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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-4936 Karen Gillon: Make the Connection—That the Parliament welcomes "Make the Connection", the joint campaign by energywatch and the Federation of Small Businesses to achieve a better deal for small businesses from the energy market; recognises that small businesses enjoy far less protection from regulation and industry codes of practice compared with domestic energy consumers; notes the high cost of gas and electricity for non-domestic users at a time of low wholesale prices, which can cause smaller businesses to struggle, and calls on energy suppliers to recognise the importance of small businesses as a key market of the £3 billion gas and electricity industry by improving the way in which they deal with small business customers.

Supported by: Maureen Macmillan*

*S2M-4935 Patrick Harvie: Congratulations to Fairbridge in Scotland—That the Parliament congratulates Fairbridge in Scotland on the publication of its latest annual review which details the excellent work undertaken by the organisation to support some of society’s hardest to reach young people; recognises the dedication and talent that Fairbridge demonstrates in its work to support the development of those young people’s self-esteem and personal and social skills, and encourages the Scottish Executive and other public bodies to continue to show their support for voluntary sector organisations, such as Fairbridge, by making more secure funding available to enable them to build on their services and help many more young people reconnect with their own human potential, whether through education, employment and training, or in the wider aspects of their lives.

Supported by: Mr Kenny MacAskill*, Mark Ballard*

*S2M-4934 Shiona Baird: Serious Gas Leak—That the Parliament welcomes the "Serious Gas Leak" advertisement which appeared in national newspapers recently warning of the dangers of inaction on climate change; agrees that the only way to address the problem of climate change is to "stop the leak" by making immediate and dramatic cuts to our emissions of greenhouse gases; congratulates Oliver Postgate, creator of the Clangers, for posting the advert, which also highlights the unwillingness, or inability, of most politicians to make the unpopular, but very necessary, decisions to tackle climate change, and strongly believes that all politicians need to find the courage to tell the truth, both about the dangers of climate change and about the actions that are needed to address it, and that a cross-party consensus is required if this most vital of issues is to avoid becoming a political football.

Supported by: Robin Harper*, Mark Ballard*, Rob Gibson*

*S2M-4933 Chris Ballance: Faslane 365—That the Parliament welcomes the launch of Faslane 365, a civil resistance project focused in Scotland to apply critical public pressure for the decommissioning of Britain’s nuclear weapons by a continuous peaceful blockade of the Trident base at Faslane; commends the action of women associated with Greenham Common, Aldermaston Women’s Peace Campaign and Women in Black in the first few days of the blockade of Faslane; notes that arrests have been made as a result of non-violent protest; appreciates that groups and organisations from Scotland, England, Wales and beyond, have pledged to join the blockade in the coming months, and notes that groups interested in taking part can contact info@faslane365.org.

*S2M-4932 Eleanor Scott: Highlands and Islands Food and Drink Awards—That the Parliament congratulates Highlands and Islands Food and Drink Forum for organising the Highlands and Islands Food and Drink Awards, now in their second year; congratulates all participants and award winners, such as Connage Highland Dairy of Ardersier which won two awards for its organic cheeses, and believes that the local food culture of the Highlands and Islands can go from strength to strength.

Supported by: Alex Neil*, Fergus Ewing*, Robin Harper*, Mark Ballard*, Mr Mark Ruskell*, Patrick Harvie*, Rob Gibson*, Maureen Macmillan*, Jim Mather*

*S2M-4931 Iain Smith on behalf of the Education Committee: Early Years Inquiry Report—That the Parliament notes the conclusions and recommendations contained in the Education Committee’s 7th Report, 2006 (Session 2): Early Years (SP Paper 596).

*S2M-4930# Ms Sandra White: Increase in Domestic Abuse—That the Parliament views the increase in reported domestic abuse as very worrying, especially in light of the fact that the majority of cases involve victims who have been abused before and the emergence of "legal aid deserts", areas, including Glasgow, Edinburgh and others, where victims are unable to access lawyers to take on their cases due to changes in the way civil legal aid is paid, meaning many solicitors will not take on such cases because they cannot afford to; agrees with Ranald Lindsey, convener of the Law Society of Scotland’s Access to Justice Committee, who stated that "Our consciences are basically being exploited by the Executive on this. They know that it’s difficult for us to turn away Mrs Jones who’s been battered black and blue, saying that we’re not being paid enough", and believes that the Scottish Executive should address this growing problem as a matter of urgency.

