2. Future Business Programme (PB/S3/08/69) 3. Procedural motion (a) Approval of instrument (PB/S3/08/70)







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Draft minutes of 20 May 2008





Future Business Programme





Procedural motion


Approval of instrument







Offences (Aggravated by Prejudice) (Scotland) Bill – Stage 1 referral





Judiciary and Courts (Scotland) Bill – Stage 2 timetable (




Equal Opportunities Committee – request to appoint a Budget Adviser





Publication scheme – consideration of any exempt papers





Bureau Members will be aware that under Rule 5.6.1(c) the Bureau has a duty

to ensure that there is a period of time available for Members’ Business

following Decision Time.


Motions submitted for Members’ Business are shown below.

*S3M-1975# Gavin Brown: South Edinburgh Suburban Railway—That the Parliament notes the wide public and cross-party political support that the campaign for the reopening of the South Sub railway has gathered; acknowledges the importance of the work carried out by groups such as Capital Rail Action Group (CRAG), E-Rail and TRANSform Scotland; observes that the most recent report on the reopening of the South Sub did not contain a benefit-cost ratio, which was positive in previous reports; believes that the reopening of the South Sub would ease the impact of traffic on the main routes into the city as well as playing an important role in the reduction of fuel emissions in the south of Edinburgh, and believes that there is a case for the reopening of passenger services on the South Edinburgh Suburban Railway.

Supported by: Elizabeth Smith*, Mike Pringle*, Jackson Carlaw*, Jamie McGrigor*, Bill Aitken*, Murdo Fraser*

*S3M-1972# Michael Matheson:Cancer Poverty—That the Parliament recognises the wider social impact of dealing and living with a cancer diagnosis, including the significant financial consequences of the disease; is concerned that 90% of people affected by cancer in the United Kingdom experience a significant drop in income and an increase in daily living expenses as a direct result of their diagnosis; welcomes the work of Macmillan Cancer Support, in partnership with the regional cancer advisory groups and local government, in developing a network of cancer-aware benefits advisors in Falkirk and across Scotland; supports the embedding of referral to benefits and financial advice within routine NHS clinical practice, and recognises the need to address cancer poverty in the Better Cancer Care strategy and ensure that financial advice becomes an integral part of every Scot’s cancer journey.

Supported by: Willie Coffey*, Stuart McMillan*, Bashir Ahmad*, Keith Brown*, Alex Neil*, Ken Macintosh*, Jamie Hepburn*, Jackson Carlaw*, Ross Finnie*, Des McNulty*, Bill Kidd*, Rob Gibson*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Alasdair Allan*, Kenneth Gibson*

S3M-1964#Ted Brocklebank:Fife Energy Park—That the Parliament recognises the importance of renewables in Scotland’s energy equation; notes the endorsement by the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth of the importance of the energy park, based at Methil, Fife; further notes that there is an active campaign to restore the rail link between Levenmouth and Thornton junction; recognises that the Levenmouth area which includes Methil is among the most deprived parts of Fife and that there is growing local concern about the apparent lack of progress in developing the energy park, and considers that the momentum must be maintained in putting Methil and Levenmouth firmly at the heart of Scotland’s renewable energy industry.

Supported by: John Scott*, David McLetchie*, Mary Scanlon*, Sandra White*, Murdo Fraser*, Robin Harper*, Nanette Milne*, Elizabeth Smith*, Jamie McGrigor*, Tricia Marwick*, Claire Baker*, Bill Aitken*, Margaret Mitchell*

S3M-1960# Jackson Carlaw:Holocaust Education in Scotland—That the Parliament accepts the crucial importance of ensuring that the genocide of the Jewish and other peoples and minority groups inflicted during the Holocaust is never allowed to slip from public consciousness; welcomes the commitment of successive Scottish governments to developing a permanent National Holocaust Museum based in East Renfrewshire and looks forward to the fulfilment of that commitment; applauds the work of the Holocaust Educational Trust, among other organisations, for the role it plays in educating young people from every background about the Holocaust and the important lessons that


can still be learned from it today, and considers that sufficient resources should be made available to allow schools across the west of Scotland and beyond to provide ongoing Holocaust education, with visits to the Auschwitz concentration camp being considered as part of that educational mix.

Supported by: Margaret Mitchell, Murdo Fraser, Bill Aitken, John Lamont, John Park, Cathy Jamieson, Ted Brocklebank, Bill Kidd, David McLetchie, Elizabeth Smith, Nanette Milne, Jamie McGrigor, Bill Butler, Mike Pringle, Mary Scanlon, Robin Harper, Jamie Hepburn*, Marlyn Glen*, Charlie Gordon*, Jack McConnell*

S3M-1958#Stuart McMillan:East Dunbartonshire Council Support For Attendance Allowance— That the Parliament welcomes the unanimous decision by East Dunbartonshire Council on 15 May 2008 to back Scottish Parliament calls to the Westminster Parliament to re-instate attendance allowance to Scotland; notes that the council has instructed its chief executive to write to the relevant Westminster minister to urge adherence to Lord Sutherland’s free personal care review, and welcomes the Labour councillors’ support for re-introducing the attendance allowance as compared with their parliamentary colleagues.

Supported by: Bob Doris*, Rob Gibson*, Bashir Ahmad*, Bill Wilson*, Christina McKelvie*, Gil Paterson*, Keith Brown*, Willie Coffey*, Alex Neil*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Brian Adam*, Kenneth Gibson*, Jamie Hepburn*, Bill Kidd*

S3M-1950#Murdo Fraser:Action to Protect the Red Squirrel—That the Parliament is concerned at the continuing encroachment of the non-native grey squirrel in Scotland on native red squirrel territory, including parts of Mid-Scotland and Fife; notes that Scotland is the last stronghold in the United Kingdom for red squirrels and is home to approximately 120,000 reds, which accounts for 75% of the UK red squirrel population; observes that red and grey squirrels are unable to co-exist together in the same territory and that red squirrels eventually disappear due to competition for food and the carrying of the squirrel pox virus by grey squirrels which is harmless to them but fatal to reds; is alarmed to learn that the first grey squirrel was officially reported in the Highlands near Inverness in April 2008 and that the first red squirrel in Scotland contracted squirrel pox in the South of Scotland in May 2007, underlining the growing threat to red squirrels in Scotland, and believes that urgent action is required to protect the red squirrel, including research into immunocontraception for grey squirrels.

Supported by: Mary Scanlon, Bill Aitken, John Lamont, Bill Kidd, Jim Hume, Jamie McGrigor, Jackson Carlaw, Bashir Ahmad, Elizabeth Smith, Nanette Milne, Christine Grahame, John Scott, Joe FitzPatrick, Elaine Murray, Alex Johnstone, Robin Harper, Patricia Ferguson, Marlyn Glen, Roseanna Cunningham, Mike Pringle, Bob Doris, Gil Paterson*, Irene Oldfather*, Jack McConnell*, Dave Thompson*

S3M-1926#Elaine Murray: Success of First Year of Co-Operative Development Scotland—That the Parliament welcomes the success of Co-operative Development Scotland in promoting and facilitating the development of co-operative enterprises across Scotland since it became fully operational in April 2007; notes that research carried out by Heriot-Watt University in 2006 estimated the combined annual turnover of co-operatives and mutuals in Scotland to be around £4 billion; believes that the contribution of this sector to the Scottish economy nationally and to local urban and rural economies, such as that of Dumfries and Galloway, could be increased, and believes that government funding for Co-operative Development Scotland should be extended beyond March 2009. Supported by: Jack McConnell, Johann Lamont R, Ken Macintosh, Andy Kerr, James Kelly, Claire Baker, John Park, Jackie Baillie, Bill Wilson, Cathy Jamieson, Iain Gray, Rhona Brankin, Margaret Curran, David Whitton, Bill Butler, George Foulkes, Mary Mulligan, Patricia Ferguson, Dr Richard Simpson*, Trish Godman*, Karen Gillon*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Marilyn Livingstone*, Karen Whitefield*, Marlyn Glen*

S3M-1924#Sandra White:Glasgow’s Rich Architectural Heritage—That the Parliament welcomes the announcement that, after almost two decades of wrangling over ownership, the Egyptian Halls in Union Street, Glasgow, widely regarded as one of Alexander “Greek” Thomson’s greatest commercial masterpieces, will, after years of neglect, see restoration work begin early in 2009, which in turn will serve to support the ongoing rejuvenation of Union Street and to highlight Glasgow’s unrivalled eclectic architectural mix, and hopes that this positive outcome will serve as a catalyst to resolve other


long-running disputes which threaten some of Glasgow’s most iconic buildings, such as the Lion Chambers, an A-listed building in Hope Street famed for its dramatic “Scottish Skyscraper” style which was once the hub for the artisan community in Glasgow and which to this day still attracts international acclaim and interest.

