Glasgow City Council Agenda - 20 September 2007, 13:30 Help

A meeting to be held at at 13:30 on 20 September 2007.

Number Item
1901Minutes of Council meeting of 28th June 2007 (Print 2, pages 287 to 298). View Papers
2Print 2 - Committees' minutes - Consideration of paragraphs marked "C", remaining paragraphs being submitted for information only (page 299 onwards).
3Consideration of minutes previously objected to.
4Appointment of 3rd Religious Representative to Executive Committee - Report by Chief Executive. View Papers
5Changes to committees etc
(a)Executive Committee - Add Irfan Rabbani;
(b)Direct & Care Services Policy Development and Scrutiny Committee - Appoint Alex Glass as Vice Convener and remove David Ritchie and add James Dornan;
(c)Finance, Corporate and Trading Services Policy Development and Scrutiny Committee - Remove James Dornan and add Colin Deans;
(d)Licensing and Regulatory Committee - Remove Graeme Hendry and add David Ritchie;
(e)Local Negotiating Committee for Teachers - Remove Ronnie O'Connor, George Gardner and Frank Corrigan and add Margaret Doran, Executive Director of Education and Social Work, Christine Scalpello, Head of Personnel, Education Services and Brian McAlinden, Head Teacher, Castlemilk High School;
(f)Planning Applications Committee - Remove Irfan Rabbani and Jim Todd and add Shaukat Butt and William O'Rourke;
(g)Education Endowments Committee - Appoint Patricia Chalmers (Convener), Alex Dingwall, Alex Glass, Matthew Kerr, John McKenzie, Mary Paris and Irfan Rabbani, and
(h)Finance Appeals Committee - Appoint Jonathan Findlay (Convener), Dr Nina Baker, John Flanagan, Alex Glass, James McNally, Khalil Malik and Irfan Rabbani.
6Representation on outside bodies - List of proposed appointments. View Papers
7Correspondence
(a)Letter from POSTCOMM. View Papers
(b)Letter from Royal Mail. View Papers
(c)Letter from Standards Commission Scotland. View Papers
8Questions.
9Notices of motion
(a)by Councillor Kieran Wild

"Glasgow City Council acknowledges that aviation is one of the most environmentally damaging modes of transport. Per passenger kilometer, air travel is the most CO2 intensive forms of travel and trips by air tend to cover the largest distances.

While the majority of options to reduce the growing impact of aviation are beyond the influence of Glasgow City Council, it will act where possible to reduce CO2 emissions.

This Council supports the following actions:

(i) to seek to influence EU and international Aviation Policy, including the earliest possible inclusion of aviation in EU emissions trading scheme and levying duty on aviation fuel;

(ii) to work with the aviation industry to implement efficiencies that can deliver step-change reduction in emissions and where necessary lobby European Union for research and development funding;

(iii) to educate Glaswegians and advocate alternatives to air travel as part of an overall communications on Climate Change;

(iv) to work with the Scottish Executive and UK Government to invest in higher speed, price-competitive railway services to make north-south rail travel preferable to flying;

(v) to lead by example ensuring that all departments and agencies under the control of Glasgow City Council avoid flights wherever possible and offset their emissions when air travel is the only option;

(vi) to challenge the need for further runway expansion at UK airports;

(vii) to support the reduction in the number of aircraft landing at UK airports by 3% every year."
(b)by Councillor George Ryan

"Council is disappointed by the Scottish Executive's decision to cancel the transfer of three NHS agencies to Glasgow - NHS Health Scotland (HS), NHS Quality Improvement Scotland (QIS) and NHS Education for Scotland (NES).

Council notes comments made by members of the new Scottish government on the importance of increasing employment levels in Glasgow. Council believes that this decision will have an adverse effect on the Glasgow economy.

Council further notes that, in making this decision, the Minister for Health has pledged to put any savings into frontline services.

Given the adverse impact this decision will have on Glasgow, and the many health challenges the city faces, Council calls upon the Scottish government to spend a significant portion of this funding in Glasgow."
(c)by Councillor Jonathan Findlay

"Council believes that politicians have a vital role to play in representing their local areas and ensuring the wishes of their constituents are expressed.

Council notes that many councilors also hold full of part-time employment and believes this external experience can enhance their role as a local representative.

Council acknowledges that, whether at national or local level, there will be times when the needs and demands of one area differs from another. It is vital that every area has representatives articulating their particular case, without any political conflict of interest.

Council therefore believes it is inappropriate for politicians to be both councilors and parliamentarians particularly when it involves representing different areas."; and
(d)by Councillor John Mason

"Council congratulates both halves of the Old Firm on qualifying for the group stages of the Champions' League. As well as the obvious sporting success of this achievement, Glasgow and Scotland's profile will be raised on the world stage, and there are likely to be considerable benefits to the Glasgow economy.

Council further notes that football is a sector in which Scotland operates independently of the UK. Having two Glasgow teams at this level shows how Scotland is capable of being successful on its own and does not need to be part of a UK set up. Council believes this is a good indication of the benefits there would be for sport, business, tourism and other parts of the economy if Scotland operated independently from the UK."