffe, Tavish Scott, Alex Neil, Margaret Jamieson, Euan Robson, Mr Gil Paterson, Maureen Macmillan, Robin Harper, Mr Kenny MacAskill

S1M-1156# Tavish Scott: Common Fisheries Policy Reform and Zonal Management—That the Parliament recognises the importance to Shetland of its fishing industry which supports vital employment in the fish catching, processing and ancillary sectors; notes that to provide a stable future a complete review of fisheries conservation and management policies is urgently needed, and commends to the Scottish Executive the proposals for zonal management put forward by the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation.

Supported by: Donald Gorrie, Nora Radcliffe, Euan Robson, Mr Jamie Stone

S1M-1155 Michael Russell: Greenwich Dome—That the Parliament condemns the profligate waste of public money on the Greenwich Dome; calls upon the Scottish Executive to make urgent representations to Her Majesty's Government and the National Lottery authorities in support of an immediate moratorium on any future funding and the immediate closure of the Dome, and notes that this ill conceived and wasteful project has been constantly opposed by the majority of Scots since its inception and that the effect of its vast lottery funding has been to cruelly deprive numerous good causes of desperately needed financial support.

Supported by: Shona Robison, Fiona McLeod, Tommy Sheridan, Fergus Ewing, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Donald Gorrie, Irene McGugan, Christine Grahame, Tricia Marwick, Brian Adam, Andrew Wilson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Colin Campbell, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Linda Fabiani, Mr Andrew Welsh, Ms Sandra White, Fiona Hyslop, Alex Neil, Alasdair Morgan, Mr Kenny MacAskill

S1M-1154 Des McNulty: Third World Debt—That the Parliament notes the widespread support amongst the people of Scotland for the Jubilee 2000 Campaign to cancel unpayable Third World Debt; appreciates that the Chancellor of the Exchequer and the Secretary of State for International Development have led the way in moves for debt relief, and urges the international community to set an accelerated timetable at the IMF/World Bank meeting in Prague for releasing the world’s heavily indebted poor countries from the burden of debt repayments, while ensuring that the benefits of debt relief reach the poor.

Supported by: Mike Watson, Helen Eadie, Marilyn Livingstone, Dr Sylvia Jackson, Trish Godman, Hugh Henry, Bristow Muldoon, Robin Harper, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Donald Gorrie, Christine Grahame, Rhoda Grant, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Fiona Hyslop, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Mr Duncan McNeil, Dr Elaine Murray, Cathy Jamieson, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Robert Brown, Scott Barrie, Mr Michael McMahon, Ms Margaret Curran, Johann Lamont, Mr George Reid, Pauline McNeill, Dr Winnie Ewing, Tommy Sheridan, Tricia Marwick, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Elaine Smith, Cathy Peattie, Ian Jenkins, Malcolm Chisholm, Maureen Macmillan, Euan Robson, Dennis Canavan, Mr John McAllion, Tavish Scott, George Lyon, Irene McGugan, Dr Richard Simpson, Nora Radcliffe, Mr Mike Rumbles, Alex Neil, Margaret Jamieson, Allan Wilson, Lewis Macdonald, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Karen Whitefield, Mr Murray Tosh, Elaine Thomson, Fiona McLeod, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Mary Scanlon

S1M-1154.1 Phil Gallie: Third World Debt—As an amendment to motion (S1M-1154) in the name of Des McNulty, leave out "led" and insert "continued the good work commenced by the last Government in leading".

Supported by: John Scott, David Mundell, David McLetchie, Mr David Davidson, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton

S1M-1153# Bruce Crawford: Gulf War Related Illnesses—That the Parliament notes the continuing concern being expressed by veterans of the Gulf War that multiple vaccines given to Gulf War troops, oil-fire related pollution, depleted uranium used in shells and possible pollution from destroyed Iraqi chemical and biological weapon sites may be responsible for the illnesses known as Gulf War related illnesses; further notes the evidence from the British Medical Journal and research undertaken by the Gulf War Research Unit at Kings College, London to this effect, and asks the Scottish Executive to ensure that each NHS health board, Trust and local authority is provided with appropriate advice and guidance recognising the existence of the "related illnesses" and instructing them to ensure that proper and adequate resources are allocated to improving the quality of life for those Gulf War veterans who are affected by Gulf War related illnesses.

Supported by: Shona Robison, Fiona McLeod, Tommy Sheridan, Fergus Ewing, Bruce Crawford, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Donald Gorrie, Irene McGugan, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Christine Grahame, Brian Adam, Andrew Wilson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Colin Campbell, Michael Russell, Mr Andrew Welsh, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Robert Brown, Linda Fabiani, Ms Sandra White, Fiona Hyslop, Nora Radcliffe, Alex Neil, Tricia Marwick, Robin Harper, Mr Kenny MacAskill

S1M-1152# Mr Kenneth Gibson: Ending EU Tobacco Subsidies—That the Parliament condemns the continuing European Union (EU) subsidy of some £800 million annually to tobacco growers; notes that this is in stark contrast to the tiny sums spent on EU smoking prevention initiatives of £1.2 million per annum; believes that EU tobacco subsidies are a gross misuse of public funds and reflect a fundamental contradiction to EU public health policy; notes that tobacco subsidies have failed in their original intention of encouraging farmers to grow commercially valued varieties of tobacco and thus reduce imports, as EU grown tobacco is of poor quality and low commercial value; recognises that almost all EU grown tobacco is exported to Central and Eastern Europe and developing countries where there are insufficient controls on tar content; notes that 10-20 million people could be fed by food crops grown instead of tobacco, and believes that the EU should begin a phased removal of all tobacco subsidies, using the money thus saved to give farmers direct income support while encouraging crop diversification, early retirement and other safety net schemes.

Supported by: Christine Grahame, Robin Harper, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Bruce Crawford, Bristow Muldoon, Donald Gorrie, Tricia Marwick, Brian Adam, Andrew Wilson, Dr Richard Simpson, Colin Campbell, Robert Brown, Tommy Sheridan, Ms Sandra White, Fiona McLeod, Mr Brian Monteith, Fergus Ewing, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Des McNulty, Tavish Scott, Alex Neil, Alasdair Morgan, Maureen Macmillan, Mr Kenny MacAskill

S1M-1150# Donald Gorrie: 0345 Phone Number for the Parliament—That the Parliament, in order to give people throughout Scotland access to it by telephone at the same local call charge, considers that the existence of its 0845 number as an option for phoning its exchange should be publicised more vigorously, and requests the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body to examine whether the Parliament should go over to an 0345 or 0845 number so that all calls to it are at the local call rate.

Supported by: Shona Robison, Fergus Ewing, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Robin Harper, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Irene McGugan, Christine Grahame, Andrew Wilson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Michael Russell, Tommy Sheridan, Ms Margo MacDonald, Mr Adam Ingram, Ms Sandra White, David Mundell, Nora Radcliffe, Tavish Scott, Euan Robson, Mr Gil Paterson, Ben Wallace, Maureen Macmillan, Mr Jamie Stone, Fiona McLeod, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Mary Scanlon

S1M-1146 Mr Alex Salmond: School Transport in Aberdeenshire—That the Parliament supports the efforts of action groups established by parents across Aberdeenshire in response to the decision by the Liberal Democrat/Independent council administration to withdraw free school transport in certain areas; condemns the disgraceful decision by the Liberal Democrat/Independent administration which will see children’s lives put at risk due to the lack of safe routes to school; deplores the council’s use of police resources to collect bus fares from children who, in many instances, genuinely cannot afford the fares, and calls upon the Liberal Democrat council leader to reverse this ill-conceived decision.

Supported by: Kay Ullrich, Richard Lochhead, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Bruce Crawford, Mr Andrew Welsh, Shona Robison, Fiona McLeod, Tommy Sheridan, Fergus Ewing, Dr Winnie Ewing, Tricia Marwick, Irene McGugan, Brian Adam, Andrew Wilson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Colin Campbell, Michael Russell, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Ms Sandra White, Fiona Hyslop, Mr Kenny MacAskill

S1M-1144 Fiona McLeod: Scottish Rugby Union—That the Parliament recognises the extensive consultation carried out by the Scottish Rugby Union; commends them on their new pricing structure for the autumn test season which includes free tickets for under 18’s and students and supports them in their endeavours to bring rugby to the young people of Scotland.

Supported by: Dorothy-Grace Elder, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Richard Lochhead, Shona Robison, Ms Sandra White, Christine Grahame, Tricia Marwick, Andrew Wilson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Colin Campbell, Michael Russell, Tommy Sheridan, Fergus Ewing, Des McNulty, Nora Radcliffe, Mr Kenny MacAskill

S1M-1143 Mr Kenneth Gibson: Human Rights in Myanmar—That the Parliament expresses its opposition to the continuing restrictions in movement imposed on Myanmar opposition leader, Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi; calls upon the Myanmar military regime to open a dialogue with the National League for Democratic Forces and national minorities and demands full restoration of democracy, human and political rights in Myanmar.

Supported by: Mr John Swinney, Tricia Marwick, Michael Matheson, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Bruce Crawford, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Donald Gorrie, Linda Fabiani, Tommy Sheridan, Alex Neil, Richard Lochhead, Shona Robison, Fiona McLeod, Ms Sandra White, Andrew Wilson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Fiona Hyslop, Colin Campbell, Michael Russell, Robert Brown, Ms Margo MacDonald, Fergus Ewing, Nora Radcliffe, Mr Kenny MacAskill

S1M-1142 Nora Radcliffe: Planning and Telecommunications Developments—That the Parliament notes the imminent consultation paper by the Scottish Executive on planning and telecommunications developments; welcomes the proposal for full planning control of all new ground-based phone masts; regrets that such planning controls cannot currently be applied retrospectively; notes that in the interim a larger than usual number of notices for erection of such masts are being lodged with local authorities and, if full planning control is accepted, calls upon the Executive to legislate to allow retrospective planning control from the date on which the consultation paper is published.

Supported by: Donald Gorrie, Mr Jamie Stone, Cathie Craigie, Fergus Ewing, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Richard Lochhead, Elaine Smith, Tavish Scott, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Bruce Crawford, Irene McGugan, Christine Grahame, Brian Adam, Andrew Wilson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Michael Russell, Robert Brown, Tommy Sheridan, Trish Godman, Dr Sylvia Jackson, Ms Margo MacDonald, Ms Sandra White, Fiona McLeod, Pauline McNeill, Cathy Jamieson, Dr Richard Simpson, Euan Robson

S1M-1142.1 Linda Fabiani: Planning and Telecommunications—As an amendment to motion (S1M-1142) in the name of Nora Radcliffe, insert after first "masts" "invites confirmation that the Executive’s proposals will also include full planning controls for major telecommunications development on existing buildings currently deemed to be permitted development;"

Supported by: Nicola Sturgeon, Robin Harper, Roseanna Cunningham, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Ms Sandra White, Fiona McLeod, Mr Kenny MacAskill

S1M-1141# Richard Lochhead: GM Technology—That the Parliament recognises the level of public concern which exists in relation to GM technology as applied to agriculture and the urgent requirement for informed debate both within and outwith Parliament in order that the full facts surrounding the issue may be made available to the general public and policy-makers alike in an open, transparent and accessible fashion and calls on the Scottish Executive to consult with the appropriate parliamentary committee with a view to establishing an external inquiry into GM technology as applied to agriculture, charged with identifying the relevant threats and opportunities, and investigating the role of the Parliament, the remit of the Executive and other relevant bodies and committees in Scotland in relation to GM technology.

Supported by: Dorothy-Grace Elder, Shona Robison, Fiona McLeod, Ms Sandra White, Robin Harper, Irene McGugan, Christine Grahame, Mr John Munro, Tricia Marwick, Brian Adam, Andrew Wilson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Michael Russell, Linda Fabiani, Tommy Sheridan, Fergus Ewing, Nora Radcliffe, Mr Kenny MacAskill

S1M-1139# Dorothy-Grace Elder: Bullying of Public Sector Workers—That the Parliament deplores all forms of bullying and intimidation by managers of public sector workers, including NHS staff and local government workers, and unfair practices against workers, including harassment by severe disciplinary actions over petty problems; appeals to workers to inform the Parliament about the public bodies throughout Scotland which attract the most criticism from workers as to the way they are managed; believes that public sector managers should be setting a good example to the nation in staff relations, that bullies should be rooted out and that bullying management, which is not only inhumane but wasteful of time, morale and public money, should not be tolerated; pledges to encourage freedom of speech by workers as an important way of discovering bad practice, and demands that authorities such as Glasgow City Council obey the findings of Industrial Tribunals and reinstate workers who have won their cases.

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan, Robin Harper, Ms Margo MacDonald, Alex Neil

S1M-1138# Dorothy-Grace Elder: Scottish Lottery—That the Parliament supports a separate "Scottish People’s Lottery", with monies going directly to charitable efforts in Scotland and controlled by a board in Scotland; believes that this is the fairest way for the ticket-buying public to see where their money goes locally and to target the causes most in the public interest as well as being one way of ending "fat cat" salaries for people operating the lottery through constant local supervision, and welcomes Richard Branson’s wish to have a Scottish Lottery.

Supported by: Richard Lochhead, Christine Grahame, Fiona McLeod

S1M-1135 Tommy Sheridan: Unison Strike—That the Parliament expresses its concern that Unison members in Scottish local authorities have had to resort to strike action to secure their pay rise and calls upon the Scottish Executive to fund local authorities adequately so that they can settle this justified pay claim.

Supported by: Dorothy-Grace Elder, Richard Lochhead, Robin Harper, Michael Matheson, Christine Grahame, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Michael Russell, Linda Fabiani, Ms Margo MacDonald, Andrew Wilson, Ms Sandra White, Fiona Hyslop, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Fiona McLeod, Mr Kenny MacAskill

S1M-1134 Christine Grahame: Pensioner Poverty in Scotland—That the Parliament notes that one-third of pensioners in Scotland are living in poverty, exactly the same figure as for 1996-97 when the Labour Government came to power, as disclosed in a recent Westminster parliamentary answer to Robert MacLennan MP, Scottish Liberal Democrat for Caithness and Sutherland; further notes that Mr MacLennan believes that Labour has "wasted valuable years in the battle against pensioner poverty", and that "the only answer is to provide pensioners with a decent increase in their depleted state pensions" as stated in a Scottish Liberal Democrats press release of 9 August 2000; further notes that, in answer to question S1W-7384 in the Parliament on 25 August regarding the meeting of the Joint Ministerial Committee on Poverty held on 26 May on pensioner poverty, the outcome of the meeting was only that there should be a programme of work to encourage the take-up of benefits and services by pensioners; agrees with Elderly Fora throughout Scotland that a decent basic state pension is the way out of pensioner poverty, and calls upon the Scottish Liberal Democrat/Labour coalition to make urgent representations at Joint Ministerial level to increase the basic state pension to civilised levels now.

Supported by: Mr Adam Ingram, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Mr Mike Rumbles, Donald Gorrie, Andrew Wilson, Linda Fabiani, Alex Neil, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Richard Lochhead, Shona Robison, Alasdair Morgan, Fiona McLeod, Fergus Ewing, Ms Sandra White, Robin Harper, Michael Matheson, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Mr Gil Paterson, Irene McGugan, David Mundell, Tricia Marwick, Brian Adam, Fiona Hyslop, Michael Russell, Ms Margo MacDonald, Nora Radcliffe

S1M-1134.1 Tommy Sheridan: Pensioner Poverty in Scotland—As an amendment to motion (S1M-1134) in the name of Christine Grahame, leave out from "to increase" to end and insert "to restore the earnings link with the state pension with immediate effect".

Supported by: Alex Neil

S1M-1133# Irene McGugan: Maternity Unit in Montrose—That the Parliament notes the possibility that, as a consequence of the Tayside Health Board acute services review, Angus might lose all of its maternity units; notes that there is a specific threat to in-patient ante-natal care, delivery, post-natal in-patient care and 24 hour cover at Montrose; commends the "keep MUM" campaign for its efforts to raise awareness of this issue, and urges the Scottish Executive to reassure residents of Angus and the Mearns that any decisions following the review of maternity services will demonstrate improved outcomes, specifically on patient satisfaction, percentages of births without obstetric intervention, breastfeeding rates and retention of midwifery staff.

Supported by: Alex Johnstone, Mr Mike Rumbles, Mr Andrew Welsh, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Tommy Sheridan, Shona Robison, Richard Lochhead, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Mr Gil Paterson, Tricia Marwick, Brian Adam, Andrew Wilson, Mr Brian Monteith, Mary Scanlon, Mr David Davidson, Nick Johnston, Ben Wallace, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Fiona McLeod

S1M-1131 Tommy Sheridan: Lewis Offshore—That the Parliament believes that the proposed public auction on 14 September 2000 of vital oil fabrication equipment belonging to Lewis Offshore at their Arnish yard in the Western Isles amounts to asset-stripping at the expense of the workers employed at the yard and represents a major blow to the economy of the Western Isles; further believes that the proposed sale of these assets makes a nonsense of grants previously awarded to the industry by Highlands and Islands Enterprise and of the £100,000 provided for the retraining of staff since the closure of the yard; calls upon the Receivers to cancel the auction, and, pending negotiation of a settlement by public funding, calls for Lewis Offshore to be retained as a public asset for such time in the future when the oil fabrication industry picks up again.

Supported by: Shona Robison, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Alex Neil, Michael Matheson, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Mr Gil Paterson, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Ms Sandra White

S1M-1130 Tommy Sheridan: Higher Still 2000 Exams—That the Parliament notes the ongoing problems in providing correct and timely results for the Higher Still 2000 exams; further notes that warnings from teachers earlier this year with regard to the underfunding and under-resourcing of the Higher Still courses were ignored, culminating in the exams difficulties at the expense of thousands of students, and believes that the Minister for Children and Education, Mr Sam Galbraith MSP, should resign.

S1M-1129# Mr Kenneth Gibson: Threat to World's Forests—That the Parliament deplores the industrial logging of the world’s ancient forests; notes that most terrestrial bio-diversity resides in forests and that many species are being driven to extinction by the sheer scale of logging which now results in the destruction of 10 million hectares per year, threatening millions of forest dwelling people by this devastation and the climatic changes caused by the ensuing environmental destabilisation; calls upon the leading industrial nations to co-operate and ensure greater information sharing while developing countermeasures to illegal logging; further calls upon governments to assist the International Tropical Timber Organisation in securing market transparency and by implementing and enforcing laws against illegally logged timber and buying timber from certified forests such as those carrying the mark of the Forest Stewardship Council, and believes that governments should deny "aid" funding to projects that destroy ancient forests while providing funds, logistical support and training to help other nations battling to stop illegal logging and produce timber from sustainable forests and their communities.

