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Sexual Health Misinformation
That the Parliament notes the publication of pamphlets stating that condoms are not reliable in preventing the spread of HIV, as discovered by BBC Panorama researchers working in Kenya and other areas of high HIV prevalence; opposes the spread of such misinformation in Scotland; condemns those who publish, promote or endorse such life-threatening propaganda, whether abroad or in Scotland; notes the opinion of the US National Institutes of Health and other expert opinion worldwide that intact latex condoms are essentially impermeable to even the smallest sexually transmitted virus, hepatitis B; notes the intention of the Scottish Executive to publish the report of the Sexual Health Strategy expert group in the near future, and believes that any effective sexual health strategy for Scotland will include the promotion of condom use and safer sex practices among other approaches.

Supported by: Carolyn Leckie, Frances Curran, Chris Ballance, Marlyn Glen, Mark Ballard, Margaret Smith, Rosemary Byrne, Mark Ruskell, Jean Turner, Tommy Sheridan, Shiona Baird, Rosie Kane, Eleanor Scott, Sandra White, Robin Harper, Pauline McNeill, Susan Deacon, Elaine Smith

Ministerial Boycott of World Peace Debate
That the Parliament deplores the decision by the Scottish Executive to boycott the debate on world peace and considers that Executive ministers should take part in every Parliamentary debate.

Supported by: Campbell Martin, Carolyn Leckie, Stewart Maxwell, Frances Curran, Rob Gibson, Rosemary Byrne, Tommy Sheridan, Rosie Kane, Richard Lochhead, Mark Ruskell, Mark Ballard, Chris Ballance, Shiona Baird, Nicola Sturgeon, Linda Fabiani, Eleanor Scott, Christine Grahame, Colin Fox, Sandra White, Margo MacDonald, Robin Harper, Adam Ingram, Alasdair Morgan, Jean Turner, Brian Adam

Current Status: Eligible for Members’ Business, Pending Cross Party Support
Use of Sewel Motions
That the Parliament notes the Scottish Executive’s use of the convention known as the Sewel motion; recognises that there are occasional circumstances where the use of Sewel motions is an appropriate legislative route; believes that such motions should not be used for specifically political reasons and that an action of this nature would undermine the authority of the Parliament; further believes that it is possible for a process to be developed by which the Scottish Parliament can fully scrutinise a bill that is in passage at Westminster, and considers that this process would require a committee of the Scottish Parliament to consider the UK bill with sufficient time to take evidence and report, the Scottish Parliament to debate the committee’s report and agree recommendations for amendments to those parts of the bill that relate to Scotland, such recommendations to be submitted to the UK Parliament with sufficient time for their incorporation into the bill and a second Sewel motion to be considered by the Scottish Parliament to approve this bill as amended, before the bill is approved by the UK Parliament.

Supported by: Carolyn Leckie, Rosemary Byrne, Chris Ballance, Shiona Baird, Eleanor Scott, Tommy Sheridan, Rosie Kane, Robin Harper, Mark Ruskell, Mark Ballard, Christine Grahame, Frances Curran, Robert Brown, Brian Adam, Rob Gibson, Sandra White, Margaret Smith, Dennis Canavan, Jean Turner

M74 Public Local Inquiry
That the Parliament recognises and agrees that the answer to question S2F-383 by the First Minister on 27 November 2003 concerning the M74 motorway extension clearly gives an appearance of bias; believes that the Scottish Executive has conflicting roles in the decision-making process; further believes that the public local inquiry under way from 1 December 2003 has now been compromised such that under Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights the objectors are entitled to hold the view that the appeal process does not provide them with a fair and impartial hearing, and considers that the inquiry should be abandoned until such time as a process can be put in place that complies with Article 6.

Supported by: Colin Fox, Carolyn Leckie, Frances Curran, Rosemary Byrne, Mark Ballard, Chris Ballance, Eleanor Scott, Jean Turner, Tommy Sheridan, Mark Ruskell, Robin Harper, Rosie Kane, Shiona Baird

Class Actions
That the Parliament notes the Scottish Consumer Council's publication, A Class of their own - Why Scotland needs a class actions procedure; recognises the difficulty people face in pursuing multi-party legal actions in Scotland; believes that the potential benefits of introducing a class actions procedure are significant for the people of Scotland, and considers that the Scottish Executive should work towards the introduction of such a procedure.