Supported by: Alasdair Allan, Patrick Harvie, Rob Gibson, Willie Coffey, Joe FitzPatrick, Stuart McMillan, Christina McKelvie, Des McNulty, Jamie Hepburn, Bill Kidd, Bob Doris, Jackson Carlaw, Bashir Ahmad, Alex Neil, Roseanna Cunningham, Iain Gray, Cathie Craigie, Andy Kerr, Jackie Baillie, David Whitton, Elaine Murray, James Kelly, Gil Paterson, Aileen Campbell, Keith Brown

S3M-1923# Bill Butler: 60th Anniversary of the National Health Service—That the Parliament celebrates the 60th anniversary of the National Health Service, launched on 5 July 1948 by Labour Minister for Health, Aneurin Bevan; recognises the continuing relevance of its founding principles of a socialised health service, funded through general taxation, free to all at the point of need; salutes the huge contribution of all NHS staff down the years in providing vital, lifesaving care and treatment which has improved the quality of life for millions of people, leading to dramatic improvements in life expectancy; supports the central role of the state in providing healthcare free at the point of need; encourages communities throughout Scotland to become involved in events to mark this anniversary, including those organised by NHS Greater Glasgow, the Evening Times and Radio Clyde, which will tell the story of the first 60 years of the NHS and serve as a powerful reminder of the unacceptable state of healthcare available to the vast majority of the population prior to 1948, and considers that all citizens, trade unions and politicians should remain true to the founding principles of the NHS.

Supported by: Marlyn Glen, Malcolm Chisholm, Hugh Henry, Peter Peacock, David Stewart, Rhoda Grant, John Park, Elaine Smith, Patricia Ferguson, Lewis Macdonald, Ken Macintosh, Andy Kerr, Jackie Baillie, David Whitton, Elaine Murray, James Kelly, Iain Gray, Cathie Craigie, Sarah Boyack, Pauline McNeill, Jack McConnell, Christine Grahame, Bill Kidd, Margaret Curran, Des McNulty, Robin Harper, Rhona Brankin, Paul Martin, Cathy Jamieson, Mary Mulligan, Hugh O’Donnell, Cathy Peattie, Johann Lamont, Brian Adam, Stuart McMillan, George Foulkes, Trish Godman, Gil Paterson*, Karen Gillon*, Marilyn Livingstone*, Irene Oldfather*

S3M-1865# Claire Baker: A Tenancy Deposit Protection Scheme for Scotland—That the Parliament is concerned that the withholding of deposits unreasonably continues to be a problem for tenants in the private rented sector; notes that the private rented sector provides over 230,000 homes to households in Scotland, some 8% of all households, including families, students, migrant workers and young professionals; further notes that many tenants, on leaving a tenancy, rely on the return of their deposit to pay the upfront deposit and rent for their new property and that withholding a deposit unfairly can lead to hardship, debt and ultimately homelessness; highlights recent research by St Andrews University Students’ Association that found that 24% of students there have had unjustified deductions made from their deposits and 28% have faced unreasonable delays of more than 28 days in returning their deposits; acknowledges the successful introduction of the tenancy deposit protection scheme in operation in England and Wales which ensures protection for both landlords and tenants, and believes that powers already on statute in the Housing (Scotland) Act 2006 could be used to further a deposit protection scheme for Scotland, building on landlord registration and accreditation initiatives already in place.

Supported by: Marlyn Glen, Pauline McNeill, Elaine Murray, James Kelly, Ken Macintosh, Helen Eadie, John Park, Iain Gray, Jackie Baillie, Malcolm Chisholm, Dr Richard Simpson, Des McNulty, Jim Tolson, Sarah Boyack, Robert Brown, Liam McArthur, Karen Whitefield, Mary Mulligan, Iain Smith, Marilyn Livingstone, Elaine Smith, Mike Pringle, Trish Godman, Johann Lamont, Irene Oldfather, George Foulkes, Lewis Macdonald, Mr Frank McAveety, Patrick Harvie, Andy Kerr

S3M-1861#Keith Brown: Support for Veterans in Scotland—That the Parliament recognises that ex-service personnel in Ochil and throughout Scotland often suffer particular problems in areas such as health, employment, housing and pensions; welcomes the recent Scottish Government announcements of support for the Houses for Heroes Campaign, run by the Scottish Veterans’ Garden City Association, and the Scottish Veterans’ Fund, run in association with Veterans Scotland; believes that the commitment to assistance from a Scottish perspective is particularly important; further believes that the Parliament should be at the centre of the developing debate about how best to provide appropriate support to ex-service personnel, and welcomes any initiatives by the Scottish


Government to continue to engage with the range of organisations involved in supporting ex-service personnel and addressing the challenges that they face.

Supported by: Christina McKelvie, Bashir Ahmad, Joe FitzPatrick, Alasdair Allan, Christine Grahame, Angela Constance, John Wilson, Brian Adam, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Stuart McMillan, Kenneth Gibson, Alex Neil, Aileen Campbell, Roseanna Cunningham, Mike Pringle, Sandra White, Robin Harper, Bill Wilson, Bill Kidd, Rob Gibson, Jamie Hepburn, Dave Thompson

S3M-1839# Nigel Don: Family Law Disputes—That the Parliament recognises that current arrangements for settling family law disputes could be improved and that current law still discriminates against parents who are not married; notes that parents can find it difficult or impossible to enforce contact orders where the other parent is unco-operative and that disputes where broken families live in more than one jurisdiction within the United Kingdom are unnecessarily difficult to resolve; further notes that these issues are particularly relevant due to recent cases in the north east; encourages current moves by Scotland’s legal profession towards collaborative dispute resolution, and notes with interest the new system of less adversarial trials being developed in Australia.

Supported by: Rob Gibson, Ian McKee, Alex Neil, Bill Kidd, Hugh O’Donnell, Joe FitzPatrick, Bill Wilson, Mike Pringle, Sandra White, Jamie Hepburn, Ken Macintosh, Christina McKelvie, Keith Brown, Liam McArthur, Michael Matheson, Nicol Stephen, Lewis Macdonald, Christopher Harvie, Willie Coffey

S3M-1831# Patricia Ferguson: 2014: A Year of Sport for Scotland—That the Parliament recognises that 2014 will be a significant year for Scottish sport; notes that, in addition to the annual sporting events taking place that year, Scotland will host the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and the Ryder Cup in Gleneagles; acknowledges that each event will bring international athletes to this country and will focus worldwide attention on Scotland; welcomes the variety of sporting opportunities that 2014 will present to Scotland, and believes that 2014 should be designated “Scotland’s Year of Sport” in order to highlight the benefits that sport and physical activity bring to the health and wellbeing of the people of Scotland.