Supported by: Fiona Hyslop, Fiona McLeod, Roseanna Cunningham, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Gil Paterson, Tricia Marwick, Linda Fabiani, Shona Robison, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Donald Gorrie, Andrew Wilson, Alex Neil, Richard Lochhead, Alasdair Morgan, Nora Radcliffe, Ms Sandra White, Robin Harper, Michael Matheson, Christine Grahame, Michael Russell, Tommy Sheridan, Dorothy-Grace Elder

S1M-1128 Mr Brian Monteith: Motion of No Confidence—That the Parliament has no confidence in the Minister for Children and Education.

Supported by: David McLetchie, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Alex Fergusson, Alex Johnstone, Bill Aitken, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Mr Jamie McGrigor, John Scott, Mr Murray Tosh, Mr David Davidson, Phil Gallie, David Mundell, Miss Annabel Goldie, John Young, Ben Wallace, Mr Keith Harding, Mary Scanlon, Nick Johnston

S1M-1127 Tommy Sheridan: Glasgow Schools PFI—That the Parliament notes with concern the article in the Sunday Herald of 9 July by Torcuil Crichton suggesting that the PFI deal for Glasgow schools is likely to cost taxpayers £34 million more than if the schools were built and refurbished in the public sector and calls for a full investigation by Audit Scotland and the local government ombudsman.

Supported by: Michael Russell, Christine Grahame, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Andrew Wilson, Linda Fabiani, Alex Neil, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Shona Robison, Ms Sandra White, Michael Matheson, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Mr Gil Paterson

S1M-1126# Shona Robison: Population of Dundee—That the Parliament notes with concern the figures revealed by the Registrar General showing that Dundee’s population is set to decline by 20,000 over the next 15 years and therefore calls for an urgent enquiry into the causes of Dundee’s depopulation and for all appropriate action necessary to be taken to reverse this decline.

Supported by: Michael Russell, Christine Grahame, Irene McGugan, Fiona McLeod, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Andrew Wilson, Alex Neil, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Richard Lochhead, Ms Sandra White, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Mr Gil Paterson, Tricia Marwick, Brian Adam, Fiona Hyslop, Mr Duncan Hamilton

S1M-1125# Mr Lloyd Quinan: Autistic Spectrum Disorder Provision—That the Parliament notes that the incidence of autistic spectrum disorder has rapidly increased in the last ten years; further notes the challenge faced by parents, carers and organisations such as Strathclyde Autistic Society regarding the lack of appropriate provision, and urges rapid action to address and rectify the current situation.

Supported by: Michael Russell, Bruce Crawford, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Christine Grahame, Shona Robison, Fergus Ewing, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Michael Matheson, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Fiona McLeod, Donald Gorrie, Andrew Wilson, Linda Fabiani, Alex Neil, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Cathie Craigie, Richard Lochhead, Alasdair Morgan, Ms Sandra White, Robin Harper, Irene McGugan, John Scott, Tricia Marwick, Brian Adam, Fiona Hyslop, Mr Brian Monteith, Dr Winnie Ewing, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Tommy Sheridan, Elaine Smith, Ms Margo MacDonald, Des McNulty, Euan Robson, David Mundell

S1M-1123# David Mundell: Abuse of Older and Disabled People—That the Parliament congratulates Dumfries and District Women’s Aid on securing funding for a project worker to deal exclusively with women over 50 years of age and/or disabled women and notes that this is the first project of its kind in the United Kingdom; expresses its concern at the apparent increase in the abuse of older and disabled people, and believes that the Scottish Executive should support and encourage projects which seek to highlight and tackle this important issue.

Supported by: Bill Aitken, Michael Russell, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Christine Grahame, Donald Gorrie, Andrew Wilson, Linda Fabiani, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Mr Keith Harding, Alasdair Morgan, Ms Sandra White, Robin Harper, Alex Fergusson, Mr Murray Tosh, Michael Matheson, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Mr Gil Paterson, Fiona Hyslop, Nick Johnston, John Scott, Tommy Sheridan, Mary Scanlon, Mr Brian Monteith, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Mr Lloyd Quinan, David McLetchie, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Dr Winnie Ewing, John Young, Phil Gallie, Mrs Margaret Ewing*

S1M-1121# Ms Sandra White: Glasgow North/South Rail Link—That the Parliament notes Her Majesty's Government’s Spending Review 2000 and urges the Scottish Executive to allocate funds from the Scottish share of the review for the development of the Glasgow north/south crossrail scheme or any similar scheme which facilitates the linking of the Glasgow’s north and south rail networks.

Supported by: Dorothy-Grace Elder, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Michael Russell, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Andrew Wilson, Alex Neil, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Mr Gil Paterson, Tricia Marwick, Robert Brown

S1M-1120 Dr Winnie Ewing: Standby Vessel Replacement—That the Parliament deplores the proposed replacement of standby rescue vessels by helicopters as being a threat to the lives of offshore workers.

Supported by: Dorothy-Grace Elder, Michael Russell, Irene McGugan, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Andrew Wilson, Alex Neil, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Shona Robison, Fiona McLeod, Fergus Ewing, Ms Sandra White, Michael Matheson, Tricia Marwick, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Andrew Welsh, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Tommy Sheridan, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Fiona Hyslop

S1M-1119 Brian Adam: Aberdeen Angus Cattle—That the Parliament calls upon the Scottish Executive to review urgently its decision to exclude the hardy Aberdeen Angus breed of cattle from support payments for less favoured areas and recognises the traditional and distinctive role played by Aberdeen Angus breeders in suckler cow production in Scotland’s hill and island communities.

Supported by: Irene McGugan, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Alex Neil, Richard Lochhead, Alasdair Morgan, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Mr Gil Paterson, Tricia Marwick, Tommy Sheridan, Ben Wallace, Mr Kenneth Gibson

S1M-1118 Pauline McNeill: Childhood Sexual Abuse—That the Parliament recognises the complex, devastating and long term effect of childhood sexual abuse on children and adult survivors; further notes that childhood sexual abuse has an immense impact on society as a whole and calls upon the Scottish Executive to develop and implement a national strategy addressing the social, health and legal implications of sexual abuse and provide central support to develop a network of agencies throughout Scotland to support survivors of sexual abuse.

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Irene Oldfather, Michael Russell, Cathy Jamieson, Donald Gorrie, Andrew Wilson, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Cathie Craigie, Scott Barrie, Elaine Smith, Marilyn Livingstone, Alasdair Morgan, Nora Radcliffe, Robin Harper, Michael Matheson, Bristow Muldoon, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Mr Gil Paterson, Christine Grahame, Rhoda Grant, Malcolm Chisholm, Dr Elaine Murray, Ms Margaret Curran, Trish Godman, Dr Sylvia Jackson, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Mary Scanlon, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Dr Richard Simpson, David Mundell, Margaret Jamieson, Cathy Peattie, Maureen Macmillan

S1M-1117# Mr John Munro: Date Stamping on Skye Bridge Concessionary Tickets—That the Parliament supports the Skye against Tolls campaign and Highland Council in their call for the removal of date stamping from Skye Bridge concessionary tickets.

Supported by: Brian Adam, Tommy Sheridan, Shona Robison, Fiona McLeod, Michael Russell, Mr Mike Rumbles, Donald Gorrie, Andrew Wilson, Linda Fabiani, Richard Lochhead, Alasdair Morgan, Nora Radcliffe, Ms Sandra White, Michael Matheson, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Irene McGugan, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Mr Jamie Stone

S1M-1116# Christine Grahame: Age Discrimination in the NHS—That the Parliament notes the recent survey by Pat Grant, consultant at Glasgow Western Infirmary’s accident and emergency department, which identifies trends suggesting age discrimination in accident and emergency practice; further notes last year’s Age Concern report Turning Your Back on Us, which also highlighted examples of age discrimination in the treatment of elderly people by the NHS, and the article by Dr Brian Williams, President of the British Geriatrics Society, in the Scottish Executive’s May 2000 Health Bulletin, which cited evidence of age discrimination within the NHS; further notes the Scottish Executive’s statement that the NHSiS does not discriminate against the elderly, and urges the Executive to initiate an immediate independent assessment of these and other reports and an immediate investigation of the alleged discriminatory practices, both at a national level and in each health board area, and to make these findings available to the Parliament at the earliest opportunity.

Supported by: Mrs Margaret Ewing, Bruce Crawford, Mr Adam Ingram, Brian Adam, Shona Robison, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Ms Sandra White, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Michael Russell, Irene McGugan, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Donald Gorrie, Andrew Wilson, Linda Fabiani, Alex Neil, Richard Lochhead, Alasdair Morgan, Fiona McLeod, Michael Matheson, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Mr Gil Paterson, Tricia Marwick, Fiona Hyslop, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Tommy Sheridan, Ms Margo MacDonald, David Mundell, Mary Scanlon

S1M-1115# Dorothy-Grace Elder: Protection of Children from Hard-core Pornography—That the Parliament deplores the decision of the Video Appeal Committee (VAC) of the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) to uphold an appeal from the distributors of hardcore pornography to allow distribution of videos with a more explicit content than had previously been acceptable, against the wishes of the BBFC board; notes that the BBFC lost a High Court action this year against the VAC over its decision; is appalled at the High Court ruling in London which brushed aside the possible effects on children once this pornographic material enters homes; deplores the rules since issued by the BBFC which permit even more explicit hardcore pornographic videos to be sold in sex shops in Scotland and the UK; calls upon all local authorities to refuse licences for more sex shops which are now anticipated to open due to the ability to sell even more explicit material; notes that the floodgates could now be open for further hardcore pornography to enter the UK; pledges to do all in its power to resist anything which could harm children through viewing pornography, and supports parents in the UK who are appealing for the Obscene Publications Act 1959 to be amended to include new and tougher regulations.

Supported by: Fergus Ewing, Brian Adam, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Alex Neil, Michael Matheson, Christine Grahame, Tricia Marwick, Tommy Sheridan

S1M-1114 David McLetchie: Long Term Care—That the Parliament notes the publication of the NHS National Plan for England; notes that the Scottish Executive will announce its proposals for Scotland in the autumn and that this will include the Scottish Executive’s response to the Report of the Royal Commission on Long Term Care, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to implement in full the recommendation of the Royal Commission that personal care, as defined by the Commission, should be available after assessment, according to need and paid for from general taxation.

Supported by: Mary Scanlon, Ben Wallace, Alex Johnstone, John Scott, David Mundell, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Mr Keith Harding, Ms Margo MacDonald, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Mr David Davidson, Nick Johnston, Mr Brian Monteith, Mr Murray Tosh

S1M-1113 Tommy Sheridan: Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission—That the Parliament believes that the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission must have unimpeded access to all Crown Office papers and relevant evidence in relation to any case which the Commission is investigating; believes that access to requested papers and associated evidence is essential for the Commission to operate as a genuinely independent and credible investigatory body able to uncover miscarriages of justice, and considers that the Crown Office must release all relevant papers requested by the Criminal Cases Review Commission without condition or impediment.

Supported by: Pauline McNeill, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Michael Russell, Donald Gorrie, Andrew Wilson, Alex Neil, Nora Radcliffe, Christine Grahame, Scott Barrie, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Dr Richard Simpson

S1M-1112 Dorothy-Grace Elder: Sex Offenders Register—That the Parliament demands the immediate setting up of a comprehensive register of sex offenders including those who escaped being registered because of being sentenced before the current register was introduced in 1997; notes with alarm that the estimated number of paedophiles, rapists and other sex criminals living in the Scottish community, unregistered and unchecked, is between 6,000 and 13,000; demands immediate extra funding for the police to assist their work on an unofficial register which they are compiling until this can be turned legally into an official register; requests that forms of protection for children be investigated immediately, including electronic tagging of paedophiles and special marks on passports; declares that current protection levels for children are totally inadequate, from lack of provision for Justice Social Workers who check on sex offenders, to lack of aid to ChildLine and extreme shortages of funding for police for the harrowing work they do in this area; acknowledges that it is totally unacceptable that parents live in an era of fear for their children on a daily basis, and declares that it has fewer greater priorities than the protection of children and is willing to back that aim with funding and active work by members.

Supported by: Fergus Ewing, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Alex Neil, Tricia Marwick

S1M-1110 Christine Grahame: Borders Railway Funding—That the Parliament, in respect of the recent statement by John Prescott that £60 billion is earmarked for railway investment over the next ten years, in implementation of the Parliament’s commitment to reinstating the Borders Railway from Edinburgh to Carlisle in terms of motion S1M-922, and given the Executive’s commitment to social inclusion and sustaining rural economies, to moving freight from road to rail and to reducing urban congestion, calls upon the Scottish Executive in its directions and guidance to the Strategic Rail Authority and in bidding for funds to ensure that this rail link has priority.

Supported by: Fergus Ewing, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Colin Campbell, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Robin Harper, Mr Adam Ingram, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Michael Russell, Andrew Wilson, Linda Fabiani, Alex Neil, Ms Sandra White, Michael Matheson, Tricia Marwick, Fiona Hyslop, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Tommy Sheridan, Ms Margo MacDonald, Bruce Crawford

S1M-1109 Irene McGugan: Poverty in Scotland—That the Parliament notes the report from the House of Commons Scottish Affairs Committee, Poverty in Scotland; acknowledges that poverty impacts on the lives of 25% of the population of the country and that the most vulnerable groups in society are most at risk; recognises that many of the recommendations require to be implemented by the Scottish Parliament, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to initiate a full debate in the chamber on the content and findings of the report.

Supported by: Fergus Ewing, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Brian Adam, Shona Robison, Robin Harper, Christine Grahame, Fiona McLeod, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Michael Russell, Donald Gorrie, Andrew Wilson, Linda Fabiani, Alex Neil, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Richard Lochhead, Alasdair Morgan, Michael Matheson, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Mr Gil Paterson, Tricia Marwick, Fiona Hyslop, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Tommy Sheridan, Ms Margo MacDonald

S1M-1108 Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: Upgrading of A1—That the Parliament supports the long-term upgrading of the A1 to dual carriageway status continuously from Edinburgh to the Borders at a time when it is the Department of Environment, Transport and the Regions’ policy to upgrade the A1 from Newcastle to the Borders and in the interests of reducing casualties, improving communication, and increasing the economic competitiveness of south east Scotland and north east England.

Supported by: David McLetchie, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Michael Russell, Andrew Wilson, Alex Neil, Mr Keith Harding, Alasdair Morgan, Brian Adam, Mr Adam Ingram, Mary Scanlon, Nick Johnston, Mr Brian Monteith, Mr Murray Tosh, Mr Lloyd Quinan, David Mundell, Ben Wallace

S1M-1107# Trish Godman: Community Gardens—That the Parliament recognises the value of community gardening in improving health, building communities, increasing bio-diversity and promoting regeneration, while providing refreshment and healthy recreation for those without a garden; notes that such gardens face fierce competition for space in urban areas, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to help to secure the future of community gardens through revised planning guidance and by promoting them through the New Opportunities Fund.

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan, Shona Robison, Pauline McNeill, Robin Harper, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Irene Oldfather, Donald Gorrie, Andrew Wilson, Elaine Smith, Michael Matheson, Robert Brown, Margaret Jamieson, Cathy Peattie, Maureen Macmillan, Mr Jamie Stone

S1M-1106 Ian Jenkins: Sydney 2000 and European Cup Athletics—That the Parliament congratulates all the Scottish athletes who contributed to remarkable British successes at the European cup at Gateshead; welcomes the progress made by the Scottish Executive in developing community sports facilities, and wishes the Great Britain team well in the forthcoming Sydney Olympic Games.

Supported by: Donald Gorrie, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Mr Brian Monteith

S1M-1105 Fergus Ewing: Vehicle Body Repair Specialists and VAT—That the Parliament calls upon the Scottish Executive to make representations to Her Majesty’s Government to end the discrimination suffered by those vehicle body repair specialists which are not owned by insurance companies and which therefore do not enjoy exemption from VAT on labour; notes that this places the independent repair shops at a severe competitive disadvantage, and further calls upon the Executive to investigate whether this constitutes an infringement of EU law and competition policy or is open to challenge at the instance of the Competition Commission or otherwise.

Supported by: Dorothy-Grace Elder, Shona Robison, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Michael Russell, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Andrew Wilson, Alex Neil, Alasdair Morgan, Michael Matheson, Tricia Marwick, Brian Adam, Fiona Hyslop, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Irene McGugan

S1M-1104 Alex Neil: Failings of New Deal—That the Parliament notes the findings by the National Institute for Economic and Social Research that 80% of the jobs filled by the New Deal would have been there if the New Deal did not exist; notes with concern that only one fifth of the Scottish New Deal budget has been spent so far; seeks an assurance that what is left of the money will be applied effectively, and calls for responsibility for the New Deal and the remainder of its budget in Scotland to be transferred to the Scottish Parliament.

Supported by: Ms Margo MacDonald, Brian Adam, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Irene McGugan, Tommy Sheridan, Shona Robison, Christine Grahame, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Michael Russell, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Mike Rumbles, Donald Gorrie, Andrew Wilson, Ms Sandra White, Michael Matheson, Tricia Marwick, Fiona Hyslop

S1M-1103# Irene McGugan: Skye Bridge Toll Regime—That the Parliament notes the opinion of Professor Robert Black QC that the Assignation Statement in respect of the Skye Bridge is not signed and not dated, and that it therefore may not be a lawful document; notes that a lack of valid authority could mean that tolls have been demanded illegally and people wrongly prosecuted and convicted for not paying their tolls, and believes that the Scottish Executive should undertake an urgent review of the legal status of the Skye Bridge toll regime in the interests of justice.

Supported by: Mr John Munro, Fergus Ewing, Brian Adam, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Tommy Sheridan, Shona Robison, Christine Grahame, Fiona McLeod, Michael Russell, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Mr Mike Rumbles, Donald Gorrie, Andrew Wilson, Linda Fabiani, Alex Neil, Richard Lochhead, Alasdair Morgan, Michael Matheson, Tricia Marwick, Fiona Hyslop, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Ms Margo MacDonald, Mr Kenneth Gibson

S1M-1102# Mr Andrew Welsh: Montrose Bridge—That the Parliament notes that the A95 bridge over the South Esk at Montrose is nearing the end of its life span; supports Angus Council in its efforts to replace this vital lifeline, and believes that the Scottish Executive should provide funding or extra capital borrowing consent for this project.

