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Section F – Motions and Amendments

Motions and amendments are normally only printed the day after the day on which they are lodged and then with the complete list of motions and amendments lodged the previous week which is published in this section of the Bulletin every Monday. That list also contains any motions lodged for debate in the forthcoming week.

Where the text of a motion or amendment is altered, the motion or amendment is re-printed with the changes marked by asterisks in the text.

Where a motion or amendment attracts additional support after it is first published, that additional support is shown separately at the end of this section.

Motions eligible for consideration for debate as members’ business in the Parliament are marked with a hash symbol (#).

Motions submitted for members’ business in the Parliament but which have not yet received the requisite cross-party support are marked with a diamond symbol (<>).

Motions in which a member has indicated a declarable interest are marked with an "R".

An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.

A full list of current motions is available to view each Monday in paper copy at the Chamber Desk or alternatively on the Scottish Parliament web site at Current Motions

(http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/business/motionsAndAmendments/motions.htm). A search facility is also available on the Scottish Parliament web site at:

http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/business/motionsAndAmendments/index.htm

New and altered motions and amendments

*S2M-4081 Ross Finnie: Agriculture Strategy—That the Parliament welcomes the Scottish Executive’s commitment as set out in A Forward Strategy for Scottish Agriculture: Next Steps to secure a prosperous and sustainable farming industry in Scotland, focussed on producing food and other products for the market, contributing to sustainable rural development, protecting and enhancing the environment and contributing to improvements in animal health and welfare and human health and well-being, and approves the actions outlined in the strategy for achieving these objectives in partnership with other stakeholders.

Supported by: Rhona Brankin*

*S2M-4079 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 15 March 2006

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Executive Debate: Improving the Legislative Process

followed by Members’ Business: S2M-3890 Mr Kenneth Macintosh: The Importance of Play

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 16 March 2006

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Ministerial Statement: Major Public Transport Projects update

followed by Appointment of the Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner

followed by Non-Executive Business: Independents’ Group

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time—

Finance and Communities;

Education and Young People, Tourism, Culture and Sport

2.55 pm Justice 1 Committee Debate: European Commission Green Papers on Applicable Law in Divorce and Succession and Wills

followed by European and External Relations Committee Debate: 4th Report 2005, An Inquiry into the Scottish Executive’s Fresh Talent Initiative Examining the Problems It Aims to Address, Its Operation, Challenges and Prospects

followed by Company Law Reform Bill Legislative Consent Motion – UK Legislation

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 22 March 2006

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Executive Business

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 23 March 2006

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Executive Business

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time—

Health and Community Care;

Environment and Rural Development

2.55 pm Executive Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Supported by: George Lyon*

*S2M-4078 Maureen Macmillan: Solar Panels at Culduthel Farm—That the Parliament welcomes the decision by Tulloch Homes of Inverness to install solar panels as standard in over 80 houses which they are building at Culduthel Farm; notes that this will make a significant contribution to reducing heating bills for the residents and will also save a tonne of carbon dioxide emissions on average per house, and urges other private builders to install solar panels or other micro-renewables as standard.

*S2M-4077 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Bill at Stage 2 be completed by 21 April 2006.

Supported by: George Lyon*

*S2M-4076 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Bankruptcy and Diligence etc. (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 be completed by 25 May 2006.

Supported by: George Lyon*

*S2M-4075 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2 be completed by 31 March 2006.

Supported by: George Lyon*

*S2M-4074 Alex Johnstone: Future Energy Policy—That the Parliament calls on the Scottish Executive to support the adoption of a balanced energy policy to meet the energy needs of the nation, including the promotion of clean coal technology, new and replacement nuclear build, as well as oil and gas and renewables and therefore considers that immediate plans must be started to replace or renew our existing coal-fired and nuclear generating stations where required.

*S2M-4073 Miss Annabel Goldie: Drug Abuse—That the Parliament notes the increasing drugs problem in Scotland which has seen rises in the number of drug-related deaths and drug-related crimes; recognises that drug abuse destroys lives, tears families apart, leads to widespread and recurring crime and the disintegration of entire communities; believes that there should be a zero tolerance drugs strategy which aims to rid Scotland of drugs; believes that such a strategy should place an emphasis on early intervention and include a coherent education programme which prioritises abstinence, and believes that there needs to be a change in the help offered to drug addicts, away from an over-reliance on methadone and towards a drug-free lifestyle.

*S2M-4072 Pauline McNeill: "I am concerned for you to enjoy yourself within the limits of British decency" - Death of Ivor Cutler—That the Parliament expresses its deep sadness and regret at the death of poet, singer, songwriter and storyteller, Ivor Cutler, who was born and bred in Glasgow; extends its condolences to his surviving family and friends; notes the profound influence that Cutler had on fellow Scots, Billy Connolly and members of the band, Franz Ferdinand, as well as Bertrand Russell, The Beatles and John Peel, and recognises the outstanding contribution which he made to his art and Scottish culture through his unique insight and wit.