Supported by: Bill Butler, Jack McConnell, Charlie Gordon, David Stewart, Marlyn Glen, Iain Gray, Elaine Smith, Helen Eadie, James Kelly, George Foulkes, David Whitton, Cathy Jamieson, Mary Mulligan, Trish Godman, John Park, Mr Frank McAveety, Cathie Craigie, Jackie Baillie, Elaine Murray, Karen Whitefield, Cathy Peattie, Paul Martin, Karen Gillon, Bob Doris, Jamie Hepburn, Dr Richard Simpson, Tom McCabe, Hugh Henry, Kenneth Gibson, Richard Baker, Des McNulty, Robert Brown, Bill Aitken, Robin Harper, Joe FitzPatrick, Ken Macintosh, Jim Tolson, Jamie Stone, Lewis Macdonald, Margaret Curran, Hugh O’Donnell, Michael McMahon, Johann Lamont, Bill Kidd, Patrick Harvie, Angela Constance, Mike Pringle, Pauline McNeill, Roseanna Cunningham, Claire Baker, Sandra White, Marilyn Livingstone*

S3M-1823# Cathy Peattie: Local Newspaper Week—That the Parliament notes that 5 to 11 May 2008 is Local Newspaper Week, which this year has the theme of Campaigning for Your Community, showcasing and exploring the campaigning work undertaken by local newspapers across the country; notes that 84% of adults read a local paper, and that local newspapers and their websites are a highly trusted source of news; believes that local newspapers such as the best-selling Falkirk Herald, the

Grangemouth Advertiser and the Bo’ness Journal are important focal points for their communities, providing a forum for debate on local issues and information and feedback about local events; congratulates the Falkirk Herald on being named Weekly Newspaper of the Year at the 29th Press Awards, organised by the Scottish Daily Newspaper Society; notes that local newspapers, through their editorial content and advertising, play an important role in the local economy; believes that local newspapers are an essential component of local democracy, facilitating the dialogue between elected representatives and their constituents, and applauds the hard work of newspaper staff whose dedication underpins the success of the local newspaper industry.

Supported by: Roseanna Cunningham, Jackie Baillie, Cathie Craigie, Mary Mulligan, Gil Paterson, Nanette Milne, Trish Godman, Liam McArthur, Hugh O’Donnell, Bob Doris, Bill Butler, Claire Baker, Kenneth Gibson, Mary Scanlon, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Ken Macintosh, Karen Gillon, John Park, James Kelly, Patrick Harvie, Marlyn Glen, David Whitton, Elaine Murray, Mr Frank McAveety, Michael Matheson, Karen Whitefield, Dave Thompson, Jamie Hepburn


S3M-1811#Sandra White:Glasgow Passport Office—That the Parliament expresses deep concern at the plans to stop passport-processing services in Glasgow, resulting in the loss of over 100 jobs and leaving Scotland without a fully operational passport service; notes with further concern what appears to have been a deliberate run-down of the service in the lead-up to this announcement; believes that this streamlining process will see a further three or four passport offices throughout the United Kingdom affected, and further believes that concise information as to the effect of these changes should be issued immediately in order to remove the doubt and uncertainty surrounding the plans.

Supported by: Bashir Ahmad, Jamie Hepburn, Roseanna Cunningham, Christina McKelvie, Stuart McMillan, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Kenneth Gibson, Brian Adam, Robin Harper, Alex Neil, Bill Kidd, Ian McKee, Angela Constance, Elaine Smith, Bill Wilson, Mike Pringle, Rob Gibson, Christine Grahame, Alasdair Allan, Joe FitzPatrick, Jamie Stone, Gil Paterson, Michael Matheson, Robert Brown, Dave Thompson, Keith Brown, Patrick Harvie

S3M-1810# Shirley-Anne Somerville: Community Radio—That the Parliament recognises the valuable and unique role of Scottish community radio in delivering small-scale, not-for-profit radio stations operated for the benefit of the general public and of particular communities; congratulates Leith FM, which celebrates its first year of broadcasting in May 2008 and which has epitomised the spirit of community radio by actively engaging with community groups and building relationships with other community stations, including Sunny Govan, Radio Awaz in Glasgow and Black Diamond Radio in Midlothian, and welcomes the continued expansion of the network of Scottish community radio stations across the country in providing a voice for Scotland’s culturally, linguistically and geographically diverse communities.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Malcolm Chisholm, Bill Kidd, Rob Gibson, Ian McKee, Sandra White, Kenneth Gibson, Bill Wilson, Christine Grahame, Patrick Harvie, Alasdair Allan, Michael Matheson, Elaine Smith, Brian Adam, Roseanna Cunningham, Joe FitzPatrick, Ross Finnie, Hugh O’Donnell, Bashir Ahmad, Cathy Peattie, Gil Paterson, Aileen Campbell

S3M-1801# Bill Kidd: Towards an Inclusive Community—That the Parliament welcomes the publication by Lintel Trust, Glasgow, of A Resource Guide For Housing Associations In Promoting Black And Minority Ethnic Participation In Governance Structures building upon the findings of the previous report From Rhetoric to Reality which identified that, despite the existence of guidance regarding their involvement in governance arrangements, BME people were still excluded from or under-represented in such bodies, and believes that this excellent resource effectively brings together the many strands of guidance and good practice available and will serve to aid inclusive living leading to stronger local communities.

Supported by: Bob Doris, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Jamie Hepburn, Robin Harper, Joe FitzPatrick, Alex Neil, Bashir Ahmad, Hugh O’Donnell, Alasdair Allan, Sandra White, Des McNulty, Bill Wilson, Gil Paterson, Christina McKelvie, Dave Thompson

S3M-1799# Sandra White: Challenging Man’s Demand for Prostitution in Scotland—That the Parliament welcomes the publication of the report, Challenging Man’s Demand for Prostitution in Scotland, a collaboration between the Women’s Support Project in Glasgow and US organisation, Prostitute Research and Education; notes with concern the evidence that men who use prostitutes regularly are more likely to regard other women as “objects” and the link between using prostitutes and sexual violence against women, and believes that the evidence presented in the report will serve to inform and shape the debate and future direction of prostitution in Scotland.

Supported by: Shirley-Anne Somerville, Joe FitzPatrick, Kenneth Gibson, Christina McKelvie, Jamie Hepburn, Bashir Ahmad, Stuart McMillan, Angela Constance, Elaine Smith, Brian Adam, Johann Lamont, Gil Paterson, Bill Kidd, Pauline McNeill, Dave Thompson

S3M-1793# Bill Wilson: The Beijing Olympics and Chinese Human Rights Abuses—That the Parliament notes that the Fundamental Principles of Olympism include the preservation of human dignity and that, just before the Olympics were awarded to China in 2001, Wang Wei, Secretary-General of the official Beijing bid committee, stated, “We will give the media complete freedom to report when they come to China...We are confident that the Games coming to China not only


promotes our economy but also enhances all social conditions, including education, health and human rights”; notes that various human rights organisations, including Amnesty International, are of the opinion that, with the detention and torture of journalists and human rights activists and China’s ongoing high but undisclosed number of executions, the human rights situation has deteriorated since 2001; further notes that, although China calls on people not to politicise the Olympics, it boycotted the games itself in 1956 and 1980 for overtly political reasons; agrees with Amnesty International that standing up for human rights is not playing politics and is, in fact, in accord with the spirit of the Olympics, and in that spirit wishes athletes from the West of Scotland and other regions the best of luck in their events in the Beijing Olympics.

Supported by: Robin Harper, Bob Doris, Alasdair Allan, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Joe FitzPatrick, Jamie Hepburn, Mike Pringle, Rob Gibson, Bashir Ahmad, Sandra White, Bill Kidd, Dave Thompson

S3M-1787#Jim Hume:Tackling Excess Packaging—That the Parliament welcomes the innovation and success of the state-of-the-art Eco Deco waste treatment plant near Dumfries which is the first facility of its kind in Scotland; notes that by using advanced technology the plant can process up to 65,000 tonnes of waste a year, recovering resources from waste and eliminating the need for several kerbside boxes and bags as well as wheeled bins; regrets that the UK’s levels of waste production are increasing exponentially, with approximately one million tonnes of packaging waste produced in Scotland each year; notes that, although packaging regulations are largely reserved to Westminster, waste management including waste minimisation and recycling are devolved to Scotland, and therefore believes that tackling excess packaging should be a central objective of the forthcoming supermarket summit and that decisive action should be taken to reduce excess packaging through all available levers, including working with product designers and manufacturers in Scotland to encourage sustainable design and sustainable products, developing improved packaging guidelines for adoption by retailers and their suppliers, introducing further Producer Responsibility initiatives and installing ambitious recovery obligations in the producer responsibility regulations for packaging, developing improved systems for consumers to complain to retailers and Trading Standards officers about excess packaging, and that waste points should be provided in supermarkets where customers can deposit unwanted packaging.