Supported by: Brian Adam, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Irene McGugan, Shona Robison, Robin Harper, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Andrew Wilson, Richard Lochhead, Ms Sandra White, Michael Matheson, Tricia Marwick, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Bruce Crawford, Mr David Davidson

S1M-1101# Mr Brian Monteith: Richard Demarco and the Road to Meikle Seggie—That the Parliament congratulates Richard Demarco on the opening of his exhibition The Road to Meikle Seggie, celebrating the achievements of his career as an artist, impresario, teacher and philosopher, as an inspiration to many other artists and art lovers, as a champion of human rights through the transformational power of art in society and as an ambassador for Edinburgh and Scotland, and urges the Scottish Executive to initiate discussions between the Scottish Arts Council and the City of Edinburgh Council to ensure that suitable premises are found in Edinburgh for the storage, study and display of his extensive archives.

Supported by: Michael Russell, Ian Jenkins, Linda Fabiani, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Robin Harper, Donald Gorrie, Mr Keith Harding, John Young, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Mr David Davidson, Bill Aitken, Alex Johnstone, Mr Murray Tosh, Alex Fergusson

S1M-1100 Elaine Thomson: World Corporate Games, July 2000—That the Parliament notes Aberdeen’s success in attracting the 13th annual World Corporate Games, in terms of health by encouraging the "Fit for Work, Fit for Life" ethos amongst employees and by promoting the profile and economy of the North East; further notes that the 10,000 competitors are expected to contribute approximately £6 million to the local economy, and hopes that the competitors, who originate from up to 40 different countries around the world, return to visit this beautiful city and area.

Supported by: Shona Robison

S1M-1099# Rhoda Grant: Oil Rig Fabrication Industry—That the Parliament, in view of the present rundown in the oil fabrication industry, calls upon the oil companies to establish clearly the likely future workload for the rig fabrication yards in the UK, and Scotland in particular, with a view to establishing a sustainable base for oil fabrication and identifying where diversification away from fabrication will be required, and further calls upon the oil companies to establish a contingency fund, the Oil Rig Fabrication Communities Contingency Fund, to help those leaving the industry or those no longer employed in the industry to gain new skills, to provide support for the communities who are hit hardest by the rundown and to help those yards with spare capacity to diversify into other areas of engineering.

Supported by: Maureen Macmillan, Mr Duncan McNeil, Elaine Thomson, Dr Sylvia Jackson, Des McNulty, Dr Richard Simpson, Cathie Craigie, Lewis Macdonald, Nora Radcliffe, Fergus Ewing, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Mr John Munro, Mr Jamie Stone, Tricia Marwick, Alex Neil, Brian Adam, Shona Robison, Robin Harper, Donald Gorrie, Richard Lochhead, Elaine Smith, Fiona Hyslop, Dr Elaine Murray, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Tommy Sheridan, Trish Godman, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Kenneth Gibson

S1M-1098 Ms Sandra White: Asylum Seekers—That the Parliament notes the concerns raised at the meeting "Asylum Seekers Speak Out For Themselves" held in the Parliament on the experiences of asylum seekers and refugees, highlighting the poor living conditions and the lack of decent living facilities, interpreters and staff dedicated to work with and aid refugees, and calls upon the Scottish Executive and Her Majesty's Government to take urgent action to alleviate the poor conditions experienced by many refugees and to make contact with the agencies working with asylum seekers and refugees, to determine what action can be taken to alleviate their plight.

Supported by: Shona Robison, Mr Adam Ingram, Tricia Marwick, Fiona McLeod, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Richard Lochhead, Irene McGugan, Bruce Crawford, Alex Neil, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Dr Winnie Ewing, Mr Gil Paterson, Fergus Ewing, Fiona Hyslop, Michael Matheson, Mr John Swinney, Christine Grahame, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr John Munro, Donald Gorrie, Nora Radcliffe, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Linda Fabiani, Tommy Sheridan, Alasdair Morgan, Colin Campbell, Kay Ullrich, Andrew Wilson, Malcolm Chisholm, Brian Adam, Robin Harper, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Trish Godman, Margaret Smith, Ms Margo MacDonald, Pauline McNeill

S1M-1095 Mr Gil Paterson: Scottish Granite for the Scottish Parliament—That the Parliament regrets the passing of Senor Enric Miralles and as a matter of respect believes that his wish that Scottish granite be used for the Scottish Parliament project should be adhered to and that his description of the "sparkle" from Scottish granite should be evident in this project as a testament to his memory.

Supported by: Fergus Ewing, Alex Neil, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Robin Harper, Christine Grahame, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Alasdair Morgan, Michael Matheson, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Tricia Marwick

S1M-1094 Tommy Sheridan: Consultation Document on School Closures in Cumbernauld—That the Parliament notes the disclosures by North Lanarkshire Council officials at the weekend that the consultation document for the review of primary school provision in Cumbernauld contained inaccuracies and that once identified those inaccuracies were not disclosed to the council prior to the vote on this issue; further notes that the council was misled by the consultation documents placed before it prior to the vote on the school closures and that the consultation process has been flawed, and requests that North Lanarkshire Council suspend school closures until any legal implications have been addressed.

Supported by: Dennis Canavan, Alex Neil, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Donald Gorrie, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Mr Gil Paterson

S1M-1093 Paul Martin: High crime levels in parts of Glasgow—That the Parliament notes with concern the high crime levels in areas such as Blackhill, Sighthill, Royston and other parts of Glasgow and calls for a comprehensive review of policing with a remit that will include community policing, the effectiveness of telecommunications systems that communicate with members of the public, resources made available to crime prevention panels and protocols in place with local authorities following court convictions.

Supported by: Dorothy-Grace Elder, Pauline McNeill

S1M-1088 Andrew Wilson: School Closures in Cumbernauld—That the Parliament notes that the documentary evidence placed before North Lanarkshire Council concerning Cumbernauld schools’ closures contained inaccuracies; further notes with concern that once these inaccuracies were identified, no attempt was made to advise the Council of them; believes, on the basis of these inaccuracies, that the schools’ closures process is flawed, and calls upon North Lanarkshire Council to suspend all further school closures until a thorough investigation has taken place.

Supported by: Alex Neil, Dennis Canavan, Nicola Sturgeon, Linda Fabiani, Brian Adam, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Fiona McLeod, Ms Sandra White, Michael Matheson, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Mr Gil Paterson, Tricia Marwick, Fiona Hyslop, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Lloyd Quinan

S1M-1082 Dorothy-Grace Elder: Appreciation to Staff of the Parliament—That the Parliament, at the end of its first year, records its warm thanks to the staff, including all clerks, security staff, staff of the Chamber Office, Official Report Office, Broadcasting Unit, Parliamentary Police Force, postal service, catering staff, cleaners and all others who have given wholeheartedly of their best, and considers that the staff have done Scotland proud and, being the first staff of the first Scottish Parliament in 300 years, have proved to be exceptional ambassadors and, unlike elected members, have attracted only praise from the public and that their conduct has set a very high standard for MSPs to attempt to emulate.

Supported by: Fergus Ewing, Richard Lochhead, Michael Matheson, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Adam Ingram, Tricia Marwick, Tommy Sheridan, Ms Margo MacDonald, Mr Brian Monteith, Mr Lloyd Quinan

S1M-1081 Dorothy-Grace Elder: Growing Concern and John Wheatley College—That the Parliament congratulates Peter McMahon of Growing Concern, Daldowie and the John Wheatley College, Easterhouse on Mr McMahon gaining the European Special Award for outstanding achievement by a student and records its high regard for the achievements of students, lecturers and social workers at Growing Concern and the John Wheatley College who have excelled at working through learning difficulties and given Scotland reason to be proud of their success.

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan

S1M-1080 Mr Gil Paterson: School Repairs Fund—That the Parliament notes the considerable outstanding repair bill faced by Scottish schools; notes that in some cases schools have been allowed to fall into an unacceptable state of disrepair, simply because local authorities cannot afford the necessary investment for improvement; draws attention to Airdrie Academy as an example of a school whose major repair requirements have provoked a crisis; further notes the considerable underspend for financial year 1999-2000 by the Scottish Executive, and calls for some of this money to be allocated to a schools repair contingency fund to ensure that local authorities can afford to educate our children in decent and safe surroundings.

Supported by: Nicola Sturgeon, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Alex Neil, Fergus Ewing, Andrew Wilson, Linda Fabiani, Brian Adam, Shona Robison, Fiona McLeod, Donald Gorrie, Michael Matheson, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Irene McGugan, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Dr Winnie Ewing

S1M-1078 Linda Fabiani: Scottish Civic Forum 1 July 2000—That the Parliament notes the success of the Scottish Civic Forum event on Saturday 1 July 2000 in the Chamber and congratulates Scottish Civic Forum; considers the event to have been a fitting celebration of the first anniversary of the Parliament and requests that the Corporate Body investigates the possibility of such events being held more often in the Chamber, perhaps four times a year, to allow parliamentarians more opportunities to hear the views of the people of Scotland.

Supported by: Andrew Wilson, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Alex Neil, Fergus Ewing, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Ms Sandra White, Dr Winnie Ewing, Michael Russell, Irene McGugan, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Shona Robison, Ian Jenkins, Donald Gorrie, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Richard Lochhead, Michael Matheson, Tricia Marwick, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Lloyd Quinan

S1M-1076 Ian Jenkins: European Year of Languages—That the Parliament welcomes the designation of 2001 as "European Year of Languages"; further welcomes the year’s aim of celebrating Europe’s linguistic heritage and promoting language learning; notes that individual member states decide which languages should be included; recognises the high prestige in which the Gaelic and Scots languages are held internationally, and calls upon Her Majesty's Government to have Scots and Gaelic designated as eligible for this important project.

Supported by: Nora Radcliffe, Donald Gorrie, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Christine Grahame, Margaret Jamieson, Fergus Ewing, Linda Fabiani, Alex Neil, Shona Robison, Fiona McLeod, Ms Sandra White

S1M-1075 Mike Watson: The Jeely Piece Club Silver Jubilee—That the Parliament associates itself with the community-based project, the Jeely Piece Club in Castlemilk, Glasgow, in celebrating its Silver Jubilee; congratulates all those parents and children who have contributed to the continuing success of this project, and encourages the promotion of such projects, which are based on local support and an inclusive, collaborative way of working.

Supported by: Dr Sylvia Jackson, Donald Gorrie, Irene Oldfather, Cathie Craigie, Karen Whitefield, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Margaret Jamieson, Scott Barrie, Marilyn Livingstone, Robert Brown, Mr Gil Paterson, Maureen Macmillan, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Tommy Sheridan, Cathy Peattie

S1M-1074 Mr Brian Monteith: Stirling's Hogmanay Celebration—That the Parliament expresses its concern over moves by Stirling Council to spend £30,000 of local taxpayers money burning a "fire sculpture" to celebrate the coming New Year; notes that this decision comes at a time when frontline services such as local schools are witnessing cuts in their budgets for staff development and teaching materials, and only months after the council cut services and increased the council tax by 10%, and condemns this use of public money which should be spent on addressing the real priorities of local residents.

Supported by: Bill Aitken, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton

S1M-1071 Mr Keith Harding: Holding Local Authority Elections in 2002—That the Parliament calls upon the Scottish Executive to ensure that the next local authority elections proceed as planned in 2002, separate from the Scottish Parliament elections in 2003 and in line with the recommendations of the McIntosh Commission and the Kerley Committee; believes that this would help to ensure that local issues are properly aired and debated and would clarify the alternatives open to electors for a level of government that is responsible for a wide range of services and for spending hundreds of millions of pounds of public money, and further believes that such debate would be almost impossible to achieve if a combined Holyrood and council poll was held.

Supported by: David McLetchie, Alex Johnstone, John Scott, Mr Brian Monteith, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Phil Gallie, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Nick Johnston, Tommy Sheridan, Mary Scanlon, Mr David Davidson, Mr Kenneth Gibson

S1M-1070 Mrs Mary Mulligan: Bright Sparks—That the Parliament offers its congratulations to the Bathgate Academy young enterprise company "Brightsparks" on its success in the Scottish National Young Enterprise Scheme and wishes this team further success as the Scottish representatives in the UK finals of the competition.

Supported by: Donald Gorrie, Karen Whitefield, Mike Watson, Scott Barrie, Marilyn Livingstone, Robin Harper, Fiona Hyslop

S1M-1069 Fergus Ewing: Criminal Injuries Compensation—That the Parliament believes that it is manifestly unjust that victims of sexual abuse are denied compensation under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board scheme purely because that abuse occurred before 1979 and the abuse was committed by a member of the victim’s family; believes that this distinction is arbitrary and that those victims of such sexual abuse, including Susan Stuart and Jake Strachan, should receive fair compensation, and urges the Scottish Executive to make representations to Her Majesty’s Government for the award of such compensation to be made on an ex-gratia basis.

Supported by: Nick Johnston, Phil Gallie, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Donald Gorrie, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Brian Adam, Shona Robison, Christine Grahame, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Fiona McLeod, Michael Russell, Alex Neil, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Dr Winnie Ewing, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Mr Adam Ingram, Andrew Wilson, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Ms Sandra White, Michael Matheson, Tricia Marwick, Tommy Sheridan, Ms Margo MacDonald, Mary Scanlon, David Mundell, Mr Kenneth Gibson

S1M-1068 Fergus Ewing: Scottish Consumer Representation for Gas and Electricity Markets—That the Parliament notes the exodus of decision-making power with regard to consumer representation for gas and electricity markets from Scotland to the south of England as a result of the Utilities Bill; further notes that whilst one Scottish office will remain open, staff and responsibilities will inevitably be reduced; expresses its concern that the quality of representation may suffer; further expresses its concern that this change will also deprive Scotland of existing jobs, and requests that the Scottish Executive reconsider its position and make representations to Her Majesty’s Government opposing the proposal in the Utilities Bill that the existing area electricity consumer committee be abolished and replaced with a single Gas and Electricity Consumer Council for the whole of the UK.

Supported by: Dorothy-Grace Elder, Brian Adam, Shona Robison, Christine Grahame, Fiona McLeod, Michael Russell, Alex Neil, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Mr Adam Ingram, Andrew Wilson, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Richard Lochhead, Ms Sandra White, Michael Matheson, Ms Margo MacDonald

S1M-1067 Mr Kenny MacAskill: Essential User Fuel Duty Rebate—That the Parliament notes that, as a consequence of high taxation, the cost of providing fuel for road haulage companies in Scotland is double that of our European neighbours; notes that, as a consequence, the number of road miles travelled by lorry has not been reduced, merely that Scottish drivers and operators are being undercut and displaced by continental drivers and operators, and that across Scotland the cost of goods is rising to reflect increasing transport costs; further notes the answer to question S1W-7586 by Sarah Boyack on 26 June 2000, indicating that the Scottish Executive would carefully consider any proposals by the Road Haulage Association for an essential user rebate; therefore draws the attention of the Scottish Executive to the proposals published by the Road Haulage Association for an essential user rebate for fuel duty, a scheme which would ensure that on valid business journeys the cost of fuel to Scottish operators was brought into line with the cost of fuel to our nearest continental neighbours by rebating the excess taxation charged here, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to publish a detailed consideration of the impacts and benefits of such a scheme.

Supported by: Dorothy-Grace Elder, Shona Robison, Brian Adam, Christine Grahame, Nicola Sturgeon, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Fiona McLeod, Michael Russell, Irene McGugan, Linda Fabiani, Alex Neil, Ms Sandra White, Mr John Swinney, Fergus Ewing, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Mr Adam Ingram, Andrew Wilson, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Richard Lochhead, Alasdair Morgan, Michael Matheson, Tricia Marwick, Fiona Hyslop, Bruce Crawford

S1M-1066# Helen Eadie: Technology and Customer Services—That the Parliament welcomes the use of new technology in the public and private sectors; notes however that advances in technology, such as the use of voicemail or pre-recorded messages to direct a customer through a telephone system, should not be used as a substitute for direct customer service, and believes that the businesses and residents of Dunfermline East should be given the option of talking directly to a person to have their concerns addressed promptly.

S1M-1064 Trish Godman: Ferguson Shipbuilders and Western Ferries—That the Parliament warmly congratulates the management and workforce of Ferguson Shipbuilders Ltd., Port Glasgow, for securing a contract to build a passenger ferry vessel for Western Ferries; is of the view that this important order demonstrates, in the clearest possible way, that the Port Glasgow yard deservedly enjoys a first class reputation as a builder of specialist vessels, and believes that this contract will be followed by others which will enable the yard to sustain its important role in both the Inverclyde economy and the United Kingdom shipbuilding industry.

Supported by: Donald Gorrie, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Karen Whitefield, Mike Watson, Tommy Sheridan

S1M-1063 Andrew Wilson: Voting Rights for 16 Year Olds—That the Parliament recognises that young people are entitled to be treated in a fair, just and consistent manner and are entitled to have the same rights as other citizens; calls upon the Scottish Executive to implement immediately recommendation 167 of the McIntosh Commission, which asks for particular consideration to be given to the possibility of extending the vote in community council elections to 16 year olds, as a first step in extending the franchise in all elections to 16 year olds, and further calls upon the Scottish Executive to make representations to Her Majesty's Government to promote and support appropriate amending legislation at the first available opportunity so that in all future elections young people from the age of 16 will be able to vote.

Supported by: Mr Kenneth Gibson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Shona Robison, Donald Gorrie, Brian Adam, Nicola Sturgeon, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Fiona McLeod, Michael Russell, Linda Fabiani, Alex Neil, Dr Winnie Ewing, Ms Sandra White, Nora Radcliffe, Mr John Swinney, Mr Adam Ingram, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Robin Harper, Richard Lochhead, Alasdair Morgan, Michael Matheson, Tricia Marwick, Tommy Sheridan

S1M-1059 Mr John McAllion: Educational and Training Provision for Scots on the Autistic Spectrum Disorder—That the Parliament notes the emerging problems surrounding the funding of educational and training provision for young Scots on the autistic spectrum disorder, accepts that local authorities such as City of Dundee Council and other agencies find it increasingly difficult to meet the increased demand for this provision from existing resources, and calls for a national debate within and outside the Parliament on how these problems can be identified and overcome.

