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To ask the First Minister what action the Scottish Executive will take to improve the quality and availability of information for patients diagnosed with diabetes.

Answered by Jack McConnell (26/06/2003): Our Scottish Diabetes Framework recognises good patient information as an essential part of diabetes care. An action plan on patient information is currently being developed.

Current Status: Answered by Jack McConnell on 26/06/2003
Industrial Action at Grampian TV
That the Parliament expresses concern at the prospect of industrial action at Grampian TV and considers that all sides should show restraint while negotiations to find an amicable solution continue.

Supported by: Brian Adam, Alex Johnstone, John Scott, Richard Lochhead, Margaret Mitchell, Murdo Fraser, Phil Gallie, James Douglas-Hamilton, Ted Brocklebank, David Davidson, Brian Monteith, Shiona Baird, Annabel Goldie


Current Status: Eligible for Members’ Business, Pending Cross Party Support
Support for Mountain Rescue Service
That the Parliament recognises the valuable life-saving work performed by the mountain rescue service in attending an estimated 400 incidents each year; notes that each mountain rescue team receives £6,000-7,000 via local police boards, which accounts for only a fraction of the average £30,000 annual running cost of each team, and commends the fundraising work by the teams, but reflects that a tiny proportion of the £500 million underspend by the Scottish Executive in 2002-03 would have equipped and maintained the teams in full for many years to come.

Supported by: David Mundell, David Davidson, Mary Scanlon, Brian Adam, Alex Johnstone, John Swinburne, Jamie McGrigor, Robin Harper, Mike Pringle, Rosie Kane, James Douglas-Hamilton, Phil Gallie, Margaret Mitchell, Jean Turner, Shiona Baird, Eleanor Scott, Ted Brocklebank, Rosemary Byrne, Donald Gorrie, Dennis Canavan, John Scott


Current Status: Eligible for Members’ Business, Pending Cross Party Support
Support for Clinical Perfusion Scientists
That the Parliament is supportive of the case of clinical perfusion scientists for admission as a regulated profession on the Health Professions Council and endorses the description of clinical perfusion as a distinct discipline fulfilling a unique role as outlined in Coronary Heart Disease and Stroke Strategy for Scotland.

Supported by: Alex Johnstone, Murray Tosh, James Douglas-Hamilton, Mary Scanlon, Sandra White, David Davidson, Bill Aitken, Margaret Mitchell, Phil Gallie, Brian Adam, John Scott


Current Status: Eligible for Members’ Business, Pending Cross Party Support
Charitable Organisations' Water Charges
That the Parliament expresses concern over the current rules of the Water and Sewerage Charges Exemption Scheme for charities which exclude charities formed after 1 April 1999, and any formed before that date which subsequently moved premises, from exemption from water and wastewater charges; notes that the move to high standing charges recommended by the Water Industry Commissioner has adversely affected such organisations, and further notes that the Water Customer Consultation Panel’s report on the principles of charging in August 2003 sought a national, open consultation on the best principles to be applied and that such consultation needs to be started soon.

Supported by: Stewart Maxwell, James Douglas-Hamilton, Ted Brocklebank, John Scott, Richard Lochhead, Phil Gallie, Murray Tosh, Sandra White, Roseanna Cunningham, Mary Scanlon, Alex Fergusson, Dennis Canavan, David Mundell, Rob Gibson, Murdo Fraser, Chris Ballance, Mark Ballard, Robin Harper, Donald Gorrie, Jean Turner, Frances Curran, John Swinburne, Alex Johnstone, Linda Fabiani, Shiona Baird


Current Status: Eligible for Members’ Business, Pending Cross Party Support
Congratulations to "Young Live and Loud in Aberdeenshire"
That the Parliament congratulates the young people and youth workers who organised the “Young Live and Loud in Aberdeenshire” event, on running a very successful and enjoyable day on Saturday 13 March 2004; notes that the entire Thainstone Mart complex was given over to the event which raised the awareness of over 2000 young people of the activities and leisure opportunities available to them in the Aberdeenshire region; hopes that the organisers will be able to build upon their successes by turning it into an annual event, and further hopes that other regions will follow the example set by Aberdeenshire in promoting activities to engage with young people and increase their participation in physical leisure and community opportunities.

 

Supported by: Nora Radcliffe, Margaret Ewing, David Davidson, Alex Johnstone, Shiona Baird, Murdo Fraser, Richard Lochhead, Jamie Stone, James Douglas-Hamilton, Ted Brocklebank, Tommy Sheridan, Robin Harper, Donald Gorrie, Jean Turner, Pauline McNeill, Bill Aitken, John Scott


Blood Donations in the Parliament
That the Parliament encourages the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body to make facilities available to the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service (SNBTS) to hold regular donor sessions for, specifically, MSPs and parliamentary staff; notes that the new policy of not accepting blood from donors who have received a blood transfusion since 1 January 1980 is likely to result in a loss of around four per cent of current donations; is concerned that, with secondary effects, this figure could increase to 10 per cent; welcomes the new initiative by SNBTS to recruit new donors and launch a new high profile media campaign later this year, and believes that the Parliament is in a unique position to be able to take the lead on the issue at a crucial time for securing national blood supplies.