Supported by: Mr Kenny MacAskill*, Rob Gibson*, Christine Grahame*, Alex Neil*, Mark Ballard*, Patrick Harvie*, Campbell Martin*

*S2M-4929 Sarah Boyack: Making Music: Adopt-a-Composer?—That the Parliament congratulates the New Edinburgh Orchestra on its BBC Radio 3 broadcast of Mosaic by Martin Suckling which was commissioned through the Adopt-a-Composer scheme, run by the Making Music: National Federation of Music Societies in partnership with the Society for the Promotion of New Music and the Performing Rights Society Foundation for New Music; recognises the central place of amateur music-making in local communities throughout Scotland and its importance to national cultural life; commends groups such as the New Edinburgh Orchestra on their commitment to supporting young composers by commissioning and performing new music, and wishes the next Scottish-based Adopt-a-Composer partnership of Solway Harps and composer Richard Glover every success.

Supported by: Dr Elaine Murray*

*S2M-4928 Mrs Nanette Milne: Gordon Highlanders Museum—That the Parliament congratulates the Gordon Highlanders Museum, Aberdeen, on its recent refurbishment, which included the complete re-design and re-interpretation of the museum’s main gallery and the design and build of a new education facility, that actively tells the story of the history of one of the most famous regiments in the British Army and the real life experiences, courage and determination of the men of the north east of Scotland and beyond; notes the museum’s active involvement with the local community, with over 160 volunteers helping to maintain the museum on a day-to-day basis, and further notes that museums across Scotland provide an invaluable asset to the local and wider community in keeping heroic stories alive today, as well as providing a pivotal local community meeting point.

*S2M-4927<> Dr Elaine Murray: Science and the Parliament: Wednesday 1 November 2006—That the Parliament welcomes the Science and the Parliament event being held on 1 November 2006 in Our Dynamic Earth, organised once again by the Royal Society of Chemistry in association with Scotland’s leading science organisations; notes that this year’s theme is "A Manifesto for Science"; notes the contribution of Scotland’s 40,000 scientists to our economic, environmental and social development; further notes that Scotland is a world leader in many scientific disciplines; recognises the need to foster an environment that enhances pupil and student participation in science, to invest in the science infrastructure and equipment of our educational establishments, to increase investment in research along with supporting greater industrial research and to assist in the practical application of our world-beating research; welcomes the publication of the Scottish Executive’s Science and Innovation Strategy for Scotland consultation paper, and hopes that this year’s Science and the Parliament event will play a positive part in identifying the scientific issues with which the next Parliament and Executive will have to deal in the period from 2007 to 2011.

S2M-4926 Bristow Muldoon on behalf of the Local Government and Transport Committee: Report on Inquiry into Freight Transport in Scotland—That the Parliament notes the conclusions and recommendations contained in the Local Government and Transport Committee’s 10th Report, 2006 (Session 2): Report on Inquiry into Freight Transport in Scotland (SP Paper 619).

S2M-4925 Mark Ballard: Paws For a Vote—That the Parliament notes the Scottish SPCA’s animal welfare manifesto, Paws for a Vote; believes that Scotland after devolution is a better place for animals; commends the passing of the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006 for its role in protecting animals from pain, suffering and abuse but notes with regret that the Scottish SPCA investigated 8,000 allegations of animal cruelty and neglect in 2005, and believes that the Parliament must continue to show commitment to animal welfare and that, in accordance with Paws for a Vote, there should be a statutory licensing scheme for animal sanctuaries and livery yards, licensing for puppy dealers, a mandatory dog registration scheme and the re-establishment of rural abattoirs across Scotland.

Supported by: Alex Fergusson, Christine Grahame

S2M-4923 Campbell Martin: Palestine—That the Parliament congratulates the Palestinian people on their ability to conduct democratic elections while under Israeli occupation; calls for the ending of all sanctions against Palestine, and urges the parliamentary authorities to invite a Palestinian spokesperson to address the Scottish Parliament.