Supported by: Mr Lloyd Quinan, Fergus Ewing, Shona Robison, Donald Gorrie, Brian Adam, Cathie Craigie, Christine Grahame, Fiona McLeod, Alex Neil, Ms Sandra White, Elaine Smith, Mike Watson, Nora Radcliffe, Mr John Swinney, Robert Brown, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Mr Adam Ingram, Robin Harper, Cathy Jamieson, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Alasdair Morgan, Michael Matheson, Rhoda Grant, Tommy Sheridan, Mary Scanlon

S1M-1058 Margaret Jamieson: Securing of Additional Benefits by East Ayrshire Council—That the Parliament congratulates East Ayrshire Council on obtaining £2.6 million of additional benefits for its citizens during 1999-2000 and on its total of £9.8 million of additional benefits achieved since its inception in 1996 and supports East Ayrshire Council and other councils in Scotland in their efforts to ensure social inclusion through the maximisation of take-up of benefits.

Supported by: Cathy Jamieson, Malcolm Chisholm, Scott Barrie, Tommy Sheridan, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh

S1M-1053 Brian Adam: Sheltered Housing Wardens Night-Time Cover—That the Parliament notes the impact that local authority reviews of the European Working Time Directive have had on the provision of night-time warden services in sheltered housing complexes and calls upon the Scottish Executive to consider the problem urgently.

Supported by: Alex Neil, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Shona Robison, Christine Grahame, Nicola Sturgeon, Fiona McLeod, Michael Russell, Irene McGugan, Andrew Wilson, Dr Winnie Ewing, Ms Sandra White, Nora Radcliffe, Fergus Ewing, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Mr Adam Ingram, Robin Harper, Donald Gorrie, Richard Lochhead, Roseanna Cunningham, Michael Matheson, Tricia Marwick, Fiona Hyslop, Tommy Sheridan

S1M-1052 Brian Adam: Access to WIPLL and other New Technologies—That the Parliament expresses concern that the new fast-speed telecom system Wireless IP Local Loop, is not being rolled out in Scotland currently; notes that this will disadvantage the development of e-commerce in Scotland, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to make the appropriate representations to allow equality of access to new technologies through all available avenues, including regulation. R

Supported by: Alex Neil, Shona Robison, Christine Grahame, Fiona McLeod, Michael Russell, Andrew Wilson, Nora Radcliffe, Fergus Ewing, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Tricia Marwick

S1M-1050 Mr Jamie Stone: Access to Free Music Tuition—That the Parliament welcomes Gizzen Griggs, Tain Royal Academy’s youth band, notes with concern the decreasing number of local authorities who still offer free music lessons and believes that music tuition should be delivered free at source to all students across Scotland.

Supported by: Fergus Ewing, Nora Radcliffe, Pauline McNeill, Robert Brown, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Linda Fabiani, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Donald Gorrie, Brian Adam, Fiona McLeod, Irene McGugan, Dr Winnie Ewing, Ms Sandra White, Euan Robson, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Mr Adam Ingram, Robin Harper, Richard Lochhead, Michael Matheson, Tommy Sheridan, Ms Margo MacDonald, Cathy Peattie, Mr Kenneth Gibson

S1M-1049# Ms Sandra White: Glasgow Airport Direct Rail Link—That the Parliament notes the statement in the Association of European Airlines’ report on air/rail connections in Europe that rail links should exist at airports handling three million passengers per annum; further notes that Glasgow Airport, according to the most recent figures, handles well in excess of four million passengers per annum, and urges the Scottish Executive to initiate plans to establish a direct rail link to Glasgow Airport.

Supported by: Mr Kenny MacAskill, Colin Campbell, Mr Andrew Welsh, Christine Grahame, Fergus Ewing, Brian Adam, Shona Robison, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Nora Radcliffe, Fiona McLeod, Alex Neil, Andrew Wilson, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Michael Matheson, Robert Brown, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Linda Fabiani, Mr Adam Ingram, Nicola Sturgeon, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Michael Russell, Dr Winnie Ewing, Mr Gil Paterson, Robin Harper, Donald Gorrie, Tommy Sheridan

S1M-1048 Ms Margo MacDonald: Library of Alexandria—That the Parliament congratulates the Government and the people of Egypt on the completion of the new Library of Alexandria and noting the rich history of Scotland’s own literature, asks that an appropriate collection of works is gifted to the people of Egypt in recognition of their achievement.

Supported by: Alex Neil, Fiona McLeod, Mr John Swinney, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Ms Sandra White, Linda Fabiani, Andrew Wilson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Robin Harper, Christine Grahame, Brian Adam, Nora Radcliffe, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Irene McGugan, Fiona Hyslop, Michael Matheson, Mr Adam Ingram, Donald Gorrie, Shona Robison, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Michael Russell, Dennis Canavan, Fergus Ewing, Mr Gil Paterson, Tricia Marwick, Mr Brian Monteith, David Mundell, Mr Keith Harding, Nick Johnston, Mr Jamie McGrigor

S1M-1046 Mr Kenny MacAskill: Use of Differential Inflation Rates in Calculating Benefits and Taxes—That the Parliament notes that in calculations for money taken through petrol duty, Her Majesty's Treasury intends to use an inflation rate of 3.3%, while for calculations for money paid out through the state pension, an inflation rate of only 1.1% will be used; believes that is unfair to use two different inflation figures, selecting the lower to work out what increase there should be in money paid out to pensioners, yet using the higher to decide what tax increase motorists should pay, and condemns this type of accounting practice as a misleading and deceitful excuse for attacking both pensioners and motorists.

Supported by: Shona Robison, Christine Grahame, Fergus Ewing, Brian Adam, Mr John Swinney, Fiona McLeod, Alex Neil, Andrew Wilson, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Irene McGugan, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Linda Fabiani, Donald Gorrie, Nicola Sturgeon, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Michael Russell, Ms Sandra White, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Adam Ingram, Tricia Marwick, Fiona Hyslop, Tommy Sheridan

S1M-1045 John Scott: Nuclear Power in Germany—That the Parliament registers its grave concern over the stated intent of the German government to close down nuclear power stations, believing that such action will have an extremely detrimental effect on Germany’s compliance with the Rio Agreement and will increase global warming.

Supported by: Mr Jamie McGrigor, Mr David Davidson, Nick Johnston

S1M-1045.1 Dorothy-Grace Elder: Nuclear Power in Germany—As an amendment to motion (S1M-1045) in the name of John Scott, leave out from "registers" to end and insert "applauds the German Government on their decision to close their nuclear power stations; notes that this move is in line with the Rio Declaration’s aims of sustainable development and application of the precautionary principle and the international Bruntland Commission’s conclusions that nuclear power caused a decline in quality of life and that the only solution was the adoption of sustainable development and to start living from "nature’s income"; further notes that it was in the 1997 Kyoto Protocol that developed countries agreed to reduce emissions of six greenhouse gases by 5.2% in total, and concludes that a truly sustainable energy policy, as being adopted in Germany, should be the long-term solution to pollution and global warming."

Supported by: Mr Kenny MacAskill, Alex Neil, Kay Ullrich, Bruce Crawford, Nicola Sturgeon, Shona Robison, Michael Matheson, Andrew Wilson, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Mr John McAllion, Dennis Canavan, Ms Margo MacDonald, Colin Campbell, Tricia Marwick, Michael Russell, Fergus Ewing, Christine Grahame, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Adam Ingram, Cathy Jamieson, Tommy Sheridan, Robin Harper, Donald Gorrie, Mr John Munro, Dr Sylvia Jackson, Brian Adam, Dr Winnie Ewing, Mr Gil Paterson, Ms Sandra White

S1M-1044 Linda Fabiani: Scottish Criminal Records Office Checks on Voluntary Organisations—That the Parliament notes the previously stated intention of the Scottish Executive to make Scottish Criminal Records Office checks mandatory for those working with children in Scotland and that there is now to be a delay in implementation; welcomes the introduction of the checks, but notes that the charges for these checks will place a weighty burden upon voluntary organisations; calls upon the Scottish Executive to take the opportunity afforded by the delay in the implementation of the scheme to examine possible avenues for exempting voluntary organisations from those charges, and asks that the current working party also considers this.

Supported by: Nicola Sturgeon, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Gil Paterson, Alex Neil, Ms Sandra White, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Christine Grahame, Brian Adam, Colin Campbell, Mr John Swinney, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Nora Radcliffe, Fiona McLeod, Andrew Wilson, Irene McGugan, Robert Brown, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Donald Gorrie, Shona Robison, Michael Russell, Fergus Ewing, Dennis Canavan, Robin Harper, Tricia Marwick, Tommy Sheridan, Mr David Davidson, David Mundell

S1M-1043 Dorothy-Grace Elder: Steeplejacks—That the Parliament pays tribute to the skills of the nation’s steeplejacks who maintain our monuments, churches and major buildings and undertake work which makes them "heroes on high" and, in particular, pays tribute to Mr Mick Hatton, who lost his life while working at Edinburgh Castle and sends its tribute and respects to Mr Hatton’s family at their time of sorrow.

Supported by: Andrew Wilson, Fergus Ewing, Tricia Marwick, Tommy Sheridan

S1M-1042 Cathy Jamieson: Breast Feeding and Returning to Work—That the Parliament congratulates the Scottish Executive on its adoption of the Scottish Breastfeeding Group (SBG) code of practice on breastfeeding and returning to work and urges all employers in Scotland to adopt the code and the SBG recommendations on its implementation.

Supported by: Marilyn Livingstone, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Christine Grahame, Nora Radcliffe, Pauline McNeill, Alex Neil, Maureen Macmillan, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Scott Barrie, Irene Oldfather, Cathie Craigie, Malcolm Chisholm, Karen Whitefield, Elaine Smith, Margaret Jamieson, Mr Gil Paterson, Trish Godman, Rhoda Grant, Fiona Hyslop, Dr Elaine Murray, Tommy Sheridan, Dr Richard Simpson, Cathy Peattie

S1M-1041 Cathy Jamieson: Forgotten Children Campaign—That the Parliament supports the "Forgotten Children Campaign" launched by Save the Children to draw attention to the suffering of the 20 million children who have been forced from their homes by war and urges all MSPs to donate photographs as a contribution to the campaign’s "Portrait Pledge Photographs" initiative.

Supported by: Marilyn Livingstone, Dr Sylvia Jackson, Nora Radcliffe, Fiona McLeod, Alex Neil, Maureen Macmillan, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Scott Barrie, Donald Gorrie, Irene McGugan, Ms Sandra White, Elaine Smith, Mike Watson, Margaret Jamieson, Trish Godman, Rhoda Grant, Tommy Sheridan, Dr Richard Simpson, Cathy Peattie, Mr Kenneth Gibson

S1M-1040# Cathy Jamieson: Food Safety—That the Parliament congratulates the Co-operative Wholesale Society (CWS) in surveying the views of consumers regarding food quality and food safety; notes that this survey revealed consumer concerns regarding intensive farming methods, pesticide contamination, food advertising directed at children, the use of sewage as a fertiliser, the use of animal by-products in animal feed, the excessive use of artificial colourings and flavourings and the exploitation of Third World farmers by multi-national food companies; further notes that the CWS is now conducting further inquiries to identify how consumers concerns on food safety can be addressed, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to work with the CWS in identifying initiatives to address the concerns of Scottish consumers in relation to food safety. R

Supported by: Marilyn Livingstone, Dr Sylvia Jackson, Pauline McNeill, Maureen Macmillan, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Scott Barrie, Donald Gorrie, Shona Robison, Malcolm Chisholm, Karen Whitefield, Elaine Smith, Mike Watson, Margaret Jamieson, Trish Godman, Robin Harper, Rhoda Grant, Dr Elaine Murray, Tommy Sheridan, Dr Richard Simpson, Cathy Peattie

S1M-1039 Brian Adam: Moratorium on GM Crop Farm Scale Trials—That the Parliament notes with concern the importation of GM contaminated seed; regrets the Scottish Executive’s decision to proceed with the GM crop trial despite substantial concerns; has no confidence in the farm scale trial currently underway at Daviot, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to abandon the trial and introduce immediately a moratorium on further farm scale trials.

Supported by: Ms Sandra White, Fergus Ewing, Colin Campbell, Mr John Swinney, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Alex Neil, Irene McGugan, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Linda Fabiani, Shona Robison, Michael Russell, Andrew Wilson, Mr Gil Paterson, Richard Lochhead, Alasdair Morgan, Tricia Marwick, Mr John Munro, Tommy Sheridan

S1M-1038 Trish Godman: Threatened Closure of Royal Ordnance Bishopton—That the Parliament warmly commends the shop stewards at the Royal Ordinance Factory Bishopton and their trade unions for their wholly admirable and substantial campaign to maintain the manufacture of military propellants and related products at the plant; firmly believes that, even at this late date, BAE Systems should have the courage to rescind its earlier and unwise decision to close the plant, and further believes that such a change of heart would make good sense because it would allow for the retention of the last propellant manufacturing facility in the United Kingdom.

Supported by: Hugh Henry, Mr Duncan McNeil, Brian Adam R, Nora Radcliffe, Maureen Macmillan, Donald Gorrie, Michael Russell, Rhoda Grant

S1M-1037# Colin Campbell: Support for Ferguson Shipbuilders Ltd. Port Glasgow—That the Parliament notes that the Ferguson Shipbuilders Ltd. Port Glasgow shipyard is currently bidding for an order to build a ferry for Northlink; recognises that this order will guarantee continued work for the 400 strong workforce for up to two years; recognises the yard’s position as a major employer in the Inverclyde area; further recognises the detrimental effect which the closure of the yard would have on local businesses and the local economy; congratulates the yard on its reputation as a high quality shipbuilder, as recognised by the ranking in the top three in the world in its class of the Ferguson-built Research Vessel Scotia by the major defence contractor Lockheed Martin; acknowledges that the Northlink order is vital to secure a future for the yard and its highly skilled and committed workforce, and expresses total support for Ferguson Shipbuilders in bidding for this order and future work.

Supported by: Nicola Sturgeon, Alex Neil, John Scott, Ms Sandra White, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Andrew Welsh, Roseanna Cunningham, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Fergus Ewing, Christine Grahame, Michael Russell, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Bruce Crawford, Mr John Swinney, Ms Margo MacDonald, Shona Robison, Dr Winnie Ewing, Mr Duncan McNeil, Brian Adam, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Fiona McLeod, Andrew Wilson, Michael Matheson, Miss Annabel Goldie, Nick Johnston, Kay Ullrich, John Young, Mr Adam Ingram, Alex Fergusson, Trish Godman, Donald Gorrie, Tricia Marwick, Tommy Sheridan, Mr David Davidson, Mr Kenneth Gibson

S1M-1028 Mr Adam Ingram: Road Traffic Fine Revenue —That the Parliament notes that over the last three financial years over £23 million has been collected by the Scottish Courts in fines for traffic offences; further notes that this money is paid to Her Majesty's Treasury in London; believes that this money should not be redirected south of the Border but should be spent in Scotland, and therefore calls upon the Scottish Executive to take steps to ensure that monies collected in fines for road traffic offences in Scotland are made available to local government to re-invest in the transport infrastructure.

Supported by: Alex Neil, Mr John Swinney, Shona Robison, Christine Grahame, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Fergus Ewing, Brian Adam, Colin Campbell, Fiona McLeod, Andrew Wilson, Michael Matheson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Michael Russell, Ms Sandra White, Mr Gil Paterson, Donald Gorrie, Alasdair Morgan, Tricia Marwick, Fiona Hyslop, Tommy Sheridan

S1M-1025# Christine Grahame: Cashmere in Crisis—That the Parliament notes the continuing threat to the Borders cashmere industry which puts at risk 2,000 jobs directly and 40 companies with current orders worth £21 million; is not satisfied that all measures have been taken by Her Majesty’s Government through the European Commission to resolve the recurring trade dispute, and urges the Scottish Executive to convey this message in the strongest possible terms to Her Majesty’s Government.

Supported by: Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr John Swinney, Ms Margo MacDonald, Alex Neil, Brian Adam, Michael Russell, Shona Robison, Dr Winnie Ewing, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Fergus Ewing, Colin Campbell, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Andrew Wilson, Michael Matheson, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Ms Sandra White, Mr Gil Paterson, Robin Harper, Tricia Marwick, Fiona Hyslop

S1M-1023# Mr Andrew Welsh: Failure to Reinstate Arbroath to Assisted Area Status—That the Parliament notes with concern the decision not to reinstate Arbroath to the Assisted Area boundary proposals; recognises the strength of Arbroath’s case for re-inclusion and the potentially devastating effect exclusion could have on the local economy; understands that, whilst this is a reserved matter, the Scottish Executive has worked closely with the Scotland Office and the Department of Trade and Industry in formulating the Assisted Area map in Scotland; requests that the Scottish Executive state clearly the criteria on which this decision was made, and invites the Executive to seek reconsideration of this decision.

Supported by: Richard Lochhead, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Mr Adam Ingram, Tricia Marwick, Irene McGugan, Alex Neil, Shona Robison, Christine Grahame, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Brian Adam, Colin Campbell, Mr John Swinney, Fiona McLeod, Andrew Wilson, Alex Johnstone, Ms Sandra White, Mr Gil Paterson, Tommy Sheridan, Ben Wallace

S1M-1022 Tommy Sheridan: North Lanarkshire Council Direct Labour Organisation—That the Parliament notes the improved performance of North Lanarkshire Council Direct Labour Organisation (DLO) which produced a surplus of £1.59 million in financial year 1999-2000 and is estimated to produce a surplus of £1.457 million in the current financial year, despite being expected to trade internally for only nine months; congratulates the workforce for their tremendous efforts in turning around a serious deficit two years ago into a healthy surplus, which will provide extra finance for North Lanarkshire Council either to improve council services to the citizens of North Lanarkshire or reduce any council tax rises for the citizens of the area; calls upon the Scottish Executive in the light of this excellent performance by the DLO workforce to lift the statutory determination which is forcing the council to privatise its DLO service and workforce; recognises the immense benefits to local authority areas of DLOs, and believes that the current statutory determination being imposed on North Lanarkshire is completely unnecessary and does not represent best value for the citizens of the North Lanarkshire Council area.

S1M-1021 Mr Jamie Stone: Salmon Farming Industry—That the Parliament notes the vital contribution to the fragile local economy of Sutherland made by Scottish-owned salmon farming companies and urges the Scottish Executive to examine ways that the regulatory framework as applied to the salmon farming industry can be streamlined and simplified for the benefit of the industry, environment and ultimately customers.

Supported by: Nora Radcliffe, Donald Gorrie, Fergus Ewing, John Scott

S1M-1020 Richard Lochhead: British-Irish Council and Aberdeen—That the Parliament calls upon the Scottish Executive to choose the City of Aberdeen as the location for the first meeting in Scotland of the British-Irish council, in recognition of the contribution made to the forging of links between Scotland and Ireland by the University of Aberdeen’s recently established Research Institute of Irish and Scottish Studies under the stewardship of Professor Tom Devine, and congratulates the Institute on the success of its recent Irish-Scottish Forum which brought politicians, academics, journalists and others together for discussion.