Supported by: Mike Pringle, Jamie Hepburn, Tom McCabe, Roseanna Cunningham, Kenneth Gibson, Bill Kidd, Hugh O’Donnell, Alison McInnes, John Park, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Liam McArthur, Jamie Stone, Elaine Smith, Robert Brown, Elaine Murray, Ross Finnie, Jim Tolson, Gil Paterson

S3M-1778# Sandra White: 60 Years of the Palestinian Refugee Crisis—That the Parliament recognises that May 2008 will see the 60th year of the Palestinian refugee crisis; further recognises that in 1948 the establishment of the State of Israel caused the forced displacement and expulsion of up to two thirds of the indigenous Arab population of Palestine from their homes, rendering them refugees; expresses its grave concern that 60 years on Palestinian refugees remain the world’s largest refugee community; stands united with Palestinian refugees living in Scotland and believes that they should have the right to return to their homeland; notes that people up and down the country will be commemorating 60 years of the Palestinian refugee crisis, culminating in an event taking place in Carmichael Hall, Glasgow, on 9 May 2008, and believes that constructive dialogue should take place to bring about an end to this crisis.

Supported by: Patrick Harvie, Bill Kidd, Willie Coffey, Gil Paterson, Christine Grahame, Alex Neil, Alasdair Allan, Bashir Ahmad, Rob Gibson, Joe FitzPatrick, Hugh O’Donnell, Bill Wilson, Bob Doris, Jamie Hepburn, Robin Harper

S3M-1760# Cathy Peattie:INEOS Reduction in Workforce Pensions—That the Parliament notes the proposal by INEOS to reduce the pension rights of the workforce at the former BP oil refinery and chemicals complex at Grangemouth from those which had been part of the terms and conditions of employment of the workforce when INEOS bought the BP site; further notes that the INEOS proposal is to create a two-tier workforce with all new employees being denied a final salary pension and resulted in 97% of trade union members in an 86% ballot return voting for strike action after exhaustive negotiations; expresses concern at the aggressive tactics of INEOS senior management in undermining the agreed consultative processes, and supports the efforts of the INEOS workforce and


its trade union, Unite, to sustain existing pension arrangements on this very profitable complex for the benefit of all current and future employees.

Supported by: Karen Whitefield, Bill Butler, Hugh Henry, David Stewart, James Kelly, Cathie Craigie, John Park, Marilyn Livingstone, Pauline McNeill, Marlyn Glen, Elaine Smith, Jackie Baillie, David Whitton, Trish Godman, Jamie Hepburn, Patricia Ferguson, Helen Eadie, Malcolm Chisholm, Karen Gillon, Duncan McNeil, Charlie Gordon, Mary Mulligan, Michael McMahon, Ken Macintosh, Christina McKelvie, Iain Gray, Claire Baker, Dr Richard Simpson, Cathy Jamieson, Elaine Murray, George Foulkes, Peter Peacock, Ms Wendy Alexander, Bob Doris, Gil Paterson, Michael Matheson, Bill Kidd, Rhoda Grant, Tom McCabe, Margaret Curran, Mr Frank McAveety

S3M-1746#Kenneth Gibson:Adopt a Road—That the Parliament agrees to consider introducing the Adopt a Road initiative which works so successfully in Canada; notes that under such a scheme individuals, companies and voluntary groups take responsibility for a length of road, usually in the vicinity of the sponsoring group or person, from one junction to the next; is aware that, while no money changes hands, the sponsor agrees to keep the sponsored road free of litter and reasonably clean, contacting their local authority to uplift any refuse gathered having given at least 24 hours notice; notes that the scheme recognises sponsors through the provision of signs on the sponsored road designed, provided and erected by their local authority, and believes that such a scheme could be successfully piloted in Cunninghame North.

Supported by: Bashir Ahmad, Willie Coffey, Stuart McMillan, Alex Neil, Michael Matheson, Dave Thompson

S3M-1741#Roseanna Cunningham:Canine Partners—That the Parliament welcomes the arrival in Scotland of Canine Partners, the Assistance Dog charity that opens doors to independence, based near Milnathort; notes that a trained dog can free a disabled person from total dependence on carers; recognises that this provides much-needed respite and support for family carers, including children; notes the potential for an assistance dog to reduce by a third the number of hours per week required by a disabled person of an approved carer; welcomes the saving that this represents of up to £65,000 over the working life of a dog, and believes that some of this saving could be put towards the Direct Payments scheme.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Michael Matheson, Brian Adam, Kenneth Gibson, Joe FitzPatrick, Christina McKelvie, Ken Macintosh, Bill Wilson, Bill Kidd, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Alasdair Allan, Ian McKee, Hugh O’Donnell, John Park, Christopher Harvie, Sandra White, Nanette Milne, Gil Paterson, Trish Godman, Christine Grahame, Stuart McMillan, Rhoda Grant

S3M-1740#Cathy Peattie:World Asthma Day—That the Parliament notes World Asthma Day on 6 May 2008, which will see the launch by Asthma UK of its “Wish you were here?” campaign to highlight the significant variation in asthma services throughout the United Kingdom; recognises that asthma is a major public health issue, with 400,000 people in Scotland having asthma, resulting in over a quarter of a million GP consultations and thousands of hospital admissions each year; believes that every school should have an asthma policy to ensure that children with asthma are given every opportunity to take part in normal school life, and further believes that more effective diagnosis, treatment and management to put more people in control of their asthma should be prioritised as part of a national respiratory strategy, similar to strategies being adopted in Wales and Northern Ireland, that ensures sharing of best practice and a joined-up approach to respiratory conditions across Scotland.

Supported by: Mike Pringle, Jamie Hepburn, Jack McConnell, Elaine Smith, Robin Harper, Des McNulty, Trish Godman, Robert Brown, John Lamont, Kenneth Gibson, Mary Mulligan, Karen Whitefield, Helen Eadie, Nanette Milne, Jackie Baillie, Patricia Ferguson, Bill Butler, David Whitton, Liam McArthur, John Wilson, Cathie Craigie, Marlyn Glen, Hugh O’Donnell, Patrick Harvie, Rob Gibson, Ken Macintosh, Jamie Stone, John Park, Karen Gillon, Marilyn Livingstone, Gil Paterson, Elaine Murray, Irene Oldfather, Claire Baker, Dr Richard Simpson, Peter Peacock, Mary Scanlon, Rhoda Grant, David Stewart, Angela Constance, Jamie McGrigor, Sarah Boyack, Bob Doris, Iain Gray, Aileen Campbell, Ross Finnie, Bill Wilson, Christine Grahame, Roseanna Cunningham, Rhona Brankin


S3M-1707# Tavish Scott: Equal Access to Rural Priorities Funding—That the Parliament notes that applicants in Shetland and elsewhere across Scotland seeking full information on the Rural Development Contracts - Rural Priorities programme can only obtain the information online and that applications for funding from the programme also have to be made online; further notes that many potential applicants do not have ready access to the internet or familiarity with its use and that, in addition, the application system for the programme is reported to be incompatible with web browsers on Apple Mac computers; is concerned that this will at best make it difficult for many potential applicants both to investigate the options open to them under the programme and to make applications and in some cases will make it impossible; strongly believes that all potential applicants for agricultural support should have equal access to information and that the application process should allow all applicants to submit their application by a means that is easily accessible to them, and considers that paper copies of the programme details should be made available to all who request them, that applications to the programme made on paper should be accepted and that such applications should be treated equally to those made online.

