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Pizza Hut Smoking Ban
That the Parliament welcomes the recent announcement by Pizza Hut of a ban on smoking in all of its UK restaurants; notes that the decision was reached in order to protect staff and customers from the dangers of passive smoking; believes that, by making its restaurants smoke-free, Pizza Hut will have a positive impact on its business, and  notes that its decision is in response to customer demand for smoke-free restaurants.

Supported by: Patrick Harvie, Rob Gibson, Jean Turner, Rosie Kane, Brian Adam, Alex Neil, Mike Pringle, Robert Brown, Jim Mather, Shiona Baird, Nora Radcliffe, Michael Matheson, Donald Gorrie, Christine Grahame, Chris Ballance, Christine May, Keith Raffan, Margo MacDonald, Mark Ballard


Continuation of Grant for Headway Scotland
That the Parliament appreciates the valuable work done by Headway Scotland in the field of support for both brain injury victims and their families and carers; recognises the importance of the continuation of the existing grant under section 10 of the Social Work (Scotland) Act 1968 to Headway Scotland in allowing them to continue and improve the crucial role already being filled by them, and calls upon the Scottish Executive to give assurances that these services are allowed to continue, unhindered by fears over the ceasing of existing funding, by guaranteeing the continuation of this community care grant.

Supported by: Michael Matheson, Adam Ingram, Donald Gorrie, Tommy Sheridan, Rosie Kane, Fiona Hyslop, Rob Gibson


Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland's Work
That the Parliament congratulates the Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland on its important role in improving public health in the 19th and 20th centuries by helping to tackle air pollution, polluted water supplies, unsafe food and overcrowding, and supports the evolving role of environment health officers in the 21st century as they continue to contribute to the well-being of Scottish communities.

 

Supported by: Rob Gibson, Stewart Stevenson, Kenny MacAskill, Tricia Marwick, Linda Fabiani, Jim Mather, David Davidson, Chris Ballance, Alex Neil, Sandra White, Elaine Smith, Elaine Murray, Christine Grahame, Bruce Crawford, Adam Ingram, Eleanor Scott, Roseanna Cunningham, Margaret Jamieson, Jean Turner, Iain Smith, Donald Gorrie, Shiona Baird


Smoking Ban in Shopping Centre Concourse
That the Parliament applauds the decision by the Avenue Shopping Centre in Newton Mearns to ban smoking from the common areas of the centre; appreciates the rights of units within the centre to make their own decision, but points out that this decision is based on public demand, and encourages other shopping centres and the units within the Avenue Shopping Centre to follow the example set.

Supported by: Mike Pringle, Stewart Stevenson, Rosie Kane, Robin Harper, Robert Brown, Richard Lochhead, Michael Matheson, Brian Adam, Rob Gibson, Tommy Sheridan, Nicola Sturgeon, Eleanor Scott, Margo MacDonald, Mark Ballard, Donald Gorrie, Trish Godman, Kenny MacAskill, Christine Grahame, Jean Turner


Congratulations to Michelle McManus
That the Parliament congratulates Michelle McManus on her achievement in reaching the final of Pop Idol; wishes her every success for the final on Saturday 20 December 2003, and is confident that she will continue to represent all that is good in Scotland’s young people today.

Supported by: Margaret Mitchell, Rob Gibson, Michael Matheson, Alex Neil, Tricia Marwick, Karen Gillon, Christine Grahame, Trish Godman, Jean Turner


Keep Smiling No One's Going to Die
That the Parliament condemns the cynical tactics of the tobacco industry and the advertising agencies that they employ in their attempts to recruit young people to smoking; congratulates the Centre for Tobacco Control Research at Strathclyde University for exposing the activities and attitudes of the tobacco and advertising industries through the publication of their documents on the internet at www.tobaccopapers.com; considers that the use by these industries of language such as “keep smiling no one's going to die” to be totally inappropriate and shows what the industries think of their customers, and notes that once again the tobacco industry has been caught attempting to promote a product that is responsible for the death of 13,000 Scots every year, despite denials.