Supported by: Stewart Maxwell, Rob Gibson, Fergus Ewing, Elaine Murray, Margo MacDonald, Bristow Muldoon, Sandra White, Michael McMahon, Kenny MacAskill, Jamie Stone, David Davidson, Chris Ballance, Donald Gorrie, Shiona Baird, Alex Johnstone, Brian Adam, Kate Maclean, Jackie Baillie, David Mundell, Stewart Stevenson, Robin Harper, Phil Gallie, Rosemary Byrne, John Swinburne, Ted Brocklebank, Christine Grahame, Margaret Jamieson, Alex Neil, Adam Ingram, Trish Godman, James Douglas-Hamilton, Rosie Kane, John Scott, Carolyn Leckie, Jean Turner, Elaine Smith, Linda Fabiani, Murray Tosh, Dennis Canavan


Congratulations to the University of Aberdeen on $1.85 million Gift
That the Parliament congratulates the University of Aberdeen on securing what is believed to be the single largest gift committed by an American fund to the study of humanities within a Scottish institution; notes that the $1.85 million gift will fund what is to be known as the Gluckman Chair of Irish and Scottish Studies; recognises that the university’s Research Institute of Irish and Scottish Studies is the first of its kind in the world for graduate study and research on the history, language, literature and culture of Ireland and Scotland and one of the largest concentrations of Scottish or Irish expertise in any European university, and notes that the first holder of the new chair will be Professor Tom Devine, University Research Professor in Scottish history and Director of the Arts and Humanities Research Board Centre for Irish and Scottish Studies at the University of Aberdeen.


Supported by: Rob Gibson, Robert Brown, David Davidson, Murray Tosh, Jamie Stone, Sandra White, Eleanor Scott, Donald Gorrie, David Mundell, Alex Johnstone, Shiona Baird, Brian Adam, Robin Harper, Ted Brocklebank, Alex Neil, James Douglas-Hamilton, Richard Lochhead, Margaret Ewing, Fiona Hyslop, John Scott, Phil Gallie, Jean Turner


Aberdeen Alcohol Support
That the Parliament commends the dedicated work of Albyn House, the Alcohol Advisory and Counselling Service and Bon Accord Befrienders in Aberdeen for providing help, advice and support to people with alcohol-related problems; recognises that alcohol abuse is a serious social problem that blights the lives of a steadily increasing number of people in Scotland; notes that these three organisations will be joining efforts to create Alcohol Support this summer; recognises the social, health and economic benefits that a secure stream of funding to alcohol support groups such as Alcohol Support would have for Scotland, and considers that the Scottish Executive should commend the new service as an exemplar in its field.

Supported by: Mary Scanlon, Shiona Baird, Sandra White, Brian Adam, Mike Rumbles, Keith Raffan, James Douglas-Hamilton, Ted Brocklebank, Rosemary Byrne, Murdo Fraser, Stewart Stevenson, Richard Lochhead, Phil Gallie, Margaret Mitchell, Tommy Sheridan, Robin Harper, Jean Turner, Donald Gorrie, Adam Ingram, Nora Radcliffe, Bill Aitken, David Davidson, Elaine Smith, Brian Monteith, John Swinburne


Current Status: Eligible for Members’ Business, Pending Cross Party Support
Congratulations to the British Pipe Band Championships Held at Turriff
That the Parliament congratulates the organisers of the British Pipe Band Championships held in Turriff, Aberdeenshire, on Saturday 12 June 2004 for arranging a spectacular day’s entertainment involving in excess of 3,000 pipers, drummers and highland dancers; further congratulates, not only the winners, but all performers for giving their best in front of an audience of 20,000 people and welcomes the huge economic benefit that the championships have brought to businesses in Aberdeenshire, and hopes that the championships will return to Turriff in the near future.

Supported by: Eleanor Scott, David Davidson, Bruce Crawford, Brian Adam, Richard Lochhead, Jamie McGrigor, Ted Brocklebank, Murdo Fraser, Bill Aitken, Tommy Sheridan, Stewart Stevenson, Sandra White, Jamie Stone, Tricia Marwick, Mark Ballard, Rob Gibson, Robin Harper, Jean Turner, Mary Scanlon, Donald Gorrie, Nora Radcliffe, Shiona Baird, Carolyn Leckie