Supported by: Liam McArthur, John Farquhar Munro, Jamie Stone, Hugh O’Donnell, Ross Finnie, Alison McInnes, Mike Rumbles, Mike Pringle, Jim Hume, Robin Harper, Gil Paterson, Jamie McGrigor, Mary Scanlon

S3M-1705# Alasdair Allan: Fuel Costs—That the Parliament notes that the price of diesel is now over £1.30 in the Western Isles and across Scotland’s island and remote communities, making it probably the most expensive diesel in the western world; further notes that fuel costs now represent an ever increasing burden in the Western and Northern Isles, not least for businesses and fishermen, some of whom report 80% increases in diesel costs in the last two years; notes that the main company delivering fuel to the islands deposits fuel at differing costs at different ports on the west coast despite the fact that the same vessel is used; notes the irony of an oil-producing nation putting its motorists, businesses, fishermen and rural businesses in this impossible position, and finally notes the various measures that exist in parts of France, which make cuts in fuel duty in the remotest areas.

Supported by: Bill Kidd, Tavish Scott, Kenneth Gibson, Liam McArthur, Bob Doris, Bashir Ahmad, Roseanna Cunningham, Alex Neil, Stuart McMillan, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Brian Adam, Jamie Hepburn, Christina McKelvie, Jamie Stone, Gil Paterson, Dave Thompson, Michael Matheson, Joe FitzPatrick, Rob Gibson, Christine Grahame, Willie Coffey, Angela Constance, John Farquhar Munro, Bill Wilson

S3M-1692# Christine Grahame: How Much is that Doggy in the Window?—That the Parliament notes that the international trade in dog and cat fur leads to the slaughter of around 2 million dogs and cats in Asia each year; further notes that there is considerable public concern about the lack of protection for animals in China, given its role as the main exporter in the dog and cat fur trade; notes that it takes 12 to 15 adult dogs, usually Alsatians, for a dog fur coat, which may be labelled for instance “fox”or “sobaki” and up to 24 cats for a cat fur coat, to be made and that these may also be used as trim on hats and gloves; notes that EU Regulation 1523/2007 banning the sale, production, marketing and import into or export out of the EU of dog and cat fur and products containing these types of fur will not come into effect until the end of 2008 and that, in any event, it is difficult to identify, after processing, the skins without DNA testing, and considers that stringent DNA testing of unclassified furs presented for import should begin without delay and, when the species of the animal is not clearly identified, entry of the item in question should be prohibited, in the south of Scotland and elsewhere.

Supported by: Joe FitzPatrick, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Elaine Smith, Alex Neil, Kenneth Gibson, Patrick Harvie, Irene Oldfather, Stuart McMillan, Robin Harper, Jamie Hepburn, Elaine Murray, Bill Kidd, Christina McKelvie, Gil Paterson, Willie Coffey

S3M-1669# Bill Wilson: Commemorative Stamps for 200th Anniversary of Scots Language Dictionary and Funding for Complete Modern Scots Dictionary—That the Parliament notes that 2008 is the 200th anniversary of John Jamieson’s extensively researched An Etymological Dictionary of the Scottish Language, a book dedicated to the Baron of Renfrew, known also as the Prince of Wales, which included words from Renfrewshire and elsewhere in Scotland; notes that this dictionary set new standards in lexicography and has influenced two centuries of lexicographers, including Sir James Murray, the founding father of the Oxford English Dictionary, and those presently working for


the Scots language dictionaries organisation; regrets, however, that two centuries after the publication of An Etymological Dictionary there is still no complete modern dictionary of the Scots language which includes words Scots shares with the related language, English; notes that this anomaly prevents the production of an effective spell-checker for Scots and makes automated translation impossible; believes that the existence of such a complete dictionary would raise the status of the Scots language and help prevent possible discrimination against the language and its speakers in the west of Scotland and elsewhere, and would welcome investigation of the feasibility of both providing adequate funds for the production of such a dictionary and the issuing of stamps to commemorate John Jamieson’s remarkable achievement.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Kenneth Gibson, Bill Kidd, Bashir Ahmad, Brian Adam, Rob Gibson, Bob Doris, Dave Thompson, Gil Paterson, Willie Coffey, Cathy Peattie

S3M-1667# Sandra White: Congratulations to Glaswegian Newspaper—That the Parliament congratulates The Glaswegian newspaper for its campaign against post office closures and in particular its involvement of the public and Glasgow City Council and sincerely hopes that all interested parties will work together to stop the further erosion of post office services in Glasgow and Scotland.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Bashir Ahmad, Rob Gibson, Bill Kidd, Kenneth Gibson, Stuart McMillan, Brian Adam, Bob Doris, Gil Paterson

S3M-1653# Shirley-Anne Somerville: World Heritage Day—That the Parliament welcomes World Heritage Day on 18 April 2008 as a celebration of the 851 locations across the globe which have become World Heritage sites and as an opportunity to raise public awareness concerning the diversity of the world’s heritage and the efforts that are required to protect and conserve it; notes that the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh are one of four World Heritage sites in Scotland and have been one since 1995; celebrates the role that Edinburgh’s status as a World Heritage site has played in bringing tourism to the capital, and invites residents and tourists to celebrate World Heritage Day in Edinburgh by visiting sites of historic interest in the city.

Supported by: Bashir Ahmad, Rob Gibson, Bill Kidd, Kenneth Gibson, Elaine Smith, Aileen Campbell, Robin Harper, Alex Neil, Roseanna Cunningham, Michael Matheson, Jamie Hepburn, Dave Thompson, Nanette Milne, Bob Doris, Patrick Harvie, Keith Brown, Christina McKelvie, John Lamont, Elizabeth Smith, Alasdair Allan, Stuart McMillan, Mary Scanlon, Tavish Scott, Sarah Boyack, Jack McConnell, Gil Paterson

S3M-1652# Bill Butler: Racism in Football—That the Parliament congratulates Show Racism the Red Card on the success both of its 2008 Schools’ Art Competition and its unique employment of football to convey messages of tolerance and citizenship in schools and communities throughout Scotland; welcomes its development of educational resources which contribute greatly towards helping young people to gain a greater understanding of different cultures in our society; notes that during the course of the current season there have been several cases of players being racially abused, at all levels of the game, and others being targeted for abuse owing to their decision to play international football for countries other than Scotland; acknowledges the contribution made down the years both to the national team and to club sides by players born outside Scotland and, whilst welcoming the increased efforts being made by governing bodies, players, clubs, supporters trusts and educational initiatives to tackle racism, accepts that there is still a great deal of work to be done to remove this ugly stain from “the beautiful game”.

Supported by: John Park, Johann Lamont, David Whitton, David Stewart, Rob Gibson, Mr Frank McAveety, Jamie Hepburn, Hugh Henry, Aileen Campbell, Richard Baker, Jackie Baillie, Sandra White, Karen Whitefield, Cathy Peattie, Elaine Smith, Marlyn Glen, Ken Macintosh, Dave Thompson, Hugh O’Donnell, Robin Harper, Bob Doris, Bashir Ahmad, Dr Richard Simpson, Mary Mulligan, Bill Kidd, Joe FitzPatrick, Stuart McMillan, Liam McArthur, Christine Grahame, Michael McMahon, Roseanna Cunningham, Sarah Boyack, Jim Tolson, Trish Godman, Brian Adam, Elaine Murray, James Kelly, Iain Gray, Des McNulty, Karen Gillon, Bill Aitken, Patricia Ferguson, Michael Matheson, Shirley-Anne Somerville, George Foulkes, Jack McConnell, Jamie McGrigor, Rhoda Grant, Gil Paterson


S3M-1650# Jamie Hepburn: Cumbernauld Bus Station—That the Parliament believes safe and accessible public transport has a key role to play in achieving sustainable economic growth in Scotland; recognises the importance of a modern and appropriate infrastructure to complement the public transport network; notes the dilapidated or non-existent state of bus station facilities in many areas of central Scotland, including the lack of a proper bus station in Cumbernauld town centre, and acknowledges the important role of transport authorities and operators in working together to provide and expedite safe, modern bus station facilities in Cumbernauld and elsewhere.

