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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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

*S3M-954 George Foulkes: The Future of Non-Formal Adult Education and Learning Opportunities in Edinburgh—That the Parliament recognises the concern expressed by the Edinburgh Adult Education Group about the effect of the proposed cuts on adult learning in the City of Edinburgh and the consequent impact on current and future services; notes that in 2006-07 more than 40,000 citizens in Edinburgh took part in non-formal adult learning opportunities delivered by the Council and voluntary sector providers; further notes that one in five adults in Scotland have difficulty with reading, writing and number work; recognises the pressure on council budgets but notes that proposals to substantially cut the budget of the City of Edinburgh Council’s Community Learning and Development department look likely to result in the loss of a significant number of City of Edinburgh Council Community Learning and Development posts, the closure of community centres including Riddles Court, which has been a city centre hub for adult learning activity for more than 100 years and cuts in revenue grant funding to voluntary sector adult learning providers, and recognises that the cuts will seriously diminish a good-quality service which has taken years to build, will result in the loss of services to the people of Edinburgh, will seriously limit the city’s ability to contribute effectively to its lifelong learning priority and will constrict the Parliament’s ability to deliver a skills strategy that provides opportunity for all people across Edinburgh.

*S3M-953# Bill Butler: Support Project Scotland—That the Parliament expresses its dismay at the decision of the Scottish Government to withdraw funding from Project Scotland, the ground-breaking volunteering project, which since its inception has secured well over 1,000 placements for young people throughout Scotland; recognises the very real and tangible benefits both to local communities and organisations, such as the Temple Shafton Youth Project in Glasgow, which have participated in the scheme and wholeheartedly applauds the effort and commitment of the volunteers involved; acknowledges that participants have been able to discover and develop new skills during their time with Project Scotland; notes the cross-party support for motion S3M-695 in the name of Sandra White, which acknowledged the positive role played by Project Scotland in helping "those previously excluded from participating in society to realise their true potential and aspirations", and believes that the decision should be reversed and support given to a project which, through the sterling efforts of volunteers, has made a significant contribution to a more inclusive and co-operative Scotland.

Supported by: Karen Whitefield*, Cathie Craigie*, Jackie Baillie*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Andy Kerr*, Marlyn Glen*, Claire Baker*, Iain Gray*, Elaine Murray*, Jack McConnell*, Robert Brown*, John Park*, Robin Harper*, James Kelly*, Marilyn Livingstone*, Irene Oldfather*, Elaine Smith*, Patricia Ferguson*

*S3M-952 Sarah Boyack: Congratulations to Kevin Rudd and the Australian Labor Party—That the Parliament congratulates Kevin Rudd and the Australian Labor Party on their election victory; applauds the new administration’s commitment to taking "action and action now on climate change", especially its decision to ratify the Kyoto protocol immediately, and welcomes Mr Rudd’s intention to work closely with the UK Government, a recognition of the UK’s international leadership on the issue of climate change.

*S3M-951 Alasdair Allan: Housing Supply Task Force—That the Parliament welcomes the first meeting of the Housing Supply Task Force; notes that this taskforce incorporates a wide range of bodies with interest in housing, and hopes that this will provide a long-awaited way forward to tackle the shortage of affordable housing in many parts of rural Scotland.

Supported by: Stuart McMillan*, John Wilson*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Alex Neil*, Bashir Ahmad*, Kenneth Gibson*, Robin Harper*, Bill Kidd*, Brian Adam*, Rob Gibson*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-950 Sarah Boyack: Excellent HMIE Report into Workers’ Educational Association—That the Parliament congratulates the Workers’ Educational Association (WEA) on the publication of a glowing report by HM Inspectorate of Education on its programme of courses; notes that WEA was founded in Scotland in 1903 originally to promote the education of working men and women at a time when few educational opportunities existed and today continues to provide adult learning in the workplace and in the community based on democratic principles in conjunction with a range of local authorities, enterprise companies, employers, trades unions and voluntary sector partners; further notes the inspectorate’s comments that WEA Scotland is "developing and delivering work that no other organisation was providing and the organisation was sector leading in terms of its practice and range of partnerships" and that it achieved an excellent or very good rating in every category of inspection; is concerned that the delivery of the WEA’s courses in the capital must not be undermined by the City of Edinburgh Council’s plans to close its current home at Riddles Court Community Centre, and calls on the council’s administration to ensure that WEA is able to continue its valuable work helping adults in Edinburgh and the Lothians to gain new skills and qualifications.

