Petitions Closed from September 2011

 

Petitions Closed from September 2011 onwards

PE812 

Petition by Caroline Paterson, on behalf of ‘Stirling Before Pylons’, calling for the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Executive to acknowledge the potential health hazards associated with long-term exposure to electromagnetic fields from high voltage transmission lines and to introduce as a matter of urgency effective planning regulations to protect public health.

PE1056 

Petition by Gordon, Jane and Steven McPherson calling for the Scottish parliament to urge the Scottish Executive to introduce mandatory assessment tools for all health boards for the diagnosis of deep vein thrombosis (DVT); to ensure commonality of patient guidance information regarding DVT; and to introduce a newborn screening programme for the Factor V gene, which has been shown to increase susceptibility to DVT.

PE1063 

Petition by Robert Thomson calling for the Scottish Parliament to investigate the apparent conflict of interest which exists between solicitors/advocates and clients in the present system of speculative fee arrangements (no win – no fee) and to urge the Scottish Executive to overhaul the existing speculative fee arrangement framework and procedures in order to make solicitors/advocates more accountable to their clients.

PE1073

Petition by Tom Minogue calling for the Scottish Parliament to investigate and establish the reasons for the apparently disproportionate number of Catholics in Scottish prisons.

PE1115 

Petition by Caroline Moore on behalf of the Campaign to Open Blackford Railway-station Again, calling for the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to ensure that national and regional transport strategies consider and focus on public transport solutions such as the reopening of Blackford railway station which is identified as a priority action in the latest Tayside and Central Regional Transport Strategy, and in doing so, recognises and supports the positive environmental, economic and social impacts of such local solutions. 

PE1135

Petition by Rob McDowall calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to review existing guidelines and risk assessment procedures to allow healthy gay and bisexual men to donate blood.

PE1175 

Petition by Dr Robert Grant, on behalf of the Glenrothes Area Futures Group, calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to immediately improve and upgrade the A92 trunk road, in particular between Prestonhall roundabout and Balfarg junction, to reduce the number of hazards and accidents and bring about improved benefits to the local and wider economy.

PE1189

Petition by Anne Lear, on behalf of Govanhill Housing Association, calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to conduct an inquiry into the responsibilities of private landlords, the levels of social housing below tolerable standard, and the impact ‘slum’ living conditions has on the health and wellbeing of both residents and the wider community, and whether such conditions should merit housing renewal area status and additional Scottish Government funding.

PE1192 

Petition by Donald Ewen Darroch calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to state how it is supporting and promoting independent vehicular ferry routes between the islands and the mainland and how the planning system is playing a constructive role in supporting the economic and social future of such routes.

PE1225 

Petition by Michelle Stewart calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to instruct, with immediate effect, an independent public inquiry under the Inquiries Act 2005 into the outbreak of clostridium difficile at the Vale of Leven Hospital so that wider lessons for the whole NHS can be learned and that the inquiry involves, and publicly funds, all relevant individuals, groups and organisations affected by the outbreak to determine the inquiry’s terms of reference and identify the issues to be examined.

PE1254

Petition by Mark Laidlaw Calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to amend section 51 of the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005 to allow flexibility in order that an employee of a fire and rescue authority can also be employed as a special constable.

PE1273 

Petition by Anne Massie calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to take the necessary action and make representations to the appropriate bodies to stop the overnight running of freight trains on the Stirling-Alloa-Kincardine railway line.

PE1277

Petition by Mike Brown on behalf of UKRIGS in Scotland calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government through Scottish Planning Policies and Planning Advice Notes to establish a geodiversity duty which integrates all necessary local and national structures for the efficient collection, analysis and sharing of geodiversity data to inform better decision making processes.

PE1302 

Petition by Colin Sloper calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to ensure that greater consideration is given to the problems of noise and vibration generated by increasing levels of heavy freight on the rail network, and to consider what action can be taken to encourage freight operators to use more track friendly rolling stock.

PE1320 

Petition by Douglas McKenzie, on behalf of Communities Against Airfield open Cast calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to amend Planning Circular 3/2009, Notification of Planning Applications to (a) provide the same status to a planning objection to a major development from a neighbouring local authority as to one from a government agency in order to trigger a notification to Scottish Ministers and (b) state that such objections by a neighbouring local authority to major developments which represent a departure from the development plan should be a significant factor in the decision to call-in.

PE1322

Petition by Jacqueline Campbell on behalf of Residential Provision Parents Group calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to demonstrate how it will ensure the viability and future of dance teaching and coaching in schools and colleges across Scotland and through a national centre of excellence.

PE1333 

Petition by Shamus McPhee, on behalf of the Scottish Gypsy Traveller Law Reform Coalition, calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to investigate the inequalities and discrimination faced by Scottish Gypsy Travellers and other members of the settled community residing in mobile homes in terms of assessing council tax liability and water and water and sewerage charges.

PE1350 

Petition by Nick Brand calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to make a formal loan request to the National Archive at Kew to return the Wallace Safe Conduct to Scotland under a permanent loan agreement.