Supported by: Hugh O’Donnell, Rob Gibson, Alasdair Allan, Bill Kidd, Christopher Harvie, Kenneth Gibson, Christina McKelvie, Alex Neil, Aileen Campbell, Stuart McMillan, Sandra White, Robin Harper, Bashir Ahmad, Michael Matheson, Bob Doris, Gil Paterson

S3M-1645# Karen Whitefield: Sweet 16?: The Age of Leaving Care in Scotland—That the Parliament welcomes the Sweet 16? report by the Commissioner for Children and Young People in Scotland into the age of leaving care; expresses concern that while law and policy strongly advise that young people should be encouraged and supported to stay in care until 18 years of age where their welfare requires it, and that some local authorities such as North Lanarkshire are making welcome progress in achieving that objective, Scottish Government statistics show that eight times as many young people leave care at 16 as leave at 18; notes that as a result many young people encounter problems with paying bills, alcohol and drugs, continuing education and homelessness; believes that this is unacceptable, and recognises the merits of the report’s recommendations to change the culture that assumes 16 as the age for leaving care so ensuring that in the future no young person feels pressurised to leave care before they are ready, that proper care until 18 is a right for all, that support continues to be available during the transition to independence, that the destinations and outcomes for young people leaving care are properly monitored and that all young people in care, in Airdrie and Shotts and across Scotland, receive the support, advice and information about their rights and options for the future that they require.

Supported by: Cathy Jamieson, Elaine Smith, Mary Mulligan, Mr Frank McAveety, David Whitton, Cathy Peattie, Ken Macintosh, Claire Baker, Patrick Harvie, John Park, Hugh Henry, Marlyn Glen, Elaine Murray, Karen Gillon, Jackie Baillie, Robin Harper, Trish Godman, Angela Constance, Dr Richard Simpson, Hugh O’Donnell, Rhona Brankin, Robert Brown, Ross Finnie, Sarah Boyack, Johann Lamont, Rhoda Grant, David Stewart

S3M-1643# Tricia Marwick: Bevin Boys—That the Parliament welcomes the long overdue recognition by Her Majesty’s Government of the Bevin Boys for their role during the Second World War; appreciates the vital contribution that they made to the war effort in the pits of Fife and elsewhere in the United Kingdom, and expresses profound regret that this recognition comes 62 years after the war ended and that many of the Bevin Boys have not lived to see their sacrifices acknowledged. Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Kenneth Gibson, Mike Pringle, Alex Neil, Joe FitzPatrick, Alasdair Allan, Christina McKelvie, Rob Gibson, Bob Doris, Dave Thompson, Elaine Smith, Bill Kidd, Roseanna Cunningham, Brian Adam, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Stuart McMillan, Ian McKee, Sandra White, Bashir Ahmad, Hugh Henry, Robin Harper, Hugh O’Donnell, Jim Tolson, Bill Wilson, Ken Macintosh, Michael Matheson, Cathy Peattie, Gil Paterson

S3M-1627#Tricia Marwick:MS Awareness Week 21-27 April 2008—That the Parliament welcomes the focus on the emotional, physical and financial costs of multiple sclerosis of this year’s MS Awareness Week which runs from 21 to 27 April 2008; recognises that Scotland has the highest rate of the condition in the world and that its costs can be significant for the approximately 10,500 people living with multiple sclerosis in Scotland as they deal with the impact that it can have on every aspect of their lives; supports the work that the MS Society Scotland does to provide advice, support and information to people affected by MS, and recognises that, while considerable progress has been made in the provision of MS specialists in NHS boards, the statutory services available to people affected by MS remain variable across the country and that social care services in particular need to improve so that high-quality support is available wherever people live in Scotland.

Supported by: Ted Brocklebank, Bill Wilson, Karen Gillon, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Marlyn Glen, Liam McArthur, John Scott, Ken Macintosh, Elizabeth Smith, Nanette Milne, Alex Neil, John Lamont, Joe FitzPatrick, Mike Pringle, Trish Godman, Jackie Baillie, Alison McInnes, Jamie Hepburn, Bill Butler,


Hugh O’Donnell, Bob Doris, Christina McKelvie, Robert Brown, Roseanna Cunningham, Jackson Carlaw, Bill Kidd, Robin Harper, Alasdair Allan, Stuart McMillan, Sandra White, Rob Gibson, Mary Scanlon, Brian Adam, Hugh Henry, Cathy Peattie, Elaine Smith, Dave Thompson, John Park, Kenneth Gibson, Ross Finnie, Gil Paterson, Margaret Mitchell, Michael Matheson, Dr Richard Simpson, Angela Constance, Jamie McGrigor, Sarah Boyack, Karen Whitefield, Tavish Scott, Johann Lamont, Rhoda Grant, Margaret Curran

S3M-1626#Angela Constance:No Recourse No Safety—That the Parliament notes the publication of No Recourse No Safety: The Government’s Failure to Protect Women from Violence, a report by Amnesty International and the Southall Black Sisters; is disturbed by the evidence that not having recourse to public funds prevents women with insecure immigration status from accessing the benefits they need to claim refuge, effectively trapping women in violence or destitution; welcomes the Scottish Government’s ongoing commitment to tackling violence against women, continuing the good work commenced by the previous Scottish administration; acknowledges the pivotal contribution of local services such as the West Lothian Council Domestic Abuse Service which provides a service to women from a minority population; notes that not having recourse to public funds affects women who have valid visas as spouses, students, visitors and workers and those who are classed as “overstayers” in addition to victims of trafficking; acknowledges that organisations such as West Lothian Women’s Aid are accommodating and assisting women with no recourse to public funds, and commends the recommendations of No Recourse No Safety, in particular the need for the Scottish Government to put in place emergency funding while a permanent solution from the UK Government is sought, namely exempting women fleeing violence from the no recourse to public funds requirement.

Supported by: Alex Neil, Bashir Ahmad, Jamie Hepburn, Ian McKee, Stuart McMillan, Robin Harper, Kenneth Gibson, Bill Wilson, Hugh O’Donnell, Bill Kidd, Roseanna Cunningham, Patrick Harvie, Rob Gibson, Bob Doris, Christina McKelvie, Elaine Smith, Dave Thompson, Aileen Campbell, Gil Paterson, Trish Godman, Michael Matheson, Cathy Peattie, Joe FitzPatrick

S3M-1611# Johann Lamont: Congratulations to the Bullwood Project—That the Parliament applauds the ambition, energy, tenacity and vision of the Bullwood Project, a self-help group based in the Pollok parliamentary constituency; notes the creativity and environmental benefits of its work and that it is working towards being a self-sustaining social enterprise; supports social enterprises which make a real difference in our communities; applauds particularly the Bullwood Project’s contribution to Scotland Week in New York in producing the largest caber in the world; congratulates the project on being invited by the Tartan Day Parade Committee to march in the parade on 5 April 2008, and believes that this caber is an imaginative way of communicating Scotland’s message of friendship and humanity to all those who will participate in the Scotland Week celebration and will see the caber as it is exhibited in the USA.

Supported by: Alex Neil, Mr Frank McAveety, Sandra White, Bob Doris, Bill Kidd, Trish Godman, Hugh Henry, Cathy Peattie, Mary Mulligan, Patricia Ferguson, Hugh O’Donnell, Elaine Smith, Iain Gray, Gil Paterson, Marilyn Livingstone, Jack McConnell, Patrick Harvie, Kenneth Gibson, Des McNulty, Helen Eadie, Bashir Ahmad, Jackson Carlaw, Karen Gillon, Ken Macintosh, Sarah Boyack, Jackie Baillie, Karen Whitefield, Rhona Brankin, David Stewart

S3M-1610#Alison McInnes:Young Drivers - Reducing the Death Toll—That the Parliament notes with concern that one in three fatal road accidents in Scotland last year involved young people under the age of 25 and that three quarters of those crashes happened on rural roads; notes that this is particularly true in the Grampian region where 40% of fatalities were young drivers and so welcomes The Press and Journal’s Young Driver of the Year competition; further welcomes the competition entrants’ innovative recommendations on how the death toll on the roads could be reduced, and considers that all these recommendations should be examined in detail to see which proposals could be taken forward to improve the safety of young drivers in Scotland.