Supported by: Carolyn Leckie, Robin Harper, Mark Ruskell, Mark Ballard, Eleanor Scott, Frances Curran, Tommy Sheridan, Chris Ballance, Rosemary Byrne, Rosie Kane, John Swinburne, Shiona Baird, Jean Turner

Current Status: Eligible for Members’ Business, Pending Cross Party Support
GM Crops
That the Parliament expresses concern at the apparent decision by the UK Government to approve the commercial cultivation of GM crops and therefore ignore the results of its own GM Nation debate; considers that the farm scale trials were too narrow in their scope to provide robust evidence of environmental safety and that no scientific evidence exists that proves that genetically modified organisms (GMOs) pose no danger to human health; calls on the Scottish Executive to use its existing power to refuse permission for the growing of GM crops until GM technology has been proved as safe for both human health and the environment, and believes that liability for any environmental, economic or health consequences of the intentional or unintentional release of GMOs in Scotland must fall on the biotech companies that produce them.

Supported by: Carolyn Leckie, Stewart Maxwell, Frances Curran, Rosie Kane, Robin Harper, Mark Ballard, Chris Ballance, Bruce Crawford, Tommy Sheridan, Shiona Baird, Eleanor Scott, Christine Grahame, Rosemary Byrne, Jean Turner, Sandra White

Maryhill Citizens Advice Bureau's Initiative for Asylum Seekers
That the Parliament applauds a radical new initiative to integrate asylum seekers into a deprived area of Glasgow by Maryhill Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB); welcomes the news that Maryhill CAB is poised to embark upon an 18-month drive to recruit refugees as volunteer CAB advisers; notes that up to 80% of the refugees the Bureau sees are professionals such as doctors, teachers, accountants and bankers; offers its congratulations to this project, which is backed by the European Social Fund and is the culmination of almost two years work by Citizens Advice Scotland, Maryhill CAB and other Glasgow bureaux; calls upon the Executive to encourage similar projects throughout Scotland, and believes that such attempts to bring the energy and skills of asylum seekers into Scottish life are a welcome change from the authoritarian treatment that asylum seekers receive.

Supported by: Carolyn Leckie, Stewart Maxwell, Frances Curran, Chris Ballance, Nicola Sturgeon, Eleanor Scott, Alex Neil, Robert Brown, Nora Radcliffe, Jean Turner, Donald Gorrie, John Swinburne, Mark Ballard, Shiona Baird, Sandra White, Tommy Sheridan, Linda Fabiani, Elaine Smith

Wedding Invite - Sir Elton John
That the Parliament applauds the decision by Clackmannanshire Council to invite Sir Elton John and David Furnish to tie the knot in a commitment service this summer; believes that, in addition to an endorsement of equality for the people of Clackmannanshire, there is significant tourism potential for the area, perhaps equal to that enjoyed by Gretna Green, in the provision of commitment services for the many couples who have been denied a formal celebration of their relationships and would love to do so in the beautiful settings, such as Alloa Tower, which Clackmannanshire offers.

Supported by: Carolyn Leckie, Mark Ruskell, Eleanor Scott, Frances Curran, Tommy Sheridan, Mark Ballard, Chris Ballance, Susan Deacon, Robin Harper

Environmental Justice
That the Parliament notes a new report, Environmental Justice, published by the World Wide Fund For Nature, the Environmental Law Foundation and Leigh, Day and Co, which alarmingly shows that the civil justice system effectively prevents people who are concerned about the environment from going to court and that the criminal justice system fails to provide effective deterrents to environmental and wildlife crimes in England and Wales; further notes that the report surveyed over 50 respondents, including 18 solicitors, 20 barristers and 15 non-governmental organisations, and found that 97% of those interviewed did not think that the civil law system delivered environmental justice, and urges the Scottish Executive to undertake a review of the civil and criminal justice systems in Scotland to ensure that the law properly protects the environment.

Supported by: Carolyn Leckie, Robin Harper, Shiona Baird, Mark Ruskell, Chris Ballance, Eleanor Scott, Mark Ballard, John Swinburne, Rosemary Byrne, Jean Turner, Frances Curran, Rosie Kane, Donald Gorrie

Recycling in Glasgow
That the Parliament expresses concern at the loss of recycling facilities from supermarkets in Glasgow; considers that supermarkets have a responsibility to make provision for recycling, given the huge amount of packaging generated by their business, but that a reasonable level of service from local authorities is necessary in order to keep “bring sites” in good order, and urges Glasgow City Council to give greater priority to ensuring that Glasgow residents can access recycling services either from home or from local facilities in their community.

Supported by: Robert Brown, Nora Radcliffe, Tommy Sheridan, Rosie Kane, Robin Harper, Mark Ruskell, Mark Ballard, Chris Ballance, Sandra White, Eleanor Scott, Carolyn Leckie, Frances Curran, Mike Pringle, Pauline McNeill, Linda Fabiani, Jean Turner, Rosemary Byrne, Marlyn Glen, Donald Gorrie, Shiona Baird