PE1352 

Petition by Mark Hirst calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government who own Edinburgh Castle to instruct Historic Scotland, who manage the site, to work to erect a 90ft flagpole in Crown Square at the Castle from where a Saltire, Scotland’s national flag, will be flown on a permanent basis.

PE1364 

Petition by Phyllis McBain calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to review all guidelines relating to trespass and encampments for Gypsies and Travellers to ensure their intent is clear and that they are being applied.

PE1369 

Petition by Jodie McCoy on behalf of South Ayrshire Youth Forum calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to require local authorities, under the ‘Power to advance well-being’ provisions (Part three) of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 2003, to undertake impact assessments and specify how, when, with whom (and certainly community planning partners) and on what they will consult when considering the provision of local leisure and cultural facilities and confirm that it will develop guidance to local authorities on this issue which would assist in achieving its National Outcome on young people.

PE1378 

Petition by Mairi Johnston calling on the Scottish Parliament to ask the Scottish Government to raise awareness of the dangers of silicone breast implants and to urge the UK Government to ban the use of such implants and review the 3-year time bar rule for medical injury.

PE1381 

Petition by Mrs Gwen Garner on behalf of Action for Sick Children (Scotland) calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to (a) demonstrate how all local authorities are consistently complying with the duties imposed on them by sections 1(1) and 14(1) of the Education (Scotland) Act 1980 and section 2 of the Standards in Scotland's Schools etc. Act 2000 in respect of all children and young people who are absent from school through ill-health, regardless of where they live or where they are being treated and (b) review the Guidance on the Education of Children Absent from School through ill-health (Circular 5/2001).

PE1385

Petition by Shona Haslam on behalf of Asthma UK Scotland – Youth Ambassadors calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to (1) provide appropriate support and training to school staff to ensure that all schools create and implement a policy to support school pupils with asthma; (2) implement a set of consistent national standards for asthma services in schools; (3) increase the number of school nurses trained to treat asthma; and (4) ensure that school inspections measure the performance of schools in supporting children with asthma.

PE1389 

Petition by Dave Macbeth calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to make representations to the UK Government about the future of all coastguard stations in Scotland given the adverse impact which the closure of any station would have on the safety of the marine environment and capabilities of local agencies to respond to all incidents.

PE1390 

Petition by Neil Kay calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to support the setting up of an independent expert group to consider and recommend institutional and regulatory options for issues relating to the provision of competitively tendered Scottish ferry services under EC law.

PE1392 

Petition by Robert McEwan calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to make representations to the UK Government to make Scotland equal to other parts of the United Kingdom in having “Ancient Prescriptive Usage” accepted as a parameter for acceptance of the right for the many ancient towns of Scotland previously known as cities, to have the style and status of city restored.

PE1394 

Petition by Huw Francis on behalf of Stòras Uibhist calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to reintroduce a direct ferry service between Lochboisdale and Mallaig.

PE1397 

Petition by Ms Mary Roy calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to (a) recognise the ongoing needs of survivors of abuse in care (b) recognise the need for a specialised service as “in care” abuse issues are different and (c) therefore continue funding In Care Survivors Service Scotland for a further period.

PE1405 

Petition by Andrew Muir calling on the Scottish Parliament to request the Government to carry out urgently an independent “fit for purpose” review of the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman which encompasses opening a public inquiry to collect evidence to scrutinize the high rate of case closures since Mr Jim Martin took office in May 2009.

PE1406 

Petition by Ronald Hunter calling for the immediate suspension of foreign aid until the economy recovers and poverty, unemployment and hardship in Scotland is eliminated to much lower levels.

PE1407 

Petition by Jamie Walker calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to set up a Scottish Cancer Drug Fund.

PE1410 

Petition by John Hancox calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to support and encourage local authorities, schools and community groups to plant fruit trees in schools and community settings so children, families and the wider community can learn how to grow harvest, and enjoy their own local seasonal fruit by providing funding to enable this to happen. We also ask the Scottish Government to support the development of the Commonwealth Orchard – as a Scotland wide legacy of the 2014 Commonwealth Games. While some of this could be in Glasgow’s East end, our vision with the Commonwealth Orchard is for that to be widely geographically spread, and developed in partnership with a range of local community groups.

PE1411 

Petition by Luca Scarabello calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to reform School Uniform Policies; by stopping gender-specific uniforms and changing clothes worn for uniforms to more comfortable, less physical-restrictive, more affordable and practical garments.

PE1414 

Petition by Dougie Deans, on behalf of Unison F.E Sector, calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to reconsider its proposed cuts to the Further Education Sector of £74million over the next four academic sessions 2011/12, 2012/13, 2013/14 and 2014/15.

 

Closed Petitions

Details of petitions closed prior to September 2011 (ie those no longer being considered by the Committee) can be accessed via: http://archive.scottish.parliament.uk/business/petitions/closed/index.htm