Supported by: Nanette Milne, Mike Pringle, Jim Tolson, Kenneth Gibson, Elizabeth Smith, Mike Rumbles, Sandra White, Jim Hume, Bill Kidd, Brian Adam, Jamie Hepburn, Des McNulty, Elaine Smith, Cathy Peattie, Gil Paterson, Marlyn Glen, Bob Doris, Trish Godman, Hugh O’Donnell, Robin Harper, Claire Baker, Hugh Henry, Dave Thompson, Alasdair Allan, Angela Constance, Sarah Boyack, Mary Scanlon, Tom McCabe


Record of Members’ Business Taken by the Parliament from 6 June 2007

Date MSP Party Subject

06.06.07 Roseanna Cunningham SNP Rescue from Moving Water 07.06.07 Des McNulty LAB Alimta for Mesothelioma Sufferers 13.06.07 Karen Whitefield LAB Education is a Human Right

14.06.07 Rob Gibson SNP Scottish Norwegian Commercial Co-operation

20.06.07 Margaret Mitchell CON Motor Neurone Disease

21.06.07 Jim Hume LD Local Food

27.06.07 Andrew Welsh SNP Tartan Day Celebrations 28.06.07 David Stewart LAB National Diabetes Week 05.09.07 Sandra White SNP Asylum Seekers in Scotland 06.09.07 Trish Godman LAB Maintenance of Common Land on

Scottish Housing Estates 12.09.07 Sarah Boyack LAB Save the Land Reform Act and

Restore the Will of Parliament 13.09.07 Brian Adam SNP MacMillan Cancer Support’s

Recovered but not Covered Campaign 19.09.07 Murdo Fraser CON Beauly Denny Public Inquiry

20.09.07 Patricia Ferguson LAB ICL Factory Explosion – Call For Public Inquiry

26.09.07 Mike Rumbles LD Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route

2709.07 Kenneth Gibson SNP Warm Zones

03.10.07 Cathie Craigie LAB NDCS Change Your World Consultation

04.10.07 Bob Doris SNP Glasgow Milton and Chirnsyde Community Initiative

24.10.07 Christine Grahame SNP Can't Afford to Foster

25.10.07 Michael McMahon LAB Public-Social Partnership Pilot in North Lanarkshire

31.10.07 Elaine Murray LAB Further Job Losses at Young’s Seafood, Annan

01.11.07 Tavish Scott LD Crown Estate Taxation on Harbour Developments

07.11.07 Stuart McMillan SNP House of Lords Ruling on Pleural Plaques

08.11.07 Nanette Milne CON Autism Parliamentary Network 14.11.07 Paul Martin LAB Car Parking Charges at Stobhill


15.11.07 Bill Wilson SNP Perceived Norms of Alcohol and Tobacco Consumption - Pilot Studies in Scottish Educational Institutions

21.11.07 Bill Kidd SNP Recycling Waste Wood

22.11.07 Mary Scanlon CON Bog Myrtle (Sweet Gale) Industry 28.11.07 Des McNulty LAB Science and the Parliament,

Wednesday 28 November 2007 29.11.07 Cathy Jamieson LAB Coalfields Regeneration Trust in

Scotland 5.12.07 Christine Grahame SNP Lancastria 6.12.07 Robert Brown LD 100 Years of Scouting

12.12.07 Liam McArthur LD Air Ambulance Service in Orkney 13.12.07 Bashir Ahmad SNP Standing United with Glasgow's

Pakistani Community 19.12.07 John Lamont CON Support for Border News 20.12.07 Bill Butler LAB Support Project Scotland


9.01.08 Keith Brown SNP Government Powers to Ensure Terrestrial Broadcast of Sport 10.01.08 Des McNulty LAB The St Margaret of Scotland Hospice 16.01.08 Cathy Peattie LAB Young People in the Workplace 17.01.08 Roseanna Cunnigham SNP Defence Aviation and Repair Agency

Almondbank - No To Privatisation 23.01.08 Patrick Harvie GRN Scottish Campuses Can Go Greener 24.01.08 George Foulkes LAB Time for Fresh Debate on Organ


30.01.08 Margo MacDonald IND Maximising Migrants' Opportunities 31.01.08 Elizabeth Smith CON Extra-curricular Outdoor Education for

Every School Pupil

06.02.08 Rob Gibson SNP Congratulations to the Fifth Annual Scots Trad Music Awards

07.02.08 Margaret Smith LD Edinburgh Park Railway Station 20.02.08 Marilyn Livingstone LAB Supporters Direct in Scotland 21.02.08 Jamie Hepburn SNP Central Scotland Rail Improvements 27.02.08 John Scott CON Recreational Sea Angling

28.02.08 Cathy Jamieson LAB Proposed Closure of Rural Schools 05.03.08 Trish Godman LAB Scottish Wheelchair Users and their

Human Rights 06.03.08 Kenneth Gibson SNP Anorexia and Bulimia

12.03.08 David Thompson SNP Make Scotland's Roads Safer - Reduce the Drinking Limits 13.03.08 Aileen Campbell SNP No End in Sight to the War in Iraq 19.03.08 Patricia Feruson LAB Celebrating Fairtrade Fortnight 20.03.08 Gil Paterson SNP Council of Europe Convention on

Action Against Trafficking in Human Beings

26.03.08 Jeremy Purvis LD Choices for People Coming to the End of Terminal Illness

27.03.08 Mary Scanlon CON Elgin Bypass

16.04.08 Hugh O’Donnell LD A Call for Better Epilepsy Care 17.04.08 Bill Butler LAB Strathclyde Partnership for Transport

Report on Glasgow Crossrail 23.04.08 Mary Mulligan LAB Yes to Bathgate Business

Improvement District 24.04.08 Tricia Marwick SNP Leven to Thornton Rail Link 30.04.08 Willie Coffey SNP Fenwick Weavers' Society and the

Co-operative Model

01.05.08 Elaine Smith LAB Remember the Dead, Fight for the Living

07.05.08 Nanette Milne CON Alternative and Augmentative Communication

08.05.08 Alison McInnes LD RNIB Scotland's Right to Read Campaign

14.05.08 Christopher Harvie SNP Supermarket Dominance in Scottish Retailing

15.05.08 John Park LAB Upper Forth Crossing

21.05.08 David Stewart LAB Increasing Access to Insulin Pumps 22.05.08 Ian McKee SNP National Association of Youth

Orchestras 28.05.08 Alasdair Allan SNP Fuel Costs

29.05.08 Angela Constance SNP No Recourse No Safety



Frequency (no.) 27 25 9 9 1 1 72



Date of Lodging:

<Date of Lodging>

Short Title:

Business Motion

<Unique Identifier> Bruce Crawford (Stirling) (SNP) on behalf of the Parliamentary

Bureau: That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 4 June 2008

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Drugs Strategy

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business Thursday 5 June 2008

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Government Debate: Remote and Rural Health Care 11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister's Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time

Justice and Law Officers;

Rural Affairs and the Environment

2.55 pm Scottish Government Debate: Investment in Scottish Infrastructure

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members' Business Wednesday 11 June 2008

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Government Business

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time


Thursday 12 June 2008

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Labour Party Business 11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister's Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time

Finance and Sustainable Growth 2.55 pm Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 Proceedings: Public Health etc. (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time



Date of Lodging:

<Date of Lodging>

Short Title:

Business Motion

<Unique Identifier> Bruce Crawford (Stirling) (SNP): Business Motion:

That the

Parliament agrees that consideration of the Judiciary and Courts (Scotland) Bill at

Stage 2 be completed by 20 June 2008.