*S2M-4071 Cathy Jamieson: The Draft Advice and Assistance (Financial Conditions) (Scotland) Regulations 2006—That the Justice 1 Committee recommends that the draft Advice and Assistance (Financial Conditions) (Scotland) Regulations 2006 be approved.

Supported by: Hugh Henry*

*S2M-4070 Cathy Jamieson: The Draft Civil Legal Aid (Financial Conditions) (Scotland) Regulations 2006—That the Justice 1 Committee recommends that the draft Civil Legal Aid (Financial Conditions) (Scotland) Regulations 2006 be approved.

Supported by: Hugh Henry*

*S2M-4069 Cathy Jamieson: The Draft Community Justice Authorities (Establishment, Constitution and Proceedings) (Scotland) Order 2006—That the Justice 2 Committee recommends that the draft Community Justice Authorities (Establishment, Constitution and Proceedings) (Scotland) Order 2006 be approved.

Supported by: Hugh Henry*

*S2M-4068 Karen Whitefield: 50th Anniversary of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award—That the Parliament congratulates the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in its 50th anniversary year; recognises the contribution made by the organisations that operate the award and the exceptional number of hours of volunteering undertaken by leaders in supporting over 20,000 young people each year in Scotland; further recognises the efforts of participants in the volunteering section of the award and its wider benefits to communities across Scotland and across the world; acknowledges the contribution the award makes to promoting a healthy lifestyle to young people; recognises the benefits in terms of skills development, enterprise, teamwork and personal and social development; acknowledges the findings of recent research which indicated the tremendous value placed by employers on the award programme, and looks forward to welcoming the International Forum and UK General Council to Edinburgh in November 2006.

*S2M-4067 Stewart Stevenson: No Smoking Day 2006 - "Serious About Stopping?...You Can Do It!"—That the Parliament recognises that 8 March 2006 is No Smoking Day, a campaign which encourages and assists smokers to give up and publicises the many sources of help available to them; further notes that each year more than a million smokers join in the day and an estimated 60,000 actually quit smoking; welcomes the fact that this year’s theme asks: "Serious about stopping?…you can do it!", and hopes that the introduction of the smoking ban will also give people the added impetus to take the opportunity to break their smoking habit which would reduce the tragic statistic that in Scotland over 13,000 people die every year from tobacco use.

Supported by: Donald Gorrie*, Scott Barrie*, Mike Pringle*, Nora Radcliffe*, Karen Gillon*, Christine Grahame*, Fiona Hyslop*, Mr Kenny MacAskill*, Alex Neil*, Mrs Margaret Ewing*, Eleanor Scott*, Mr Stewart Maxwell*, Rob Gibson*, Trish Godman*, Brian Adam*, Mrs Mary Mulligan*, Mr John Swinney*, Richard Lochhead*

*S2M-4066 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Designation of Lead Committee—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Legal Profession and Legal Aid (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 be referred to the Justice 2 Committee.

Supported by: George Lyon*

*S2M-4065 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Budget (Scotland) Act 2005 Amendment (No. 2) Order 2006 be approved.

Supported by: George Lyon*

*S2M-4064 Patrick Harvie: Congratulations for Glasgow’s Fairtrade Status—That the Parliament congratulates all of Glasgow on achieving Fairtrade City status during Fairtrade Fortnight; notes that businesses, charities, schools, Glasgow City Council, the voluntary sector and individuals worked together to achieve this; recognises that Fairtrade’s high social and environmental standards make a real difference to the lives of producers in developing countries, and encourages everyone to use the services of organisations in the Glasgow Fairtrade Business Directory.

Supported by: Donald Gorrie*

*S2M-4063.1 Ms Sandra White: International Women’s Day, 8 March 2006—As an amendment to motion (S2M-4063) in the name of Malcolm Chisholm, insert at end "however, notes that 30 years after the Sex Discrimination Act 1975 came into force, the pace of change remains painfully slow; further notes with great concern the trafficking of women throughout Europe, and calls on the Executive to do all in its power to stop this horrific practice."

S2M-4057*#* Des McNulty: 20th Anniversary of Nuclear Accident at Chernobyl—That the Parliament notes that 26 April 2006 is the 20th anniversary of the nuclear accident at Chernobyl and that the cross-party International Development Group is holding a meeting on that date to observe the anniversary of the accident, learn lessons from the past and look to the future; reflects upon the terrible social and environmental legacy that this horrific accident left, and continues to leave, in Ukraine, Belarus, Russia and beyond; pays respect to the many people whose lives were lost following the explosion; acknowledges with sadness the implications for all those who continue to suffer ill-health caused by radiation poisoning today and the severe difficulties still faced by the communities worst affected; further notes that pollution from the accident affected countries as far away as Scotland, where it continues to leave an environmental legacy; strongly commends Scottish charities and civic organisations for their outstanding work in supporting individuals and affected communities, and recognises the need to take national and international action to avoid any possibility of future environmental catastrophes such as the Chernobyl nuclear accident ever being repeated.