Supported by: David McLetchie, Fiona McLeod, Mr Adam Ingram, Tricia Marwick, Nora Radcliffe, Alex Neil, Irene McGugan, Brian Adam, Mr Mike Rumbles, Alex Johnstone, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Shona Robison, Colin Campbell, Andrew Wilson, Michael Matheson, Mr Kenny MacAskill

S1M-1018 Colin Campbell: German Closure of Nuclear Power Stations—That the Parliament notes that the German Government has reached agreement with its nuclear industry companies to terminate the operation of its nuclear power generating stations within their current life-span and that within 20 years the hazard of nuclear generated power will no longer be present in Germany; congratulates the German Government on this environmentally progressive step, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to make representations to Her Majesty’s Government to consider a similar policy in these isles.

Supported by: Mr Kenneth Gibson, Michael Russell, Tommy Sheridan, Linda Fabiani, Fiona McLeod, Richard Lochhead, Mr Adam Ingram, Tricia Marwick, Alex Neil, Mr Gil Paterson, Ms Margo MacDonald, Ms Sandra White, Mr Andrew Welsh, Roseanna Cunningham, Fergus Ewing, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Christine Grahame, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Bruce Crawford, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Mr John Swinney, Shona Robison, Nicola Sturgeon, Dr Winnie Ewing, Brian Adam, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Andrew Wilson, Mr Kenny MacAskill

S1M-1017 Mr Brian Monteith: Healthy Fathering Initiative—That the Parliament notes that Sunday 18 June is the first "Fathers Day" of the new Millennium; welcomes the role of the Healthy Fathering Initiative project initiated by the Aberlour Child Care Trust in promoting better ways to involve fathers in their children’s lives, and recognises the important input of fathers to a stable family life.

Supported by: David McLetchie, Phil Gallie, Nora Radcliffe

S1M-1016 Nick Johnston: Smoking Risks—That the Parliament notes the research by Dr Caroline Blackwell of Edinburgh University, which shows that babies of parents who smoke are at risk of developing meningitis; further notes that Meningococcal septicaemia is the second biggest killer of children aged under 4; regrets the less than helpful propaganda of smoking pressure groups, particularly with regard to passive smoking, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to do all in its power to curb smoking and to target more effective health campaigns at 25-35 year olds.

Supported by: Ben Wallace, Mary Scanlon, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Pauline McNeill, Richard Lochhead, Nora Radcliffe, Robert Brown, Alex Fergusson, Donald Gorrie, Mr Michael McMahon, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Christine Grahame, Brian Adam, Fiona McLeod, Michael Matheson, Mr David Davidson, Fergus Ewing, Robin Harper, Dr Richard Simpson

S1M-1013# Alex Neil: North Lanarkshire DLO—That the Parliament believes that the Scottish Executive should take urgent action to (a) stop the privatisation of the North Lanarkshire Direct Labour Organisation (DLO), (b) state who was responsible for issuing a 19B Notice to North Lanarkshire Council, (c) retract the 19B Notice with immediate effect and (d) carry out an investigation into the implications of privatisation of the DLO for the tax payer.

Supported by: Linda Fabiani, Michael Matheson, Mr Gil Paterson, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Michael Russell, Mr Adam Ingram, Tricia Marwick, Christine Grahame, Brian Adam, Colin Campbell, Fiona McLeod, Andrew Wilson, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Ms Sandra White

S1M-1012 Mr Keith Harding: Job Losses at Glenrothes, Fife—That the Parliament notes with regret that Canon Manufacturing UK Ltd is to cease production at its Glenrothes plant with the loss of almost 200 jobs and welcomes the setting up of a task force involving the local authority and enterprise agencies in a bid to help the workforce find alternative employment as soon as possible.

Supported by: Nick Johnston, Mr Adam Ingram, Tricia Marwick, Phil Gallie, Mr Gil Paterson, Andrew Wilson, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Alex Fergusson, Mr Brian Monteith

S1M-1011 Michael Russell: Marr College—That the Parliament congratulates Marr College, Troon on its outstanding sporting success in the 1999-2000 session, which includes the Scottish schoolgirls championship in hockey, the award to its 1st XV rugby team of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Scottish Rugby Magazine "Team of the Year" award and no less than four Scottish Championships in volleyball, as well as two runner up awards, and expresses its concern that such excellence will be at risk if proposed staffing cuts eliminate elements of extra curricular sports, particularly in the area of girls’ hockey where the current Scottish Champions may not even be able to defend their title in the coming season.

Supported by: John Scott, Fiona McLeod, Mr Adam Ingram, Tricia Marwick, Phil Gallie, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Colin Campbell, Alex Neil, Andrew Wilson, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Donald Gorrie, Mr Kenneth Gibson

S1M-1010 Colin Campbell: Royal Ordnance Factory, Bishopton—That the Parliament supports the workforce of the Royal Ordnance Factory, Bishopton in their efforts to retain munitions propellant manufacturing in the United Kingdom.

Supported by: Mr Kenneth Gibson, Ms Margo MacDonald, Mr Andrew Welsh, Michael Matheson, Ms Sandra White, Roseanna Cunningham, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Nicola Sturgeon, Christine Grahame, Andrew Wilson, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Tricia Marwick, Fergus Ewing, Fiona Hyslop, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Michael Russell, Linda Fabiani, Alasdair Morgan, Fiona McLeod, Mr Adam Ingram, Phil Gallie, Alex Neil, Donald Gorrie, Mr Gil Paterson, Shona Robison, Dr Winnie Ewing, Brian Adam R, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Alex Fergusson, Miss Annabel Goldie, Ben Wallace

S1M-1005# John Scott: Ailsa Troon Shipyard—That the Parliament notes with grave concern the threat posed to 95 jobs at Ailsa Troon shipbuilders caused by the delay by the Ministry of Defence in giving clearance for the shipyard to commence construction of the balance of an order for 10 landing craft, and asks the Scottish Executive to make representations to Her Majesty’s Government to bring forward the landing craft contracts.

Supported by: Mr Murray Tosh, David Mundell, Alex Johnstone, Alex Fergusson, Phil Gallie, David McLetchie, Michael Russell, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Mr Brian Monteith, Nick Johnston, Mr Adam Ingram, Alex Neil, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Shona Robison, Dr Winnie Ewing, Christine Grahame, Colin Campbell, Andrew Wilson, Michael Matheson, Mr David Davidson, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Ms Sandra White, Euan Robson, Bill Aitken, Mary Scanlon

S1M-1003 Mr Adam Ingram: Dog Fouling—That the Parliament believes that the provisions of the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 with regard to the offence of dog fouling are insufficient to control the behaviour of irresponsible dog owners and to protect the public against the growing health menace caused by dog fouling; notes that the provisions of Westminster legislation contained in the Dogs (Fouling of Land) Act 1996 make it an offence not to clean up after one’s dog in designated public places and allows local authorities to authorise contracted dog wardens to issue fixed penalty notices to offenders, and believes that equivalent legislation in Scotland should be introduced to effectively deter and punish dog fouling offences.

Supported by: Mr Kenneth Gibson, Michael Russell, Nora Radcliffe, Robert Brown, Alex Neil, Donald Gorrie, Mr Gil Paterson, Brian Adam, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Andrew Wilson, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Robin Harper, Ms Sandra White, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Bruce Crawford, Tricia Marwick

S1M-1002 Christine Grahame: Licence applications from Scotland regarding the Climate Change Levy—That the Parliament calls upon the Scottish Executive to make representations to Her Majesty’s Government as a matter of urgency to determine whether the projected Department of Trade and Industry estimate of 10,000 licence applications for exemptions from the Climate Change Levy as contrasted with the estimate of 600,000 by the business community has any merit and to determine the proportionate figures for Scotland.

Supported by: Fergus Ewing, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Ms Sandra White, Mr Adam Ingram, Tricia Marwick, Alex Neil, Mr Gil Paterson, Brian Adam, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Andrew Wilson, Mr Kenny MacAskill

S1M-1001 Christine Grahame: IT Staffing for the Administration of Climate Change Licences—That the Parliament notes that applications for exemptions from the Climate Change Levy must be lodged by December; understands that there are no provisions for slippage in meeting the deadline for exemptions of December 2000 and for the levy itself of 1 April 2001, and urges the Scottish Executive to satisfy itself that there will be sufficient IT staff recruited to process applications.

Supported by: Fergus Ewing, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Ms Sandra White, Mr Adam Ingram, Tricia Marwick, Alex Neil, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Brian Adam, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Andrew Wilson, Mr Kenny MacAskill

S1M-1000# Cathie Craigie: National Lottery and Coalfield Regeneration—That the Parliament notes the publication by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport of research into the impact of the National Lottery on coalfield communities; acknowledges the contribution made by coal mining and coal miners to the economic, social and political development of Scotland, and urges the Scottish Executive to work with the National Lottery Charities Board’s Scotland committee to maximise access to Lottery funding for, and work towards the regeneration of, Scottish coalfield areas, including Kilsyth and its surrounding villages.

Supported by: Dr Sylvia Jackson, Cathy Jamieson, Janis Hughes, Margaret Jamieson, Donald Gorrie, Mike Watson, Mr Jamie Stone, Mr John McAllion, Pauline McNeill, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Helen Eadie, Alex Neil, Mr Michael McMahon, Elaine Smith, Karen Whitefield, Johann Lamont, Marilyn Livingstone, Tricia Marwick, Mr Gil Paterson, Trish Godman, Dr Richard Simpson, Cathy Peattie

S1M-998 Dr Elaine Murray: Jubilee 2000—That the Parliament congratulates the Jubilee 2000 cyclists on completion of their round Britain cycle ride, organised to draw public attention to the issue of Third World debt and the need for cancellation of those countries’ debts in order that progress can be made in improving the education, housing and health services available to their citizens; notes the progress made by Her Majesty’s Government in cancelling the debt of a number of countries, and urges other G7 nations to follow suit.

Supported by: Trish Godman, Mr John McAllion, Malcolm Chisholm, Irene Oldfather, Linda Fabiani, Pauline McNeill, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Nora Radcliffe, Donald Gorrie, Mr Michael McMahon, Elaine Smith, Cathy Jamieson, Johann Lamont, Maureen Macmillan, Robin Harper, Rhoda Grant, David Mundell, Mr Murray Tosh, Alex Fergusson, Mary Scanlon

S1M-997 Mr David Davidson: Diabetes UK—That the Parliament notes the British Diabetics Association’s change of name to Diabetes UK to coincide with National Diabetes Week beginning on 12 June 2000; recognises its achievements in Scotland, and offers its encouragement in its future endeavours to maximise support for Scottish diabetics and their families.

Supported by: David Mundell, Shona Robison, Christine Grahame, Mr John McAllion, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Jamie McGrigor, David McLetchie, Irene McGugan, Michael Russell, Pauline McNeill, Richard Lochhead, Mr Adam Ingram, Phil Gallie, Robert Brown, Alex Fergusson, Mr Michael McMahon, Karen Whitefield, Cathy Jamieson, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Andrew Wilson, Donald Gorrie, Dr Winnie Ewing, Nick Johnston, Robin Harper, Ms Sandra White, Mary Scanlon

S1M-996 Mr Jamie Stone: "Clawback" of Private Pensions—That the Parliament notes the apparent unfairness of "clawback" which applies to some private companies’ pension schemes and calls upon the Scottish Executive to make representations to Her Majesty’s Government in order that this issue be investigated and resolved.

Supported by: Pauline McNeill, Alex Neil, Dr Winnie Ewing, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Ian Jenkins, Christine Grahame, Donald Gorrie, Fergus Ewing, Ms Sandra White, Mr Kenneth Gibson

S1M-995 Dr Sylvia Jackson: Renewable Energy and Domestic Wind Turbines—That the Parliament recognises the tremendous economic potential and benefits to the environment that renewable energy can bring to Scotland; notes that the reduction to five per cent of VAT on the installation of energy saving materials excludes domestic wind turbines, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to show its commitment to renewable energy by making representations to the UK Government to change this glaring anomaly, in order to benefit both the Scottish environment and the Scottish economy.

Supported by: Elaine Thomson, Linda Fabiani, Cathy Jamieson, Margaret Jamieson, Donald Gorrie, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Mike Watson, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Mr Jamie Stone, Rhoda Grant, Cathy Peattie, Mr John McAllion, Tommy Sheridan, Maureen Macmillan, Alasdair Morgan, Fiona McLeod, Pauline McNeill, Richard Lochhead, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Mr Adam Ingram, Robert Brown, Alex Neil, Dr Winnie Ewing, Elaine Smith, Marilyn Livingstone, Ian Jenkins, Christine Grahame, Brian Adam, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Scott Barrie, Malcolm Chisholm, Ms Sandra White, Mr Gil Paterson, Trish Godman, Dr Elaine Murray, Ms Margo MacDonald, Dr Richard Simpson

S1M-993 Dorothy-Grace Elder: Glasgow the Caring City: International Relief Aid—That the Parliament congratulates "Glasgow the Caring City: International Relief Aid" on the remarkable sum of £2 million worth of aid raised for Kosovo and conveys its admiration for the heartening manner in which the Scottish faiths have worked together on this humanitarian project, namely the Church of Scotland, the Glasgow Archdiocese of the Roman Catholic Church, the Jewish communities of Glasgow and the Muslim communities of Glasgow.

Supported by: Christine Grahame, Ms Sandra White, Michael Matheson, Andrew Wilson, Michael Russell, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Alex Neil, Ms Margo MacDonald, Dennis Canavan, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Shona Robison, Fiona McLeod, Pauline McNeill, Mr Adam Ingram, Tricia Marwick, Mr Gil Paterson, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh

S1M-992# Mr Jamie McGrigor: Lingerbay Quarry Planning Application—That the Parliament notes with concern the delay in reaching a decision over the outstanding planning application for the Lingerbay Quarry, Harris; notes that the original planning inquiry was concluded in June 1995; agrees that the delay in reaching a decision is both unacceptable and is causing substantial uncertainty throughout the Western Isles; further notes that the First Minister gave an assurance at a public meeting in 1999 in Stornaway that the decision would be reached in a matter of months, and asks that the Scottish Executive treat the matter of reaching a decision as a priority and inform the Parliament of its timetable for doing so.

Supported by: Mr Brian Monteith, David Mundell, David McLetchie, Mr Murray Tosh, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Alex Johnstone, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Mr David Davidson, Bill Aitken, Miss Annabel Goldie, Nick Johnston, Mary Scanlon, John Young, Mr Keith Harding, Mr John Munro, Mr Jamie Stone, Michael Russell, Linda Fabiani, Phil Gallie, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Alex Fergusson, Donald Gorrie

S1M-991# Christine Grahame: Impact of Climate Change Levy on Borders Economy—That the Parliament recognises that many small- to medium-sized businesses, particularly those located in rural areas, are unaware that the Climate Change Levy (CCL) is due to be imposed on 1 April 2001 and that this will have a substantial adverse impact on their operating costs and put many businesses in jeopardy; notes that it will affect, in particular, textiles, farming and electronics manufacture in areas such as the Scottish Borders, and urges the Scottish Executive, as a matter of urgency, to review the whole issue of CCL which will penalise even those who are already meeting Kyoto targets for carbon emissions and those who have no carbon emissions from their business enterprises.

Supported by: Fergus Ewing, Linda Fabiani, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Michael Russell, Fiona McLeod, Mr Adam Ingram, Tricia Marwick, Alex Fergusson, Alex Neil, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Ms Sandra White, Mr Kenneth Gibson

S1M-990 Mr Duncan Hamilton: Highland Council Housing Stock Transfer—That the Parliament commends Highland Council for the recent public consultation exercise carried out to examine the options available for the future management and ownership of the council’s housing stock; recognises the overwhelming satisfaction of Highland Council tenants with their council landlord and the desire of these tenants for ownership and management of their homes to remain with the council; notes the injustice felt by Highland Council that solutions to the indebtedness of councils are only available if stock transfer takes place, and calls upon the Scottish Executive and Her Majesty’s Government to address the council’s housing debt to enable it to continue to provide a quality housing service.

Supported by: Fergus Ewing, Tommy Sheridan, Robin Harper, Donald Gorrie, Michael Russell, Richard Lochhead, Mr Adam Ingram, Tricia Marwick, Alex Neil, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr John Munro, Brian Adam, Andrew Wilson, Michael Matheson, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Dr Winnie Ewing, Ms Sandra White, Fiona Hyslop, Mr Kenneth Gibson

S1M-989 Dorothy-Grace Elder: Scotswoman of the Year—That the Parliament recognises the achievements of Annette MacArthur, Lorraine Mann, Angela Slater, Catherine Campbell, Khadija Coll, Ina Rennie, Lorraine Russell, Janice Eaglesham, Syma Jamil and Isabel Webster in reaching the final of the Scotswoman of the Year Awards; applauds the Evening Times for its hosting of this event for the 38th year, and congratulates Catherine Campbell on becoming Scotswoman of the Year and, through her tremendous work as a breast cancer Sister at Stobhill Hospital, highlighting the suffering of the many women who are afflicted by this terrible illness.

Supported by: Christine Grahame, Alex Neil, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Colin Campbell, Kay Ullrich, Roseanna Cunningham, Michael Russell, Mr John Swinney, Ms Margo MacDonald, Ms Sandra White, Nicola Sturgeon, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Andrew Wilson, Linda Fabiani, Donald Gorrie, Fiona Hyslop, Fiona McLeod, Mr Adam Ingram, Tricia Marwick, Mr Gil Paterson, Michael Matheson, Mr Kenny MacAskill

S1M-986# Tommy Sheridan: Coffee Shops—That the Parliament supports the Westminster motion sponsored by Paul Flynn MP that cannabis coffee shops should be set up along the Dutch model; recognises that doing so would help break the connection between cannabis use and more dangerous and addictive drugs like heroin; further notes that such a measure would effectively take the cannabis market out of housing estates and residential areas and into licensed premises which could be properly regulated; further recognises that such a move would greatly reduce the overall harm caused by the illegal market in cannabis, and believes that the Scottish Executive should put Scotland at the forefront of such an experiment.