Supported by: Christine Grahame*, Patrick Harvie*, Michael McMahon*, Mark Ballard*, Robin Harper*, Ms Sandra White*

S2M-4922 Carolyn Leckie: Equal Pay not Lower Pay—That the Parliament expresses profound concern that the Scottish Executive has included no plans in its draft budget to assist local authorities to meet their obligations in respect of single status and equal pay; is appalled that Falkirk Council has issued a 90-day notice to its staff to impose changes and detriment to their terms and conditions by making them redundant on 17 December 2006 and re-engaging them on 18 December in opposition to, and over the heads of, the trade unions and their members; believes that the council should withdraw its 90-day notice and join the trade unions to demand that the Executive pays up to meet its existing duty to do all it can to achieve equal pay; believes that equal pay should be achieved by levelling up, not down; acknowledges that women have struggled to achieve as much pay as men, not for men to be paid as little as them, and calls on the Executive to amend its budget proposals to include plans and resources that will deliver equal pay in conjunction with local authorities and with the agreement of trade unions and their members.

Supported by: Rosie Kane, Colin Fox, Tommy Sheridan, Frances Curran

S2M-4921 Malcolm Chisholm: Planning etc. (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees that the Planning etc. (Scotland) Bill be passed.

Supported by: Johann Lamont

S2M-4920 Robert Brown: Scottish Commissioner for Human Rights Bill—That the Parliament agrees that the Scottish Commissioner for Human Rights Bill be passed.

Supported by: Cathy Jamieson, Hugh Henry

S2M-4919 Patricia Ferguson: Tourist Boards (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees that the Tourist Boards (Scotland) Bill be passed.

Supported by: Ms Margaret Curran

S2M-4918 Mr David Davidson: Scottish Youth Hostels Association—That the Parliament congratulates the Scottish Youth Hostels Association on continuing to play an important role in the tourism economy of Scotland; notes the improvement in its financial position for 2005 as well as the increase in the number of people using its facilities; further notes the ongoing development of use of facilities for programmes involving children from disadvantaged backgrounds as well as partnerships with organisations such as the National Trust for Scotland, the Forestry Commission, the Mountain Bothies Association, the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme, the Girl Guides and the Boys’ Brigade, and wishes the association well as it develops its facilities in rural areas, cities and towns across Scotland.

Supported by: Roseanna Cunningham, Mrs Nanette Milne, Murdo Fraser, Bruce Crawford, Murray Tosh, Mr Jamie Stone, Mr John Swinney, Brian Adam, Derek Brownlee, Trish Godman, Mike Rumbles, Shiona Baird, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Robin Harper, Mr Stewart Maxwell, Ms Maureen Watt, Alex Johnstone, Rob Gibson, Eleanor Scott, Nora Radcliffe, Alex Fergusson, Richard Lochhead, Dave Petrie, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Mr Ted Brocklebank, Phil Gallie, Bill Aitken, Margaret Mitchell*, Mr Brian Monteith*

S2M-4917*#* Marilyn Livingstone: National Construction Week—That the Parliament supports National Construction Week, taking place from 5 to 12 October 2006; recognises the key role that the construction industry plays in the Scottish economy; acknowledges the continuing work of the Cross-Party Group for Construction which considers and debates all appropriate issues concerning the structure and operation of the construction industry in Scotland as they impact on the industry and its stakeholders; acknowledges the importance of the training and education programmes being provided at colleges of further and higher education to meet the skill needs of the industry; supports the industry’s scheme to register construction firms through the Construction Licensing Executive and register workers through approved registration schemes to protect the public from rogue traders and enhance the industry’s image; acknowledges the use of existing networking within the industry and the increasing use of partnership between professional bodies and employer federations, and welcomes the work undertaken by the sector skills councils for construction and allied industries in the delivery of a careers service and advice to schools and school leavers providing information on career choice.

Supported by: Pauline McNeill*, Nora Radcliffe*, Bill Butler*, Christine May*, Dr Elaine Murray*, Alex Neil*, Marlyn Glen*, Karen Whitefield*, Maureen Macmillan*

S2M-4916 Murray Tosh: Welfare of Animals During Transport—That the Parliament notes EU Regulation 1/2005 on the welfare of animals during transport and the conclusion of the Scottish Executive’s consultation on the detailed regulations to be introduced in Scotland, beginning in January 2007; welcomes the Executive’s recognition of the potential costs for rural businesses of over £42 million and of the need to strike the balance correctly between animal welfare benefits and the cost of compliance, and calls on the Executive to introduce regulations which streamline procedures and minimise costs relating to obtaining authorisations and certificates of competence, to provide derogations for journeys under 12 hours within the United Kingdom, to protect the UK industry from ventilation and temperature requirements which are not appropriate in the UK’s climate and to apply requirements for shallower loading ramps only to new vehicles.