Supported by: Maureen Macmillan*, Brian Adam*, Tommy Sheridan*, Mike Pringle*, John Farquhar Munro*, Donald Gorrie*, Bill Butler*, Robin Harper*, Fiona Hyslop*, Ms Sandra White*, Scott Barrie*, Nora Radcliffe*, Sarah Boyack*, Murray Tosh*, Marlyn Glen*, Trish Godman*

S2M-4039 Nicola Sturgeon: Shirley McKie—That the Parliament agrees with Lord McCluskey, retired High Court judge and former Solicitor General for Scotland, that one of the fundamental principles underlying the rule of law in a mature democracy is the principle that justice must be seen to be done; considers that in the case of Shirley McKie issues have arisen implying that justice has not been seen to be done, and, in further agreeing with Lord McCluskey that the issues involved are not party political but go to the heart of public trust in the criminal justice system, calls on the Scottish Executive to consider how the concerns expressed by Lord McCluskey should be addressed.

S2M-4039.1 Colin Fox: Shirley McKie—As an amendment to motion (S2M-4039) in the name of Nicola Sturgeon, leave out from first "issues" to end and insert "the public is still not satisfied that the truth of the matter is all available; recognises that the McKie family campaign is not satisfied that there was no conspiracy against her; also recognises that the four Scottish Criminal Record Office (SCRO) fingerprint workers are furious that their competence and reputation has been sullied; believes that the Scottish Executive has a duty to address all these concerns, and calls for a public inquiry to get to the truth of this matter and to restore public confidence in the SCRO and the fingerprint service as soon as possible."

S2M-4039.2 Cathy Jamieson: Shirley McKie—As an amendment to motion (S2M-4039) in the name of Nicola Sturgeon, leave out from first "with" to end and insert "that action needs to be taken to restore public and professional confidence in the Scottish Fingerprint Service; acknowledges that in 2000 the SCRO Fingerprint Bureau was the subject of an independent inspection by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC); notes that following three further inspections HMIC reported that its 25 recommendations had been fully discharged; notes that further reforms are being taken forward; that the Minister for Justice has instructed the interim Chief Executive of the Scottish Police Services Authority to bring forward, by the end of March, a comprehensive action plan drawing on the best available international scientific advice and management expertise; notes that this action plan will be reported to the Parliament; believes that a public inquiry is not appropriate; notes that it is the responsibility of the Parliament to hold the Scottish Executive to account; welcomes the work already commenced by the Justice 1 Committee, and confirms the Executive’s commitment to co-operate with any inquiries that the Parliament may decide to take forward in scrutinising these reforms."

S2M-4036 Rob Gibson: Scottish Water—That the Parliament notes that, despite assurances from ministers that Scottish Water’s investment plans were on target, the Chairman of Scottish Water has resigned due to disagreements with ministers and Scottish Water has been required to produce another business plan; considers that these events highlight poor stewardship of the water industry by the Scottish Executive; expresses its concern over the impact of delays in investment in water and sewerage infrastructure on economic, environmental and social development in Scotland, and calls on the Executive to set out promptly what impact these events will have on delivering the ministerial objectives for the water industry in Scotland.

S2M-4036.1 Murdo Fraser: Scottish Water—As an amendment to motion (S2M-4036) in the name of Rob Gibson, leave out from "and calls" to end and insert "further expresses concern that Scottish Water is failing to deliver an appropriate level of service to its customers; notes the concerns of the building community about Scottish Water’s failure to allocate sufficient resources to remove development constraints; further notes the Executive’s admission on 9 February 2005 that business customers have been overcharged £44 million a year for water; further notes that the introduction of surface water drainage charges based on the size of the property are to be introduced into the denationalised English water market on 1 April 2006 which will lead to significantly lower charges for small businesses in England than in Scotland, thereby reinforcing the present competitive disadvantage faced by Scots firms; further notes the comments of former Environment Minister, Sam Galbraith, that "We are slowly going broke and the only way to solve this is to reduce the public sector wage bill. Privatise water and, at a stroke, the bill is cut" (The Scotsman, 10 February 2005); believes that as long as Scottish Water remains a bureaucratic, nationalised monopoly it will struggle to adopt the private sector disciplines expected by the Executive and the Water Industry Commission, and therefore calls on the Executive to take its commitment to make economic growth its top priority seriously by creating a genuine market in water and privatising Scottish Water or adopting a "not for dividend" model such as Welsh Water."