Supported by: Donald Gorrie

S1M-982# Christine Grahame: Alcohol Misuse—That the Parliament recognises that there are estimated to be 200,000 people in Scotland who misuse alcohol; notes that in the past 25 years there has been an increase in the number of deaths for which alcohol is the recorded cause of death of 760% for females and 552% for males; notes further that the figure for the number of children using alcohol is up to 64% in the 12 to 15 age group, and urges the Scottish Executive to give a higher profile to this addiction which has substantial costs both financially and otherwise to both the individual, their families and society at large.

Supported by: Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Alex Neil, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Tommy Sheridan, Robin Harper, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Andrew Wilson, Dr Elaine Murray, Fergus Ewing, Linda Fabiani, Michael Russell, Shona Robison, Irene McGugan, Donald Gorrie, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Ms Sandra White, Rhoda Grant, Maureen Macmillan, Nick Johnston, Fiona Hyslop, Fiona McLeod, Pauline McNeill, Richard Lochhead, Mr Adam Ingram, Tricia Marwick, Nora Radcliffe, Robert Brown, Mr Gil Paterson, Nicola Sturgeon, Brian Adam, Michael Matheson, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Ms Margo MacDonald, Mary Scanlon, David Mundell

S1M-981# Fiona McLeod: Scotland Bid For Euro 2008—That the Parliament recognises that hosting a major sporting event like the European Football Championships brings economic and social benefit to the host nation and resolves to work with all other interested parties and organisations to develop a bid for Scotland to host the 2008 European Football Championships.

Supported by: Mr Kenneth Gibson, Mr Andrew Welsh, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Andrew Wilson, Fergus Ewing, Linda Fabiani, Shona Robison, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Ms Sandra White, Irene McGugan, Richard Lochhead, Mr Adam Ingram, Tricia Marwick, Alex Neil, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr John Swinney, Nicola Sturgeon, Brian Adam, Michael Matheson, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Dr Winnie Ewing, Fiona Hyslop

S1M-980 Christine Grahame: Web-cast of Parliament Proceedings—That the Parliament recommends that the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body continue web-casts without interruption in order that its broadcasting unit remains at the cutting edge of parliamentary broadcasting.

Supported by: Alex Neil, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Andrew Wilson, Linda Fabiani, Fergus Ewing, Shona Robison, Michael Russell, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Mr John McAllion, Fiona McLeod, Pauline McNeill, Richard Lochhead, Mr Michael McMahon, Nicola Sturgeon, Ms Sandra White, Tricia Marwick

S1M-979# Ian Jenkins: Holocaust Remembrance—That the Parliament welcomes the opening to the public of the Holocaust exhibition at the Imperial War Museum on 7 June; acknowledges the four years of preparation which has gone into the creation of the exhibition; recognises the importance of educational and cultural programmes and activities in promoting knowledge and remembrance of the suffering experienced during the Holocaust; recognises the particular importance of film, literature and the arts in remembrance of the Holocaust, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to work in partnership with public bodies, academic institutions, cultural organisations, community groups and religious organisations to promote a national programme of Holocaust remembrance.

Supported by: Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Hugh Henry, David Mundell, Helen Eadie, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Karen Whitefield, Mr Andrew Welsh, Tommy Sheridan, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Andrew Wilson, Michael Russell, Dr Elaine Murray, Fergus Ewing, Shona Robison, Mary Scanlon, Donald Gorrie, Trish Godman, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Mr Jamie Stone, Rhoda Grant, Mr Brian Monteith, Cathy Jamieson, Mr John McAllion, Maureen Macmillan, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Nick Johnston, Fiona McLeod, Pauline McNeill, Richard Lochhead, Alex Neil, Mr Michael McMahon, Christine Grahame, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Michael Matheson, Mr David Davidson, Mr Gil Paterson, Ms Sandra White, Dr Richard Simpson, Cathy Peattie, Ben Wallace

S1M-978 Dorothy-Grace Elder: Volunteers Week—That the Parliament expresses its admiration and gratitude in Volunteers Week for the dedication of the hundreds of volunteers who keep the Children’s Panel system going in Glasgow and throughout Scotland; acknowledges the sensitivity and kindness of panel members and reporters in handling cases, some of which are harrowing, with wisdom and genuine concern, and believes that the Children’s Panel system has been an outstanding success.

Supported by: Christine Grahame, Alex Neil, Tommy Sheridan, Robin Harper, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Andrew Wilson, Shona Robison, Donald Gorrie, Michael Russell, Irene McGugan, Pauline McNeill, Mr Adam Ingram, Tricia Marwick, Nora Radcliffe, Robert Brown, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Fiona Hyslop

S1M-977# Michael Matheson: Nuclear Test Veterans—That the Parliament recognises the role played by service personnel during the UK’s nuclear test programme in the 1950’s; notes the possible correlation between participation in the tests and the development of subsequent illnesses; congratulates the British Nuclear Test Veterans Association on highlighting the concerns of test veterans and Sue Rabbit-Roff on her research into the health effects associated with participation in the tests; further notes the actions of those governments which have compensated their nuclear veterans, and invites the Scottish Executive to make representations to Her Majesty’s Government calling for suitable compensation for British Nuclear Veterans.

Supported by: Mr Andrew Welsh, Colin Campbell, Bruce Crawford, Brian Adam, Fergus Ewing, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Roseanna Cunningham, Andrew Wilson, Ms Sandra White, Tricia Marwick, Christine Grahame, Alex Neil, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Tommy Sheridan, Robin Harper, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Shona Robison, Irene McGugan, Donald Gorrie, Michael Russell, Cathy Peattie, Mr John McAllion, Linda Fabiani, Fiona Hyslop, Fiona McLeod, Richard Lochhead, Nicola Sturgeon, Mr Adam Ingram, Robert Brown, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr John Swinney, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Kay Ullrich, Dr Winnie Ewing

S1M-976# Johann Lamont: Glasgow Internal Transport Service—That the Parliament notes the importance of an effective and responsive local authority internal transport service to many people with learning disabilities, physical disabilities and special needs in Pollok, Glasgow and Scotland; congratulates the users, carers and providers of Glasgow’s internal transport service in building a crucial partnership through the Parallel Transport Liaison Group which is shaping the development of the service and was central in designing the pioneering fleet of buses which are now coming into use; applauds Glasgow City Council for its willingness to listen to and work with those who know best what service needs are and urges the Scottish Executive and the appropriate committees of the Parliament to examine the process developed in Glasgow in order to inform best practice across Scotland, a practice which empowers the users of the service and, as a consequence, ensures that the service puts the users at the centre and delivers real "best value".

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan, Robin Harper, Malcolm Chisholm, Mike Watson, Margaret Jamieson, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Elaine Smith, Dr Sylvia Jackson, Cathy Jamieson, Mr John McAllion, Pauline McNeill, Nora Radcliffe, Robert Brown, Ms Sandra White, Trish Godman, Dr Richard Simpson

S1M-964# Bruce Crawford: Gulf War Related Illnesses—That the Parliament notes the findings in the British Medical Journal that there may be a strong and identifiable link between the multiple vaccines given to Gulf War troops and the enigmatic and devastating illnesses known as Gulf War Related Illnesses; further notes that this study reinforces several American and Canadian studies which have found a link between service in the Gulf and this illness; believes that, in the light of these recent findings, based on the cases of 900 soldiers, now is an appropriate time to proceed with parliamentary action; acknowledges the disproportionate number of Scottish troops and units who fought in the Gulf War and the resulting disproportionate toll of Gulf War Related Illnesses on Scottish veterans and, in the light of this, urges the Scottish Executive to make representations to Her Majesty's Government to explore all available avenues to alleviate veterans’ ill health and poverty.

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

S1M-963 Dorothy-Grace Elder: Potential Bankruptcy of Glasgow Rape Crisis Centre—That the Parliament deplores and denounces as disgraceful the action of boxing promoter Frank Warren in attempting to demand £10,000 court costs from Glasgow Rape Crisis Centre, an organisation already starved of funds which could have its work with raped women endangered through the actions of a man who is promoting a fight for a millionaire rapist; supports the principled stand of Glasgow Rape Crisis Centre, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to support it in every possible way.

Supported by: Shona Robison, Tommy Sheridan, Alex Neil, Robin Harper, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Andrew Wilson, Donald Gorrie, Michael Russell, Fiona McLeod, Mr Adam Ingram, Tricia Marwick, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Ms Sandra White

S1M-962# Shona Robison: Travel Dundee—That the Parliament notes with concern the actions of Travel Dundee in removing or reducing the bus services on certain routes in Dundee; believes that this reduction in service will affect many people without access to a car, particularly the elderly, and urges Travel Dundee to reconsider this decision as a matter of urgency.

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan, Alex Neil, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Andrew Wilson, Irene McGugan, Fiona McLeod, Richard Lochhead, Mr Adam Ingram, Tricia Marwick, Mr Gil Paterson, Brian Adam, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Ms Sandra White, Mr Kenneth Gibson

S1M-961 Michael Russell: Parthenon Marbles—That the Parliament notes the latest request by the Greek Government for the return of the Parthenon Marbles, which were unlawfully taken from Turkish-occupied Athens almost 200 years ago and which are now held by the British Museum in London; rejects claims by the British Museum that they can look after them more effectively than the people of Greece, these being both patronising and also undermined by recent evidence of defective cleaning work carried out by the Museum on the Marbles; believes that, just as the Scots have received back the Stone of Destiny, so the people of Greece have a right to receive back one of their most important artistic and cultural treasures, and calls upon Her Majesty's Government to return the Marbles to their rightful home in Greece.

Supported by: Shona Robison, Alasdair Morgan, Alex Neil, Andrew Wilson, Fergus Ewing, Linda Fabiani, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Irene McGugan, Donald Gorrie, Ms Sandra White, Bruce Crawford, Richard Lochhead, Mr Adam Ingram, Tricia Marwick, Mr Gil Paterson, Dr Winnie Ewing, Mr John Swinney, Nicola Sturgeon, Colin Campbell, Michael Matheson, Mr Kenny MacAskill

S1M-960# Christine Grahame: Borders Textile Industry—That the Parliament, in recognising the economic plight of the Borders textiles industry, notes the continuing decline with the recent announcement of a further 290 jobs lost with the closure of Laidlaw and Fairgrieve Ltd; further notes the £100 million provided for the former Rover workers, and recommends that the Scottish Executive make immediate representations to Her Majesty's Government for substantial funding to support and develop this core industry.

Supported by: Michael Russell, Colin Campbell, Mr John Swinney, Shona Robison, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Tommy Sheridan, Dr Winnie Ewing, Alex Neil, Robin Harper, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Andrew Wilson, Fergus Ewing, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Fiona Hyslop, Fiona McLeod, Mr Adam Ingram, Tricia Marwick, Mr Gil Paterson, Nicola Sturgeon, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Ms Sandra White

S1M-953 Dorothy-Grace Elder: Cessation of Silicone Implant Operations, Scotland—That the Parliament notes the concern of the European Commission over silicone implant operations; urges the Scottish Executive to demand an immediate cessation of all silicone implant operations in the NHS and in private hospitals in Scotland in accordance with the wishes of campaigners in Scotland and pending the outcome of EC investigations, bearing in mind that around 200,000 legal cases are pending world-wide against silicone manufacturers; further notes that Canada, America and other countries have banned these operations, that Her Majesty's Government’s refusal to ban was controversial after challenges to the impartiality of a Department of Health investigation in 1998, an investigation into female breast implants which was conducted by six male doctors and nine male observers, with women doctors, patients’ groups and nurses excluded from serving on the so called "independent review" and that the same branch of the Health Department which had previously cleared silicone was reporting for a fourth time on the issue, clearing silicone despite pleas from American doctors not to take risks America refused to take, and finally notes that American doctors were so concerned at Her Majesty's Government’s attitude that they flew to London in 1998 to give evidence against silicone, pleaded with Her Majesty's Government not to risk endangering women’s health and cited cases of sick and dying implant patients in the US and of well known women having implants removed.

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan, Michael Russell, Mr Adam Ingram, Alex Neil, Ms Sandra White, Tricia Marwick

S1M-951# Dorothy-Grace Elder: Cancellation of Post Operative Care Appointments at the Glasgow Royal Infirmary—That the Parliament notes claims by the Heart Transplant Patient Support Group that post operative patients have discovered on arrival at Glasgow Royal Infirmary that their appointments have been cancelled; further notes that some of these patients are travelling from as far away as Dunbar, Musselburgh and Dingwall, and believes that there should be an urgent investigation concerning how post operative patients with heart transplants are being dealt with in check ups at Glasgow Royal Infirmary.

Supported by: Donald Gorrie, Shona Robison, Andrew Wilson, Alex Neil, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Tommy Sheridan, Fiona McLeod, Mr Adam Ingram, Tricia Marwick, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Ms Sandra White

S1M-950 Ben Wallace: Dunkirk 60th Anniversary—That the Parliament acknowledges the bravery and heroism of all those involved in the Dunkirk evacuation, expresses its deep gratitude for their actions and passes on its full support and best wishes for all those involved in the 60th anniversary commemoration.

Supported by: Bill Aitken, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Mr Brian Monteith, Bristow Muldoon, David Mundell, Donald Gorrie, Linda Fabiani, Mr Michael McMahon, David McLetchie, Mr Keith Harding, Dr Elaine Murray, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Andrew Wilson, Dr Richard Simpson, Brian Adam, Mr Murray Tosh, Ms Margaret Curran, Trish Godman, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Mr John McAllion, Dr Winnie Ewing, Phil Gallie, Michael Russell, Nick Johnston, Fergus Ewing, Fiona McLeod, Alex Neil, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Mr David Davidson, Ms Sandra White, Mary Scanlon

S1M-949 Mr Brian Monteith: Greenock Morton Football Club—That the Parliament recognises that football plays an important part in our social culture and sporting life; recognises the important contribution made by local football clubs to the communities in which they are based; expresses concern over recent reports of developments at Greenock Morton Football Club; acknowledges that to lose a community asset such as Greenock Morton would be detrimental, not only to its supporters, but also to the community as a whole, and urges club chairman Hugh Scott either to begin to work together in close conjunction with the fans and the local community in order to alleviate all uncertainties and secure a smooth and prosperous future for Greenock Morton, including the swift delivery of the 10,000 all seater stadium that was promised to the fans some time ago, or to sell the club and all its assets, including Cappielow Stadium, to someone who can provide Greenock Morton with the prosperous future that it, and the people of Inverclyde whom it has served for 126 years, richly deserve.

Supported by: Miss Annabel Goldie, Bill Aitken, Mr Keith Harding, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Brian Adam, John Young, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Fiona McLeod, Mary Scanlon, Michael Russell, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, David McLetchie, Mr Adam Ingram, Alex Neil, Mr David Davidson, Mr Gil Paterson, Ben Wallace

S1M-948 Mr Brian Monteith: Hosting the European Football Championship in Scotland—That the Parliament notes that the European Nations Football Championships are being hosted jointly by Belgium and the Netherlands, beginning later this month; calls upon the Scottish Football Association to hold exploratory discussions with its counterparts in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland to examine the feasibility of the three national football associations combining to submit a joint bid to hold the Championships in 2008, and recognises that this would provide a massive boost to domestic football, the tourism industry and the reputation of Scotland world-wide.

Supported by: Bill Aitken, Mr Keith Harding, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Mr Murray Tosh, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Brian Adam, David Mundell, Mary Scanlon, Michael Russell, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Alex Neil, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr David Davidson, David McLetchie, Ben Wallace, Alex Johnstone, John Scott, Alex Fergusson

S1M-947 Robin Harper: OSPAR Convention—That the Parliament notes that Her Majesty’s Government is committed under the OSPAR Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the North-East Atlantic to work towards achieving substantial reductions or elimination of radioactive discharges to the north-east Atlantic by the year 2000 and concentrations in the marine environment close to zero by the year 2020; further notes that Denmark has submitted a draft decision to the annual meeting of the OSPAR Convention to be held in Copenhagen from 26 to 29 June calling for an immediate suspension of the reprocessing of spent nuclear fuel, including at Sellafield and Dounreay; notes that the Danish resolution is supported by Ireland, Iceland and Norway and, in view of the impact of the discharges on the Scottish coastline, therefore joins with Denmark in calling for an end to reprocessing and calls upon the Scottish Executive to transmit this view to Her Majesty’s Government before 26 June. R

Supported by: Donald Gorrie, Linda Fabiani, Tavish Scott, Mr John McAllion, Tommy Sheridan, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Dr Sylvia Jackson, Cathy Peattie, Alex Neil, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Mike Watson, Dr Winnie Ewing, Ms Sandra White, Fergus Ewing, Mr Gil Paterson

S1M-946# Alex Neil: STG Pension Fund—That the Parliament calls upon the trustees of the Scottish Transport Group (STG) Pension Fund to use the surpluses in the fund to provide higher pensions for the former STG employees.

Supported by: Donald Gorrie, Christine Grahame, Cathie Craigie, Mr John McAllion, Dennis Canavan, Tommy Sheridan, Alasdair Morgan, Andrew Wilson, Fergus Ewing, Fiona McLeod, Michael Russell, Elaine Smith, Dr Sylvia Jackson, Cathy Jamieson, Cathy Peattie, Mr Adam Ingram, Tricia Marwick, Mr Gil Paterson, Brian Adam, Michael Matheson, Linda Fabiani, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Ms Sandra White, Mr John Munro, Mr Kenneth Gibson

S1M-945# Alex Neil: Dangerous Driving Offences Sentencing—That the Parliament calls upon the Scottish Executive to undertake an urgent review of its sentencing policy in relation to dangerous driving offences, in particular where a fatality has occurred.

Supported by: Donald Gorrie, Linda Fabiani, Shona Robison, Andrew Wilson, Mr John McAllion, Nora Radcliffe, Tommy Sheridan, Margaret Jamieson, Robin Harper, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Dr Elaine Murray, Fiona McLeod, Michael Russell, Ms Sandra White, Richard Lochhead, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Gil Paterson, Tricia Marwick

S1M-944 Mr Keith Harding: Retaining Rail Stations in Fife—That the Parliament calls upon the Scottish Executive to oppose and reject plans put forward in a report by consultants, The Scott Wilson Group, which recommends the closure of the rail stations at Ladybank, Markinch and Springfield in Fife.

Supported by: Donald Gorrie, Bill Aitken, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Mr Brian Monteith, Nora Radcliffe, Tommy Sheridan, Robin Harper, Nick Johnston, Alex Neil, Mr Gil Paterson, Brian Adam, Ben Wallace

S1M-943 David Mundell: Webcasts of Parliament—That the Parliament congratulates its Broadcasting, IT and Information Systems teams and their service providers on their achievements in providing a webcast service of the Parliament from Glasgow; notes the positive public reaction to the service and its ability to give greater public access to the workings of the Parliament, and looks forward to further webcast services being made available of the Parliament and its committees.