Supported by: John Scott, Nora Radcliffe, Bruce Crawford, Trish Godman, Murdo Fraser, John Home Robertson, Derek Brownlee, Dave Petrie, Alex Johnstone, Alex Fergusson, Mrs Nanette Milne, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Tommy Sheridan, Margaret Mitchell*, John Farquhar Munro*, Mr Brian Monteith*, John Swinburne*

S2M-4914 Mike Pringle: Free Maps for Schools—That the Parliament congratulates Ordnance Survey for its "Free Maps for 11-year-olds" initiative under which all P7 pupils at Scottish primary schools are entitled to a free local map; notes that in 2005 over 60,000 maps were issued to eligible schools in Scotland, raising awareness of local geography and aspects of citizenship, and encourages all Scottish primary schools to register with Ordnance Survey before the 31 October 2006 deadline to receive a free map for every pupil.

S2M-4906 Shiona Baird: Dublin Makes the Right Decision—That the Parliament welcomes and supports the decision of the Irish Government to rule out nuclear power as an option to meet Ireland’s future energy needs and agrees with that government that nuclear power is a "non-runner" due to a combination of safety, security, environmental and economic reasons.

Supported by: Brian Adam, Campbell Martin, Roseanna Cunningham, Carolyn Leckie, Frances Curran, Mr Mark Ruskell, Chris Ballance, Mr John Swinney, Mr Stewart Maxwell, Robin Harper, Rosie Kane, Eleanor Scott, Rob Gibson, Nora Radcliffe, Patrick Harvie, Fiona Hyslop, Colin Fox, Bruce Crawford

S2M-4905 Michael Matheson: Thomas Clement Douglas Café - Camelon—That the Parliament congratulates the Camelon Historical Society for its work over a number of years honouring the life of Thomas Clement Douglas, including the opening of the Thomas Clement Douglas Café in Camelon Education Centre, and recognises that Tommy Douglas, who was born in Camelon, Falkirk, went on to become Premier of Saskatchewan and was father of the Canadian medicare system.

Supported by: Richard Lochhead, Fiona Hyslop, Donald Gorrie, Bruce Crawford, John Swinburne, Rob Gibson, Ms Maureen Watt, Christine Grahame, Mr Stewart Maxwell, Brian Adam, Roseanna Cunningham, Alex Neil, Carolyn Leckie, Tommy Sheridan

S2M-4904# Richard Baker: Aberdeen’s Bid for the National Energy Technologies Institute—That the Parliament notes the current and future importance of the energy sector to the north east’s economy; recognises that Aberdeen and the north east are home to a unique cluster of skills and expertise in energy exploration and development; notes the success of the Intermediary Technology Institute for Energy which is based in Aberdeen and works closely with the network of intermediary technology institutes throughout Scotland and also sources academic research across the United Kingdom and worldwide; believes that this successful model based in Aberdeen shows that the city has a unique potential to be the hub for a Scottish bid for the UK Energy Technologies Institute; notes both the location of leading oil and gas operators and contractors in Aberdeen and the work of the Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group, and welcomes the efforts to ensure that the UK Energy Technologies Institute is located in Aberdeen so that the north east remains a global leader in the energy industry.

Supported by: Shiona Baird, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Mrs Nanette Milne, Christine May, Trish Godman, Brian Adam, Donald Gorrie, Nora Radcliffe, Pauline McNeill, Dave Petrie, Scott Barrie, Robin Harper, John Swinburne, Richard Lochhead

S2M-4903 Ms Rosemary Byrne: Environmental Justice for All—That the Parliament notes the Scottish Environment Protection Agency’s report, change tomorrow today, on the state of Scotland’s environment; notes with concern that the report identified continuing problems in Scotland with issues of localised air pollution, reductions in stratospheric ozone, risks to water quality from diffuse pollution, increases in the amount of waste being produced, potential ecological damage from nutrient enrichment and acidification and loss of biodiversity; further notes that the report raises concerns over gaps in knowledge about a number of aspects of the environment including, for example, land quality, especially of soil, the environmental implications of hazardous chemicals and the relationships between the environment and human health, and therefore calls on the Scottish Executive to undertake an immediate series of investigations into the state of land quality, the implications of hazardous chemicals and the relationships between the environment and human health with a view to introducing future legislation to protect Scotland’s land and people and deliver environmental justice for all.