Monday 26


1430-1700 Constituency

Tuesday 27

0930-1230 Committees

1430-1700 Committees

Wednesday 28

1430 Time for Reflection

Followed by Parliamentary Bureau

Motions (if required)

1435-1520 Ministerial Statement on

Scottish Futures Trust

1520-1700 Scottish Government

Subject Debate on Climate Change

Followed by Business Motion

Followed by Parliamentary Bureau

Motions (if required)

1700 Decision Time followed by

Members’ Business (SNP) S3M-1705

Alasdair Allan: Fuel Costs

Thursday 29

0915 Parliamentary

Bureau Motions (if


0915-1000 Ministerial

Statement on Drugs


1000-1140 Scottish

Government Debate on

the Common

Agricultural Policy

Health Check

1140 – 1200 General

Question Time

1200 - 1230 First

Minister’s Question


1415-1455 Themed Question Time:

Health and Wellbeing

1455-1700 Scottish Government Debate

on Moving Scotland Forward

Followed by Parliamentary Bureau

Motions (if required)

1700 Decision Time followed by

Members’ Business (SNP) S3M-1626

Angela Constance: No Recourse No






Monday 2


1430-1700 Constituency

Tuesday 3

0930-1230 Committees

1430-1700 Committees

Wednesday 4

1430 Time for Reflection

Followed by Parliamentary Bureau

Motions (if required)

1435-1700 Scottish Government Debate

on Drugs Strategy

Followed by Business Motion

Followed by Parliamentary Bureau

Motions (if required)

1700 Decision Time followed by

Members’ Business (Lab) S3M-1923 Bill

Butler: 60th Anniversary of the National

Health Service

Thursday 5

0915 Parliamentary

Bureau Motions (if


0915-0945 SPCB Debate

on the Review of the

Members’ Allowances

Scheme Report


0945-1140 Scottish

Government Debate on

Remote and Rural Health


1140 – 1200 General

Question Time

1200 - 1230 First

Minister’s Question Time

1415-1455 Themed Question Time:

Justice and Law Officers; Rural Affairs

and the Environment

1455-1700 Scottish Government Debate

on Investment in Scottish Infrastructure

Followed by Parliamentary Bureau

Motions (if required)

1700 Decision Time followed by

Members’ Business (Con) S3M-1960

Jackson Carlaw: Holocaust Education in






Monday 9


1430-1700 Constituency

Tuesday 10

0930-1230 Committees

1430-1700 Committees

Wednesday 11

1430 Time for Reflection

Followed by Parliamentary Bureau

Motions (if required)

1435-1700 Scottish Government


Followed by Business Motion

Followed by Parliamentary Bureau

Motions (if required)

1700 Decision Time followed by

Members’ Business (LD)

Thursday 12

0915 Parliamentary

Bureau Motions (if


0915-1140 Labour Party


1140 – 1200 General

Question Time

1200 - 1230 First

Minister’s Question


1415-1455 Themed Question Time:

Finance and Sustainable Growth

Followed by Parliamentary Bureau

Motions (if required)

1455-1700 Stage 3 Debate: Public

Health etc. (Scotland) Bill

Followed by Parliamentary Bureau

Motions (if required)

1700 Decision Time followed by

Members’ Business (Lab)





1. The Bureau is invited to agree the following motion—

Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau:

That the Parliament

agrees that the following instrument be approved:

the Fundable Bodies (The Scottish Agricultural College) (Scotland) Order 2008.

Purpose and consideration by Committee

The Fundable Bodies (The Scottish Agricultural College) (Scotland) Order 2008

2. The Scottish Agricultural College (SAC) is currently funded by the Rural and

Environment Research and Analysis Directorate of the Scottish Government. To

bring SAC into a position similar to other higher education institutions in Scotland,

it has been proposed that from 1 August 2008 the funding for SAC’s education

provision will transfer to the Scottish Funding Council.

3. The Scottish Funding Council may only fund institutions listed in Schedule 2 of

the Further and Higher Education (Scotland) Act 2005. The purpose of this

instrument is to add SAC to that list.

4. The Education, Lifelong Learning and Culture Committee considered the

instrument at its meeting on 14 May. After debate the motion to approve the

instrument was agreed to without division.

Parliamentary Business Team

May 2008





1. The Offences (Aggravation by Prejudice) (Scotland) Bill was introduced on 19

May. The Bill falls within the remit of the following committees for the following



The Bill concerns a criminal justice matter, i.e. the

aggravation of offences.

Equal Opportunities

The Bill deals specifically with certain equal opportunities


2. Members will recall that, at its meeting on 23 October 2007, the Bureau referred

the draft proposal on the Bill to the Equal Opportunities Committee for

consideration. However, it was noted at the time that this decision would not bind

the Bureau when considering the referral of the Bill at Stage 1.

3. In considering which committee to refer the Bill to, the Bureau is invited to

consider the current position of both committees—

The Justice Committee is expected to be designated lead committee on the

proposed Sexual Offences (Scotland) Bill and the proposed Damages

(Asbestos-related Conditions) (Scotland) Bill which are expected to be

introduced before the summer recess. It is also completing its inquiry into

Community Policing and, as a consequence, it would be unable to begin its

consideration of the Offences (Aggravation by Prejudice) (Scotland) Bill until

February 2009.

The Equal Opportunities Committee has indicated that it has a full agenda

covering a range of issues and has organised a full range of visits in relation

to that agenda. The Committee has also already indicated that it does not

wish to be designated lead committee at Stage 1 and the attached letter from

the Convener of the Committee, which was circulated to members earlier this

year, sets out the Committee’s reasons for that position. At its most recent

meeting, the Committee also agreed to make a formal request to be

designated secondary committee.

4. The Bureau is invited to consider which committee to refer the Bill to at Stage 1.


Parliamentary Business Team

May 2008


Letter from Convener of the Equal Opportunities Committee

Mr Alex Fergusson

Presiding Officer


Scottish Parliament


EH99 1SP

Room T3.40

Scottish Parliament


EH99 1SP

Direct Tel: 0131-348-5408

Fax: 0131-348-5600

(Central) Textphone: 0845-270-0152




March 2008

I write to advise that at yesterday’s meeting of the Equal Opportunities Committee,

Members discussed the proposed Sentencing of Offences Aggravated by Prejudice

(Scotland) Bill.

The committee is aware that the proposed Bill has not yet been introduced in the

Parliament and that, once it has been, it will be the Parliamentary Bureau’s

responsibility to refer it to the committee within whose remit the subject matter of the

Bill falls.

Having discussed this issue, the committee is unanimous in the view that the Bill

should not be referred to the Equal Opportunities Committee. Given that its content

is concerned with sentencing, the committee considers that this would be a matter

for the Justice Committee and notes the precedent of the Criminal Justice (Scotland)

Act 2003. This bill, which makes similar sentencing provision to the proposed

Sentencing of Offences Aggravated by Prejudice (Scotland) Bill, dealt with offences

motivated by religious prejudice, and was deemed quite clearly, to fall within the

Justice remit. Hence the bill was considered by the previous Justice 2 Committee.

Whilst Members of the Equal Opportunities Committee have already contacted their

business managers on an individual basis to make the Committee’s views clear, it

was decided that it would be courteous and prudent to write to you, as chair of the

Bureau, to confirm the Equal Opportunities Committee’s position.

I should therefore be grateful if this information could be conveyed to members of the

Bureau prior to the discussion on the referral of the Bill.

Margaret Mitchell MSP




1. At its meeting on 20 May 2008, the Bureau agreed to refer the Judiciary

and Courts (Scotland) Bill back to the Justice Committee for consideration

at Stage 2.

2. The Bureau is invited to recommend to the Parliament a deadline of 20

June 2008 for that Stage.

Parliamentary Business Team

May 2008





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