Supported by: Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Helen Eadie, Donald Gorrie, Linda Fabiani, Shona Robison, Bill Aitken, Michael Russell, Christine Grahame, David McLetchie, Alex Fergusson, Mr Keith Harding, Roseanna Cunningham, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Andrew Wilson, Dr Richard Simpson, Mr Murray Tosh, Nick Johnston, Mr Brian Monteith, Mr Duncan McNeil, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Tommy Sheridan, Margaret Jamieson, Elaine Thomson, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Fergus Ewing, Fiona Hyslop, Phil Gallie, Mary Scanlon, Rhoda Grant, Cathy Jamieson, Cathy Peattie, Richard Lochhead, Alex Neil, Fiona McLeod, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Mr David Davidson, Ben Wallace

S1M-941 Nick Johnston: Unrest at Glenochil Prison—That the Parliament notes with dismay the outbreak of unrest at Glenochil Prison in Clackmannanshire, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to initiate measures which will eradicate drugs as a feature in Scotland’s prisons.

Supported by: Bill Aitken, Alex Fergusson, Mr Keith Harding, Mr Brian Monteith, Phil Gallie, David Mundell, David McLetchie, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Mr Murray Tosh, Alex Johnstone, Miss Annabel Goldie, Mr David Davidson, Ben Wallace, John Scott, Mary Scanlon, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton

S1M-940 Trish Godman: Use of Mobile Phones on Trains—That the Parliament deplores the willingness with which many mobile phone users on trains divulge intimate details of their domestic and business affairs to their fellow passengers; notes the increase in the frequency of mobile phone use on trains and the constant inconvenience to non-phone using passengers, and calls upon the rail operators to designate phone free zones on all trains.

Supported by: Ms Margo MacDonald, Donald Gorrie, Mr Michael McMahon, Des McNulty, Mr John McAllion, Robin Harper, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Fergus Ewing, Mr Mike Rumbles, Maureen Macmillan, Richard Lochhead, Alex Neil

S1M-939 Tommy Sheridan: Animal Welfare and the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals—That the Parliament expresses concern at the serious allegations raised by reputable organisations and individuals in relation to animal welfare and the activities of the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals; notes the highlighting of these serious concerns by the Sunday Mail newspaper, and believes that a full public inquiry into these allegations is required to ensure the highest possible quality and standard of care is being delivered to animals in care throughout Scotland.

Supported by: Mr Kenneth Gibson, Roseanna Cunningham, Alex Neil, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Michael Matheson, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Mr Gil Paterson

S1M-938 Mr Adam Ingram: Expenditure on Beach and Coastal Maintenance—That the Parliament notes that only three of Scotland’s beaches have won the European blue flag award; further notes that a mere £0.6 million has been spent by the Scottish Executive on the upkeep of Scotland’s coastline, and that Scotland’s councils have spent considerably more than this on coastal protection and maintenance, despite severe financial constraints; believes that current expenditure levels are insufficient to ensure that more Scottish beaches reach the blue flag standard, and therefore calls upon the Scottish Executive to reconsider budget allocations with a view to ensuring that local authorities can bring more of Scotland’s beaches up to standard.

Supported by: Donald Gorrie, Linda Fabiani, Shona Robison, Christine Grahame, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Roseanna Cunningham, Andrew Wilson, Mr Murray Tosh, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Nora Radcliffe, Alasdair Morgan, Robin Harper, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Michael Russell, Richard Lochhead, Tricia Marwick, Alex Neil, Mr Gil Paterson, Fiona McLeod, Michael Matheson, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Ms Sandra White

S1M-937# Alex Fergusson: Galloway Food Producers Outlet—That the Parliament notes the success of the first Galloway Food Festival held in Wigtown on 27 May 2000; further notes the proposal which emerged from that festival to establish a local food producers’ retail outlet at Gretna, and believes that the Scottish Executive should assist in the initial funding of such an outlet through its pilot project, recently established with organisations and producers in Dumfries and Galloway, to look at developing viable markets for locally produced goods, as referred to in the answer to parliamentary question S1W-6139. R

Supported by: David Mundell, Donald Gorrie, Bill Aitken, Dr Elaine Murray, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Michael Russell, Mr Murray Tosh, Alex Johnstone, Mr Brian Monteith, Alasdair Morgan, Christine Grahame, Nick Johnston, Phil Gallie, Robin Harper, John Scott, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Mr Adam Ingram, Alex Neil, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Mr David Davidson

S1M-936 Mr Keith Harding: Top Award for Fife Beaches—That the Parliament congratulates the Kingdom of Fife on providing all three of the Scottish beaches, at Silver Sands, Aberdour, West Sands, St Andrews and Elie beach, which have been awarded the European Blue Flag, in recognition of their clean water and beach management standards.

Supported by: Bill Aitken, David Mundell, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Mr Brian Monteith, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Nick Johnston, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Mr David Davidson

S1M-934 Irene McGugan: The New Testament in Scots—That the Parliament acknowledges that in translating the New Testament into Scots, William L Lorimer undertook the challenging project of recreating Scots prose and scrutinised upwards of 180 translations in more than 20 languages; notes that his work demonstrates the range, vigour and vitality of which Scots prose is capable, and is not only a remarkable translation but a considerable accomplishment and a notable contribution to our literary and linguistic heritage, and commends Canongate Books for reprinting this publication after 14 years, by popular demand.


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Supported by: Donald Gorrie, Linda Fabiani, Christine Grahame, Andrew Wilson, Brian Adam, Mr Brian Monteith, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Nora Radcliffe, Robin Harper, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Fiona McLeod, Michael Russell, Cathy Peattie, Richard Lochhead, Mr Adam Ingram, Tricia Marwick, Alex Neil, Mr Gil Paterson, Michael Matheson, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Bruce Crawford, Mary Scanlon

S1M-933# Mr John McAllion: Crown Prosecution and the Piper Alpha Disaster—That the Parliament notes that, following the publication of the Cullen Inquiry into the Piper Alpha Disaster, the Crown Office decided not to prosecute the Occidental Oil Company; congratulates Mr Gavin Cleland for his unceasing campaign to hold successive Lord Advocates to account for this decision, and believes that the relationship between the Scottish Parliament and the Crown Office requires further consideration in the light of decisions on the prosecution of companies over breaches of health and safety legislation.

Supported by: Donald Gorrie, Linda Fabiani, Andrew Wilson, Elaine Smith, Alex Neil, Nora Radcliffe, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Tricia Marwick, Dr Elaine Murray, Pauline McNeill, Fiona McLeod, Michael Russell, Ms Sandra White, Cathy Jamieson, Cathy Peattie, Richard Lochhead, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Gil Paterson, Johann Lamont, Brian Adam, Michael Matheson, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Mike Watson, Shona Robison, Helen Eadie, Christine Grahame, Fergus Ewing, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Ms Margaret Curran, Paul Martin

S1M-932# Scott Barrie: Clean Beaches—That the Parliament notes that only three beaches in Scotland have been awarded the European Blue Flag for clean water; that all of the three beaches are in Fife, at Aberdour, Elie and St Andrews; congratulates East of Scotland Water and particularly Fife Council on their efforts in this regard, and believes that the Scottish Executive, the three water utilities and all coast line local authorities should work together to ensure that next year the number of Blue Flag beaches increases dramatically.

Supported by: Trish Godman, Dr Richard Simpson, Elaine Thomson, Mr John McAllion, Robin Harper, Tricia Marwick, Dr Sylvia Jackson, Cathy Jamieson, Cathy Peattie, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Gil Paterson, Karen Whitefield, Marilyn Livingstone, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Pauline McNeill

S1M-929 Alex Neil: State of the Farming Industry—That the Parliament notes the desperate situation in which Scotland’s farming community finds itself and in particular draws attention to the special plight of dairy farming, particularly in Ayrshire; calls upon the Scottish Executive to take urgent action to tackle the situation, and demands that the UK Government and the European Commission pursue policies designed to bring about a recovery in these industries.

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan, Christine Grahame, Colin Campbell, Dr Winnie Ewing, Mr Andrew Welsh, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Michael Russell, Mr Adam Ingram, Tricia Marwick, Mr Gil Paterson, Fiona McLeod, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Robin Harper, Ms Sandra White, Brian Adam, Mr Kenneth Gibson

S1M-928# Alex Neil: Macular Disease—That the Parliament recognises the particular problems experienced by people who suffer from macular disease; notes the progress made in the implementation of the recommendation of the review of sensory impairment services, but notes the need to make more rapid progress in the implementation of a nationwide, comprehensive strategy for significantly enhancing such services, particularly in relation to education, housing aids and adaptations, transport facilities and the provision of local support workers.

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan, Donald Gorrie, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Colin Campbell, Roseanna Cunningham, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Dr Winnie Ewing, Margaret Jamieson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Mr Adam Ingram, Tricia Marwick, John Scott, Mr Gil Paterson, Fergus Ewing, Nicola Sturgeon, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Michael Matheson, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Ms Sandra White, Brian Adam

S1M-927 Robin Harper: Bagyeli Pygmies of Cameroon—That the Parliament notes the general plight of the Bagyeli Pygmies of Cameroon as a result of logging of their rainforest environment and specifically the potential dangers from development of the Chad-Cameroon oil pipeline and urges Her Majesty's Government to make representations to the World Bank, the Cameroonian Government and oil and logging companies on behalf of the Bagyeli to ensure that they are fully and independently consulted about the activities which affect them.

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Donald Gorrie, Linda Fabiani, Shona Robison, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Andrew Wilson, Alex Neil, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Mr John McAllion, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Fiona Hyslop, Michael Russell, Mr Adam Ingram, Tricia Marwick, Mr Gil Paterson, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Mike Watson, Dr Winnie Ewing, Ian Jenkins, Ms Sandra White, Fergus Ewing, Mr Kenny MacAskill

S1M-920 Richard Lochhead: GM Crops—That the Parliament condemns the decision by Nick Brown, Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food to withhold vital information from the Scottish Parliament in relation to the importing of GM seeds; recognises that had the information been passed to the Scottish Executive immediately then farmers would have been able to avoid the sowing of GM contaminated crops, and calls upon Her Majesty’s Government to finance an appropriate compensation package for Scotland’s farmers and assume responsibility for any legal action against the seed-supplier Advanta Seeds.

Supported by: Mr Kenny MacAskill, Mr Adam Ingram, Irene McGugan, Mr John Swinney, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Tommy Sheridan, Colin Campbell, Alex Neil, Donald Gorrie, Linda Fabiani, Shona Robison, Christine Grahame, Roseanna Cunningham, Andrew Wilson, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Alasdair Morgan, Mr Andrew Welsh, Robin Harper, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Fiona McLeod, Michael Russell, Mr Gil Paterson, Ms Sandra White, Tricia Marwick, Mr John Munro, Brian Adam

S1M-919# Fergus Ewing: Scottish Raptor Working Group—That the Parliament believes that the report of the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions’ Raptor Working Group does not reflect the particular circumstances and problems in Scotland; believes that there should be a Scottish Raptor Working Group established and that this should include within its membership representatives from all relevant organisations and bodies especially those whose livelihood depends upon the rural economy including representatives of the Scottish Gamekeepers Association, the Scottish Landowners Federation, the Scottish Association for Country Sports, the British Association for Shooting and Conservation, the Scottish Homing Union and Scottish Natural Heritage; furthermore expresses its concern that growth in the population of certain raptors may have been at the expense of the population of pigeons, songbirds, grouse and other ground nesting birds and that certain groups espousing conservationist causes appear unwilling to accept that the protection of one bird species may result in the predation of others, and believes that the membership of any Scottish Raptor Working Group should not be dominated by such bodies professing a conservation objective.

Supported by: Dr Elaine Murray, Alex Fergusson, Colin Campbell, Mary Scanlon, Alex Neil, David Mundell, Donald Gorrie, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Mr Brian Monteith, Dr Winnie Ewing, Phil Gallie, Mr Lloyd Quinan, David McLetchie, Mr David Davidson, Tricia Marwick, Ben Wallace

S1M-918 Michael Russell: Scottish Six O'clock News—That the Parliament notes with dissatisfaction the outcome of the review by the Governors of the BBC with regard to appropriate services to serve the devolved nations; expresses disquiet that once again the issue of the "Scottish Six" has not been adequately addressed despite support for such a programme from the Broadcasting Council for Scotland, the broadcasting trade unions, broadcasting staff and the majority of the Scottish broadcasting audience; deplores the establishment of yet another review to consider the matter, and calls upon the Board of Governors to respond to Scottish demand by authorising immediate editorial and technological preparations for the broadcast of a six o’clock national and international television news programme to be in operation by the autumn of 2000. R

Supported by: Mr John Swinney, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Irene McGugan, Colin Campbell, Alex Neil, Donald Gorrie, Linda Fabiani, Shona Robison, Christine Grahame, Roseanna Cunningham, Andrew Wilson, Brian Adam, Kay Ullrich, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Mr John McAllion, Tommy Sheridan, Alasdair Morgan, Dr Winnie Ewing, Mr Andrew Welsh, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Fergus Ewing, Fiona Hyslop, Fiona McLeod, Mr Mike Rumbles, Richard Lochhead, Nicola Sturgeon, Mr Gil Paterson, Ms Sandra White, Tricia Marwick

S1M-917 Roseanna Cunningham: Glasgow Rape Crisis Centre—That the Parliament commends and supports the Glasgow Rape Crisis Centre in its decision to seek a Judicial Review of the Home Secretary’s ruling allowing Michael Tyson to enter the UK.

Supported by: Mr Kenneth Gibson, Linda Fabiani, Nicola Sturgeon, Michael Russell, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Fiona Hyslop, Kay Ullrich, Mr John Swinney, Tommy Sheridan, Irene McGugan, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Alex Neil, Ms Sandra White, Shona Robison, Andrew Wilson, Dr Winnie Ewing, Robin Harper, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Fiona McLeod, Cathy Peattie, Tricia Marwick

S1M-916 Mrs Mary Mulligan: Whitburn Junior Football Club—That the Parliament congratulates Whitburn Junior Football Club on its excellent victory in the OVD Scottish Junior Cup Final for the first time in its history and wishes continuing success to the club and to junior football generally in Scotland.

Supported by: Fiona Hyslop, Tommy Sheridan, Allan Wilson, Bristow Muldoon, Mr Michael McMahon, Mr Brian Monteith, Mr John McAllion, Karen Whitefield, Pauline McNeill

S1M-915 Mr Gil Paterson: Glasgow Rape Crisis Centre: Judicial Review in Respect of Mike Tyson—That the Parliament congratulates the Rape Crisis Centre in Glasgow on its announcement that it is to seek a judicial review of Jack Straw’s decision to make an exception to immigration law and allow Mike Tyson, a convicted rapist, to enter the UK and wishes it every success in this venture.

Supported by: Mr John Swinney, Irene McGugan, Colin Campbell, Alex Neil, Linda Fabiani, Shona Robison, Andrew Wilson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Fiona McLeod, Ms Sandra White, Tricia Marwick

S1M-912 Mr Gil Paterson: Towards a Just Conclusion—That the Parliament recognises the humiliation caused to rape victims and victims of other sexual crimes when alleged assailants are allowed to conduct their own defence during trials and therefore cross-examine victims; notes with dismay that, according to recent speculation, the Scottish Executive’s response to the report Towards a Just Conclusion will fail to address this issue, and urges the Executive to reconsider its decision and ensure that victims of such crimes in Scotland will be entitled to the same protection as those in England and Wales.

Supported by: Donald Gorrie, Andrew Wilson, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Tommy Sheridan, Michael Matheson, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Alex Neil, Trish Godman, Colin Campbell, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Fergus Ewing, Nora Radcliffe, Tricia Marwick, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Andrew Welsh, Robin Harper, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Fiona McLeod, Fiona Hyslop, Nicola Sturgeon, Ms Sandra White, Bruce Crawford

S1M-911# Ms Margo MacDonald: Future Strategy for HIV and AIDS Management—That the Parliament requests the Scottish Executive to publicise, as a matter of some urgency, its strategy for the management of HIV and AIDS, given the rising numbers of heterosexual people contracting the HIV infection and the longer life expectancy of people living with HIV and AIDS due to advances in combination therapy treatment.

Supported by: Fiona Hyslop, Mr Kenny MacAskill, David Mundell, Donald Gorrie, Andrew Wilson, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Nora Radcliffe, Tommy Sheridan, Michael Matheson, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Alex Neil, Christine Grahame, David McLetchie, Colin Campbell, Scott Barrie, Mr Adam Ingram, Shona Robison, Brian Adam, Elaine Smith, Mr Murray Tosh, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Mr John McAllion, Tricia Marwick, Mr Gil Paterson, Margaret Jamieson, Robin Harper, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Fiona McLeod, Michael Russell, Mike Watson, Trish Godman, Cathy Peattie, Nick Johnston, Richard Lochhead, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Mr David Davidson, Ms Sandra White, Mary Scanlon

S1M-910 Donald Gorrie: Social Exclusion Research—That the Parliament notes research of the Social Exclusion Unit (PAT 14) and other bodies confirming that a lack of access to short-term credit and other financial services creates serious problems for many low income households, who face extortionate interest rates; urges the Scottish Executive to develop further its joined up approach to economic citizenship including better access to social fund grants, improved regulation of consumer credit lending, better resourcing of credit unions and pressing banks to provide a more socially responsible service, and calls for a public debate on the issue.

Supported by: Shona Robison, Tommy Sheridan, Fiona Hyslop, Linda Fabiani, Andrew Wilson, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Nora Radcliffe, Michael Matheson, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Alex Neil, Mr Michael McMahon, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Mr John McAllion, Tricia Marwick, Mr Gil Paterson, Alasdair Morgan, Robin Harper, Ms Sandra White

S1M-909 Donald Gorrie: Post Office Pension Fund—That the Parliament notes that the Post Office has responded to a surplus in its pension fund by giving itself a contributions holiday for the past 13 years instead of using the windfall to improve the position of its pensioners; regrets that the corporation should follow worst industry practice in this respect, and urges Post Office pension fund trustees to review their policy.