Supported by: Donald Gorrie

S2M-4902 Bill Butler: Concern Over Continuing Use of Dawn Raids—That the Parliament expresses profound concern in respect of the dawn raid which was carried out on Wednesday 27 September 2006 on the Benai family from Algeria; notes that Oussama Benai, who is 11 years old and attends St Brendan’s Primary School in the Glasgow Anniesland Constituency, was removed from his home during this raid, along with his mother and sister; recognises the trauma that the use of such unacceptable methods of removal causes to the children of asylum seeker families and the wider local community of which they are part; urges Scottish ministers, in discussion with their Westminster counterparts, to ensure that the agreement announced on 27 March 2006 be strictly adhered to and not, as in this case, ignored, and encourages the Scottish Executive to make certain that, in future, the professional input from health, social work and education professionals, a central aspect of the agreement, be followed to the letter.

Supported by: Brian Adam, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Fiona Hyslop, Kate Maclean, Campbell Martin, Mike Pringle, Pauline McNeill, Rob Gibson, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Mark Ballard, Dr Elaine Murray, Bill Aitken, John Swinburne, Murray Tosh, Stewart Stevenson, Bruce Crawford, John Home Robertson, Dave Petrie, Frances Curran, Gordon Jackson, Scott Barrie, Dennis Canavan, Patrick Harvie, Donald Gorrie, Trish Godman, Shiona Baird, Richard Lochhead, Robin Harper, Colin Fox, Alex Neil, Mr David Davidson, Maureen Macmillan

S2M-4900# Colin Fox: Congratulations on the Success of the 4th Annual Homeless World Cup—That the Parliament congratulates the organisers of the 2006 Homeless World Cup on the success of the tournament held in Cape Town, South Africa; notes that 500 homeless people from 48 countries took part in the competition, opened by South African President, Thabo Mbeki, and that the first ball was kicked by the legendary Eusebio, the first African-born football superstar; further notes that last year’s Homeless World Cup was held in Edinburgh and recognises the very significant and continuing Scottish contribution to the event’s enormous success, ranging from Mel Young who is President of the Homeless World Cup, the Big Issue in Scotland, the many Scottish volunteers, staff and referees to, last but not least, the Scottish team; congratulates Scotland coach, David Duke, and his players: Francis Brodie, William Scott, James Shearer, Derek Spiers, Marc Steel, Liam Young, Laura Graham and Lindsay Cooper, who won the Female Player of the Tournament award, on lifting the prestigious Big Issue in Cape Town Trophy, and wishes the Homeless World Cup every continued success in its aim to eradicate homelessness and poverty the world over.

Supported by: Donald Gorrie, Mr Jamie Stone, Bruce Crawford, Bill Butler, Trish Godman, Eleanor Scott, Nora Radcliffe, Christine Grahame, Karen Whitefield, Frances Curran, Carolyn Leckie, Alex Neil, Campbell Martin, Karen Gillon, Rosie Kane, Shiona Baird, Mark Ballard, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Patrick Harvie, Sarah Boyack*, Tommy Sheridan*, Mr Brian Monteith*

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S2M-4881 A Welcome Back for the Co-op Dividend (lodged on 27 September 2006) Irene Oldfather*

S2M-4877 Ministerial Statement on Right to Buy (lodged on 27 September 2006) Pauline McNeill*, Mike Pringle*

S2M-4875 Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2006 (lodged on 27 September 2006) Irene Oldfather*

S2M-4865 Stroke Awareness Week, 2 to 8 October 2006 (lodged on 26 September 2006) Irene Oldfather*

S2M-4842 Action on Positional Plagiocephaly (lodged on 21 September 2006) Margo MacDonald*

S2M-4825 Action on Darfur (lodged on 20 September 2006) Alasdair Morgan*

S2M-4811# Clydesdale Parks (lodged on 19 September 2006) Chris Ballance*, Mr Brian Monteith*

S2M-4808 Full Cost Recovery (lodged on 18 September 2006) Murray Tosh*, Shiona Baird*, John Swinburne*

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