S2M-4036.2 Ross Finnie: Scottish Water—As an amendment to motion (S2M-4036) in the name of Rob Gibson, leave out from ",despite" to end and insert "Scottish Water’s draft business plan of April 2005 stated that achieving Scottish Ministers’ objectives for 2006 to 2010 would require a capital investment programme of £3.7 billion and a doubling in customer charges; notes that the Water Industry Commission’s determination of charges for 2006 to 2010 allowed Scottish Water a capital investment programme of £2.1 billion and charges rising by less than the rate of inflation to achieve the objectives; notes that Scottish Water accepted the determination but its plan demonstrating how it would deliver the objectives within the limits set by the determination was judged by the Executive, supported by the regulators, not to meet the requirements in a number of material aspects; notes that the Executive has required Scottish Water to produce a new plan which will command the confidence of Ministers and regulators, and considers these actions by the Executive to represent good stewardship of Scottish Water in the public and customer interest."

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S2M-4062 St Andrews - The Best Place in Scotland to Bring up Children (lodged on 6 March 2006) Mr Jamie McGrigor*, Murdo Fraser*, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton*, Iain Smith*, Bill Aitken*

S2M-4061 Nuclear Power in Scotland (lodged on 6 March 2006) Iain Smith*, Maureen Macmillan*, Robin Harper*, Nora Radcliffe*, Bruce Crawford*, Donald Gorrie*, Trish Godman*, Marlyn Glen*, Christine Grahame*, Brian Adam*, Pauline McNeill*

S2M-4060# Commonwealth Day 2006 (lodged on 3 March 2006) Iain Smith*, Donald Gorrie*, Bill Aitken*, Karen Whitefield*

S2M-4059 Stop the Traffik (lodged on 3 March 2006) Donald Gorrie*, Michael Matheson*, Alex Neil*

S2M-4058# Abolition of Tolls on the Forth and Tay Road Bridges (lodged on 2 March 2006) Marlyn Glen*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Tricia Marwick*, John Home Robertson*

S2M-4056 Abbotsford House - Home of Sir Walter Scott (lodged on 2 March 2006) Mrs Margaret Ewing*, Alex Neil*, Phil Gallie*, Fergus Ewing*, Mr Adam Ingram*, Shiona Baird*, Donald Gorrie*, Michael Matheson*, Fiona Hyslop*, Richard Lochhead*

S2M-4055 Congratulations to Puerto Rico (lodged on 2 March 2006) Michael Matheson*, Alex Neil*

S2M-4054 Threat to Future of Grampian Television (lodged on 2 March 2006) Iain Smith*, Donald Gorrie*, Michael Matheson*

S2M-4053 Save Borderline Theatre Company! (lodged on 2 March 2006) Donald Gorrie*, Michael Matheson*

S2M-4052# New Powers for Credit Unions (lodged on 2 March 2006) Donald Gorrie*

S2M-4051 Sportscotland (lodged on 2 March 2006) Pauline McNeill*, Tommy Sheridan*, Dr Elaine Murray*, Mrs Mary Mulligan*, Trish Godman*, Mr Charlie Gordon*

S2M-4050 Renaming of Prestwick International Airport (lodged on 2 March 2006) Donald Gorrie*

S2M-4049 Removal of Tolls from the Erskine Bridge (lodged on 1 March 2006) Donald Gorrie*

S2M-4047 Stop Climate Chaos (lodged on 1 March 2006) Donald Gorrie*

S2M-4043 National Business Plan Competition (lodged on 1 March 2006) Donald Gorrie*

S2M-4037 Action Mesothelioma (lodged on 28 February 2006) Shona Robison*, Donald Gorrie*

S2M-4029 Stirling’s Labour Administration Cutting Play Projects Budget (lodged on 28 February 2006) Robin Harper*

S2M-4027 Cut the Strings (lodged on 28 February 2006) Donald Gorrie*

S2M-4025 Andy Murray British Number 1 (lodged on 28 February 2006) Donald Gorrie*

S2M-4023 International Self Harm Awareness Day (lodged on 27 February 2006) Donald Gorrie*

S2M-4019 Ingrid Betancourt and Other International Hostages (lodged on 27 February 2006) Donald Gorrie*

S2M-4015# International Women’s Day - Shaping a Fairer Future (lodged on 27 February 2006) Donald Gorrie*

S2M-3989 AUT Pay Campaign (lodged on 21 February 2006) Patrick Harvie*, Bill Butler*, Sarah Boyack*

S2M-3982# Darfur (lodged on 21 February 2006) Marlyn Glen*

S2M-3950 Scottish Bottled Water (lodged on 13 February 2006) Alex Neil*

S2M-3843 The Race Equality Review and the Fresh Talent Initiative (lodged on 18 January 2006) Karen Whitefield*

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