Supported by: Michael Russell, Nora Radcliffe, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Alex Neil, Christine Grahame, Linda Fabiani, Fergus Ewing, Andrew Wilson, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Mr John McAllion, Alasdair Morgan, Robin Harper, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Fiona McLeod, Cathy Peattie, Fiona Hyslop, Brian Adam, Michael Matheson, Ms Sandra White

S1M-907 Mr Jamie Stone: East Sutherland Economy—That the Parliament notes with concern the current and long-term problems faced in the local economy of Sutherland and asks the Scottish Executive to bring forward proposals for a multi-agency forum which could target resources, discuss possible solutions to these problems and prepare a report with recommendations at the earliest opportunity for consideration by the Parliament, the Scottish Executive and the Highlands and Islands Convention.

Supported by: David Mundell, Donald Gorrie, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Robin Harper, Rhoda Grant, Maureen Macmillan, Mary Scanlon

S1M-903# Irene Oldfather: Carrick - City of Adelaide—That the Parliament notes the proposed demolition of the Carrick – City of Adelaide, the world’s oldest clipper ship and the only vessel in Scotland to be an "A" listed structure; regrets that such an important part of Scotland, Sunderland and South Australia’s national and international maritime heritage should be in such a position, and believes that every effort should be made to secure a future for the vessel.

Supported by: Mr Brian Monteith, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Michael Russell, Mr Jamie Stone, Allan Wilson, David Mundell, Donald Gorrie, Ms Sandra White, Andrew Wilson, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Nora Radcliffe, Rhoda Grant, Alex Neil, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Fergus Ewing, Kay Ullrich, Mr Murray Tosh, Mr John McAllion, Mr Gil Paterson, Margaret Jamieson, Phil Gallie, Dr Elaine Murray, Nick Johnston, Mr Keith Harding, Tricia Marwick, Karen Whitefield, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Irene McGugan, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mrs Margaret Ewing, David McLetchie, John Scott, Mike Watson, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Hugh Henry, Ms Margo MacDonald, Cathy Peattie

S1M-902 Robin Harper: Accidental Release of GM Oil Seed Rape—That the Parliament invites the Scottish Executive, as a matter of urgency, to guarantee full compensation for farmers who have accidentally planted the genetically modified oil seed rape from Advanta Seeds, thus allowing them to immediately destroy these crops in order to limit the spread of GM pollen and seeds into the countryside. R

Supported by: Michael Russell, Andrew Wilson, Alex Neil, Christine Grahame, Alex Fergusson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Mr John McAllion, Ms Sandra White, Mr John Munro

S1M-901# Maureen Macmillan: Closure of Kinlochleven Aluminium Smelter—That the Parliament notes with concern the announcement that Kinlochleven Aluminium Smelter is to close on June 15, after almost 100 years of providing work in the area, with the loss of 51 jobs, and urges the Scottish Executive to work with relevant groups to ensure that all support is given to the workers and people of Kinlochleven.

Supported by: Scott Barrie, Dr Elaine Murray, Cathy Jamieson, Helen Eadie, Hugh Henry, Rhoda Grant, Mr Michael McMahon, Malcolm Chisholm, Irene Oldfather, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Elaine Smith, Elaine Thomson, Margaret Jamieson, Mr Jamie Stone, Karen Whitefield

S1M-900# Dorothy-Grace Elder: Lottery Funds for Glasgow Zoo and other Tourist Attractions—That the Parliament urges the Scottish Executive to make representations to the Millennium Commission to immediately provide funding to save Glasgow Zoo from closure; further invites it to assist other major Scottish tourist attractions, including the paddle steamer, Waverley; believes that such attractions are highly deserving of aid in comparison with the unsuccessful Millennium Dome in London, and expresses dissatisfaction at the additional £29 million of funding given by the Millennium Commission to the Millennium Dome, which has already received £509 million in lottery funding.

Supported by: Donald Gorrie, Alex Neil, Shona Robison, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Fiona McLeod, Tricia Marwick

S1M-899 Fergus Ewing: Millennium Dome Bail Out—That the Parliament notes yesterday’s announcement that £29 million in lottery money is to be given to support the beleaguered Millennium Dome; expresses its grave disapproval that more money is to be spent on this misguided and ill-fated endeavour, and questions the priorities of Her Majesty’s Government for choosing to spend this money on a failed visitor attraction when this same bail-out money could be used either to build 580 new council houses, to increase the Highlands education capital budget by three and a half times, or fund all of the NHS accident and emergency modernisation projects which had to be turned down due to lack of funds.

Supported by: Mr Kenneth Gibson, Shona Robison, Donald Gorrie, Linda Fabiani, Andrew Wilson, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Michael Matheson, Alex Neil, Christine Grahame, Colin Campbell, Roseanna Cunningham, Brian Adam, Alasdair Morgan, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Fiona McLeod, Ms Sandra White, Tricia Marwick, Margaret Smith

S1M-898# Christine Grahame: Scottish Tomato Industry—That the Parliament notes the crisis in the Scottish tomato industry due to the failure of leading Scottish supermarkets to stock its produce; recognises that Scottish produce is renowned for its high quality; further recognises that the fresh produce industry supports thousands of Scottish jobs, and recommends to Scotland’s major food retailers that Scottish produce be promoted in their stores.

Supported by: Michael Russell, Mr Brian Monteith, Dr Elaine Murray, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Shona Robison, David Mundell, Donald Gorrie, Fiona Hyslop, Ms Sandra White, Andrew Wilson, Nora Radcliffe, Mr John Swinney, Alex Neil, Irene McGugan, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Linda Fabiani, Fergus Ewing, Mr Keith Harding, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Brian Adam, Mr Murray Tosh, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Mr John McAllion, Tricia Marwick, Mr Gil Paterson, Alasdair Morgan, Phil Gallie, Robin Harper, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Fiona McLeod, Cathy Jamieson, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Mr David Davidson, Mary Scanlon

S1M-897 Dorothy-Grace Elder: Baby Care Unit at Queen Mother Hospital, Glasgow—That the Parliament sends warm congratulations to Glasgow’s Lady Provost, Mrs Mosson, on the success of her first Lady Provost’s fundraiser on Sunday 21 May 2000 for the under-equipped Special Care Baby Unit at the Queen Mother’s Hospital, Glasgow; pays tribute to the innovative work of her predecessor, Mrs Lally, and acknowledges the debt Glasgow owes to the caring voluntary efforts of successive Ladies Provost and Lords Provost.

Supported by: Andrew Wilson, Alex Neil, Tricia Marwick

S1M-895# Christine Grahame: Expansion of Signum Circuits—That the Parliament commends the management and the workforce of the electronics firm of Signum Circuits of Selkirk in the Scottish Borders on its expansion; recognises the contribution that Signum Circuits is making to the Borders economy; notes that Signum Circuits has succeeded despite the strong pound and high interest rates; further notes that the firm has additionally employed over 100 people in the last 18 months, many of them former Viasystems workers, and recognises that the closure of Viasystems with the loss of 1,000 Borders’ jobs was not as a consequence of global pressures on its production there, but in the interests of complying with the conditions attached to their £25 million Regional Selective Assistance which was to create 1,000 jobs at the North Tyneside plant.

Supported by: Dorothy-Grace Elder, Michael Russell, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Fiona Hyslop, Alex Neil, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Fergus Ewing, Tricia Marwick, Mr Gil Paterson, Dr Winnie Ewing, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Ms Sandra White

S1M-892# Pauline McNeill: Saltmarket Centenary—That the Parliament notes that the Saltmarket area in Glasgow Kelvin will celebrate its 100th birthday in 2002; further notes that the Glasgow Cross Tenants and Residents Association are planning activities for the centenary, and expresses its commitment to regenerating inner city areas such as Saltmarket to ensure a quality life for local people so that ordinary people continue to live in city centres and not just shop there.

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Michael Russell, Ms Sandra White, Andrew Wilson, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Rhoda Grant, Michael Matheson, Alex Neil, Mr Michael McMahon, Irene Oldfather, Fergus Ewing, Mr John McAllion, Mike Watson, Trish Godman

S1M-891# Dorothy-Grace Elder: Projected Costings for the Parliament Remaining in Glasgow until 2003—That the Parliament expresses its deep appreciation of the welcome it has received and the facilities it has been afforded in Glasgow invites the Presiding Officer to launch an immediate investigation into the cost of the Parliament remaining in Glasgow until the Holyrood building is finished in the year 2003, and further invites him to produce a comparison of these costings with the projected cost of remaining at the Mound and moving each May.

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan, Ms Sandra White

S1M-886 Irene Oldfather: Stevenston Millennium Festival—That the Parliament notes the Stevenston Millennium Festival and its varied and extensive programme of events; commends the Stevenston Millennium Committee for its work in organising the Festival and involving the whole community in the millennium celebrations, and wishes the Festival every success over the coming months.

Supported by: Michael Russell, David Mundell, Andrew Wilson, Mr Michael McMahon, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Mr Murray Tosh, Mr Gil Paterson, Phil Gallie, Alex Neil, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh

S1M-885# Tricia Marwick: Car Parking Charges in Fife Hospitals—That the Parliament deplores the proposals by Fife Acute Hospitals NHS Trust to introduce car parking charges at the Victoria, Queen Margaret and Forth Park hospitals; recognises the widespread public anger at this additional burden on sick people, their relatives and staff; congratulates the Dunfermline Press and the Fife Free Press group of newspapers which have to date collected 20,000 signatures on their petitions opposing the charges, and believes that the Trust should abandon these proposals and take positive action to restore the confidence of the Fife public.

Supported by: Shona Robison, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Brian Monteith, Michael Russell, Scott Barrie, Donald Gorrie, Fiona Hyslop, Linda Fabiani, Andrew Wilson, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Mr Michael McMahon, Marilyn Livingstone, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Fergus Ewing, Mr Keith Harding, Kay Ullrich, Tricia Marwick, Mr Gil Paterson, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Fiona McLeod, Nick Johnston, Alex Neil, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Ms Sandra White, Brian Adam

S1M-808# Fergus Ewing: Shinty—That the Parliament recognises the importance of shinty as Scotland’s indigenous sport; notes that, whilst it is especially popular in the Highlands, it is played throughout Scotland; acknowledges that it makes a significant contribution to Scotland in terms of social inclusion, citizenship, healthy living, community development, volunteering and economic development; welcomes the comprehensive presentation made by the Camanachd Association to MSPs on 3 May 2000, and supports the Association’s case for enhanced funding from sportscotland.

Supported by: Mr Duncan Hamilton, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Colin Campbell, Michael Russell, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Shona Robison, Nora Radcliffe, Donald Gorrie, Alex Neil, Richard Lochhead, Mr John McAllion, Andrew Wilson, Mary Scanlon, Mr Adam Ingram, Linda Fabiani, Cathy Peattie, Irene McGugan, Fiona McLeod, Mr David Davidson, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Tricia Marwick, Mr Gil Paterson, Dr Winnie Ewing, Maureen Macmillan, Mr Kenneth Gibson

S1M-761# Ms Sandra White: Sign Language in Primary Schools —That the Parliament congratulates St Brendon’s primary school in Glasgow on its participation in the Millennium Schools project, which taught the basics of British Sign Language (BSL) and deaf awareness, and invites the Scottish Executive to investigate the introduction of BSL to the school curriculum.

Supported by: Mr Kenneth Gibson, Fergus Ewing, Bruce Crawford, Kay Ullrich, Fiona McLeod, Fiona Hyslop, Alex Neil, Alasdair Morgan, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Colin Campbell, Mr Adam Ingram, Irene McGugan, Nora Radcliffe, Tricia Marwick, Mr Gil Paterson, Andrew Wilson, Donald Gorrie, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Christine Grahame, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Mrs Lyndsay McIntosh, Mr Keith Harding, Shona Robison, Robin Harper, Dr Winnie Ewing, Mr Andrew Welsh, Roseanna Cunningham, Ms Margo MacDonald, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Michael Russell, Mr John Swinney, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Tommy Sheridan, Mr John McAllion, Nicola Sturgeon, Linda Fabiani, Michael Matheson, Brian Adam, Mr Brian Monteith, Mary Scanlon, Bill Aitken

S1M-617 Linda Fabiani: Health Provision in Scotland—That the Parliament notes that the World Trade Organisation negotiations on liberalising government services, now ongoing, will be binding on the Scottish Parliament and will establish limits on future health policies set by the Parliament, and calls for an open discussion of the implications of these negotiations for the Scottish Executive’s health policies and current and future health service funding.

Supported by: Roseanna Cunningham, Michael Russell, Nicola Sturgeon, Mike Watson, Mr Kenneth Gibson, Shona Robison, Christine Grahame, Andrew Wilson, Robin Harper, Margaret Jamieson, Pauline McNeill, Cathy Peattie, Kay Ullrich, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Duncan Hamilton, Tavish Scott, Fergus Ewing, Alex Neil, Donald Gorrie, Brian Adam, Nora Radcliffe, Ian Jenkins, Mr Adam Ingram, Tricia Marwick, Dr Richard Simpson, Mr Gil Paterson, Robert Brown, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Cathy Jamieson, Johann Lamont, Malcolm Chisholm, Mr John Swinney, Fiona McLeod, Dorothy-Grace Elder, Elaine Smith, Mr Lloyd Quinan, Dr Winnie Ewing, Irene McGugan, Dennis Canavan, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Ms Margo MacDonald, Michael Matheson, Bruce Crawford, Colin Campbell, Dr Sylvia Jackson, Mr Andrew Welsh, Ms Sandra White, Alasdair Morgan, George Lyon, Richard Lochhead, Mr Jamie Stone, Mr Mike Rumbles, Mr John McAllion



BUSINESS BULLETIN 162 / 2000

Monday 30 October 2000

Section H - New Documents




Committee Reports

The following Report is being published on 30 October 2000

Health and Community Care Committee, 14th Report 2000: Report on Subordinate Legislation (SP Paper 202)



European Documents

Members wishing to see a list of European documents received in the Parliament should contact the clerks to the European Committee (stephen.imrie@scottish.parliament.uk). Members are reminded that a complete set of all documents received is held by SPICe in G15, PHQ and copies can be made available on request.



BUSINESS BULLETIN 162 / 2000

Monday 30 October 2000

Section J - Progress of Parliamentary business




For further information on the progress of Bills, subordinate legislation and committees shown in this section, please contact either the relevant clerk or web site (end of Section for addresses)

Bills in Progress

Abolition of Poindings and Warrant Sales Bill

Stage 2 completed 19 September

Education (Graduate Endowment and Student Support) (Scotland) Bill

Introduced 5 October

Family Homes and Homelessness (Scotland) Bill

Stage 1 (evidence, Social Inclusion, Housing and

Voluntary Sector Committee) 1 November

Leasehold Casualties (Scotland) Bill

Stage 1 (Justice and Home Affairs Committee) 8 November

Mortgage Rights (Scotland) Bill

Stage 1 (evidence Social Inclusion, Housing and

Voluntary Sector Committee) 1 November

Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Bill

Stage 1 (evidence, Rural Affairs Committee) 14 November

Salmon Conservation (Scotland) Bill

Stage 1 (evidence, Rural Affairs Committee) 31 October

Sea Fisheries (Shellfish) Amendment (Scotland) Bill

Bill Passed 28 September

Transport (Scotland) Bill

Stage 2 (Day 3, Transport and the Environment Committee) 1 November



Subordinate legislation in progress

(date of laying) (Lead Committee)

Affirmative Instruments

For approval by resolution

The draft Train Operating Companies (Rateable Values) (Scotland) (No.2) Order 2000 (21 September 2000) (Local Government)

The Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Notification of Authorisations etc.) (Scotland) Order 2000 (SSI 2000/340) (29 September 2000) (Justice and Home Affairs)

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.4) (Scotland) Order 2000 (SSI 2000/359) (12 October 2000)

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (East Coast) (Scotland) Order 2000 (SSI 2000/360) (16 October 2000)

The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (East Coast) (No. 2) (Scotland) Order 2000 (SSI 2000/370) (20 October 2000)

The draft Welfare of Farmed Animals (Scotland) Regulations 2000 (23 October 2000)

The draft Budget (Scotland) Act 2000 (Amendment) (No.2) Order 2000 (24 October 2000)


Negative Instruments


Subject to annulment until 30 October 2000

The General Medical Council (Legal Assessors) Amendment (Scotland) Rules 2000 (SSI 2000/308) (7 September 2000) (Health and Community Care)


Subject to annulment until 31 October 2000

The Food Irradiation Provisions (Scotland) Regulations 2000 (SSI 2000/309) (8 September 2000) (Health and Community Care)


Subject to annulment until 6 November 2000

The Electricity Works (Environmental Impact Assessment) (Scotland) Regulations 2000 (SSI 2000/320) (14 September 2000) (Transport and the Environment)


Subject to annulment until 17 November 2000

The Diseases of Fish (Control) Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2000 (SSI 2000/330) (25 September 2000) (Rural Affairs)


Subject to annulment until 21 November 2000


The Education and Training (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2000 (SSI 2000/342) (29 September 2000) (Enterprise and Lifelong Learning)

The Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Prescription of Offices, Ranks and Positions) (Scotland) Order 2000 (SSI 2000/343) (29 September 2000) (Justice and Home Affairs)

The Specified Risk Material Order Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2000 (SSI 2000/344) (29 September 2000) (Health and Community Care)

The Specified Risk Material Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2000 (SSI 2000/345) (29 September 2000) (Health and Community Care)

Subject to annulment until 25 November 2000


The Agricultural Subsidies (Appeals) (Scotland) Regulations 2000 (SSI 2000/347) (3 October 2000) (Rural Affairs)


Subject to annulment until 28 November 2000


The National Health Service (General Dental Services) (Scotland) Amendment (No.2) Regulations 2000 (SSI 2000/352) (6 October 2000)


Subject to annulment until 1 December 2000


The Brucellosis (Scotland) Regulations 2000 (SSI 2000/364) (18 October 2000)

The Enzootic Bovine Leukosis (Scotland) Regulations 2000 (SSI 2000/365) (18 October 2000)

The Teachers’ Superannuation (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2000 (SSI 2000/366) (18 October 2000)

The Gaming Clubs (Hours) (Scotland) Regulations 2000 (SSI 2000/371) (23 October 2000)




Committee Business

Dates indicate when the next meeting is due to take place on the relevant subject.

Audit 14 November

Education, Culture and Sport See Section A

Enterprise and Lifelong Learning 1 November

Equal Opportunities 7 November

European 31 October

Finance 31 October

Health and Community Care 1 November

Justice and Home Affairs 31 October

Local Government 31 October

Procedures 7 November

Public Petitions 7 November

Rural Affairs 31 October

Social Inclusion, Housing and Voluntary Sector 1 November

Standards 21 November

Subordinate Legislation 31 October

Transport and Environment 1 November



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