Supported by: Carolyn Leckie, Patrick Harvie, Rob Gibson, Stewart Stevenson, Michael Matheson, Jim Mather, Chris Ballance, Brian Adam, Shiona Baird, Sandra White, Eleanor Scott, Mike Pringle, Robin Harper, Shona Robison, Trish Godman, Frances Curran, Donald Gorrie, Alasdair Morgan, Irene Oldfather, Alex Neil, Christine Grahame, Jean Turner, John Swinburne, Tommy Sheridan


Pregnant and Productive: An Investigation into Pregnancy Discrimination
That the Parliament welcomes the first ever investigation into pregnancy discrimination which has been launched by the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC); notes with concern that the EOC helpline receives more calls from women facing problems at work because of pregnancy than on any other subject; further expresses alarm that women have been demoted, disciplined or sacked simply for having a baby; strongly believes that the Scottish economy needs the skills and experience of pregnant women in the workplace and women returning from maternity leave, and calls on the Scottish Executive to act upon the findings of the investigation to put a stop to pregnancy discrimination.

Supported by: Carolyn Leckie, Frances Curran, Richard Lochhead, Alex Neil, Sandra White, Bruce McFee, Rob Gibson, Mike Pringle, Stewart Stevenson, Michael Matheson, Jim Mather, Shona Robison, Shiona Baird, Kate Maclean, Jackie Baillie, Elaine Smith, Christine Grahame, Rosemary Byrne, Tommy Sheridan, Chris Ballance, Eleanor Scott, Robin Harper, Jean Turner, Donald Gorrie, Adam Ingram, Fiona Hyslop, Colin Fox, Susan Deacon, Rosie Kane, Pauline McNeill


Smoking and Fertility
That the Parliament congratulates the British Medical Association (BMA) on its most recent report, Smoking and reproductive life - the impact of smoking on sexual, reproductive and child health; notes with concern the fact that women who smoke are three times more likely to have children with low birth weight and that smoking during pregnancy increases the risk of miscarriage, stillbirth and death of the newborn; takes cognisance of the fact that over a quarter of Scottish mothers smoke during pregnancy; asks the Scottish Executive to take on board the remarks made by Dr John Garner, chairman of the BMA Scottish Council, on the fact that the Scottish Executive's target to reduce smoking has not changed despite the release of its recent Tobacco Action Plan, and, in light of these comments, urges the Scottish Executive to set much more ambitious targets for the reduction of smoking in this group.

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan, Christine Grahame, Jim Mather, Stewart Stevenson, Robert Brown, Mark Ballard, Bruce Crawford, Brian Adam, Shiona Baird, Elaine Smith, Patrick Harvie, Rob Gibson, Rosie Kane, Donald Gorrie, Eleanor Scott, Robin Harper, Keith Raffan, Adam Ingram, Margo MacDonald, Jean Turner, Murray Tosh


Methadone Prescribing
That the Parliament expresses its condolences to the family of Craig Winstone who tragically died after taking a combination of methadone and valium; notes that during the Fatal Accident Inquiry the general practitioner concerned stated that she prescribed methadone to Craig without carrying out a urine test; is concerned that methadone prescribing practice varies widely across Scotland with no consistent approach between different NHS boards; calls on the Scottish Executive to help those working with patients with drug problems by ensuring that there are strong national guidelines in place for the prescribing of methadone, and further calls on the Executive to enforce minimum standards based on best practice across Scotland in order to avoid the possibility of differing standards resulting in avoidable deaths.

Supported by: Rob Gibson, Michael Matheson, Christine Grahame, Rosemary Byrne, Tommy Sheridan, Shiona Baird, Alex Neil, Sandra White, Trish Godman


A Recipe for Disaster
That the Parliament supports UNISON’s campaign to oppose EU plans for the privatisation of meat inspection: shares its concerns for the safety of Scottish meat if these plans go ahead; notes the recent report by the US Department of Agriculture on the failure of the privatised Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points System-based meat inspection system in the USA and the fact that the EU wants to impose the same system on Scotland’s meat hygiene industry, and believes that the Scottish Executive should oppose this privatisation and fight to keep meat inspection in the hands of independent government inspectors.

Supported by: Bruce McFee, Carolyn Leckie, Frances Curran, Rob Gibson, Stewart Stevenson, Robin Harper, Mark Ballard, Chris Ballance, Brian Adam, Adam Ingram, Tricia Marwick, Christine Grahame, Michael Matheson, Alex Neil, Patrick Harvie, Jean Turner, Mike Pringle, Sandra White, Roseanna Cunningham, Margaret Jamieson, Margaret Ewing, Fiona Hyslop, Kenny MacAskill, Donald Gorrie, Shona Robison, Shiona Baird, John Swinburne, Tommy Sheridan, Elaine Smith


Current Status: Eligible for Members’ Business, Pending Cross Party Support