S3M-949 Mary Mulligan: Congratulations to Linlithgow Rose Junior Football Club—That the Parliament congratulates the players, officials and supporters of Linlithgow Rose Junior Football Club on their historic 1-0 win over Dalbeattie Star in the third round of the Scottish Cup on Saturday 24 November 2007; notes that Linlithgow Rose is the first junior club in Scotland to progress to the later rounds of the Scottish Cup involving Scottish Premier League clubs; further notes that the success of Linlithgow Rose provides more evidence of the ability of junior football clubs in Scotland to compete effectively on the biggest stage, and wishes Linlithgow Rose the best of luck on Thursday 29 November when the draw for the fourth round of the Scottish Cup is made and in subsequent rounds.

Supported by: Sarah Boyack*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Patricia Ferguson*, Stuart McMillan*, Mr Frank McAveety*, George Foulkes*

S3M-948 Hugh O’Donnell: RSPB Scotland Volunteer and Farmer Alliance—That the Parliament commends the RSPB Scotland Volunteer and Farmer Alliance (V&FA), developed to help reverse the decline of farmland bird populations by working together with volunteers and farmers, which provides farmers with a free survey, undertaken by RSPB volunteers, of the birds breeding on their land; applauds the fact that in Scotland 400 farms and 200 volunteers have participated in surveys since 2002; recognises that, by providing farmers with a free survey of the birds present on their farm and their requirements, the project demonstrates the success of agri-environment schemes and helps to deliver further conservation management successes for farmland birds on the ground, by putting farmers who express an interest in touch with professional advisers who can suggest ways in which to enhance farmland for wild birds, and congratulates all those who have helped set up and maintain the project and those who have participated in it.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-947 Ian McKee: Appointment of Lord McCluskey—That the Parliament welcomes Lord McCluskey’s appointment to the role of checking the legality of donations to the Labour Party and wishes him well in this arduous task.

Supported by: Joe FitzPatrick, Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-944 Brian Adam: Road Hauliers and a Fuel Price Regulator—That the Parliament supports the Road Haulage Association’s campaign to introduce a fuel price regulator; notes the burdensome cost of fuel for motorists and the road haulage industry which affects Scotland; notes that Scotland is one of the world’s largest oil producers with oil at record prices; further highlights the negative effect of soaring fuel prices on competitiveness; urges the UK Government to close the gap between fuel duties charged in the United Kingdom and the rest of Europe; considers that the revenues from fuel duties and VAT, accounting for 60% of the price of petrol and diesel, pose an unfair burden on industry and consumers, and calls on the UK Government to introduce a fuel price regulator which would ensure the smooth modulation of VAT on fuel to reflect changes in the price of oil thus protecting hauliers and consumers.

Supported by: Bashir Ahmad, Stuart McMillan, Joe FitzPatrick, Nigel Don, Roseanna Cunningham, Alex Neil, Sandra White, Bob Doris, Kenneth Gibson, Ian McKee, Alasdair Allan*

S3M-943 Ian McKee: Ratho Indoor Climbing Wall—That the Parliament welcomes the plans to build a new competition-standard climbing wall at the Edinburgh International Climbing Arena; recognises that the building of such a wall will open the potential for the centre to host international climbing events, including the sport’s world championship; notes that this will generate a much-needed boost to the local economy, and anticipates that the centre will continue to be a favourite destination for the sport’s enthusiasts.

Supported by: Shirley-Anne Somerville, Joe FitzPatrick, Bill Kidd, Bashir Ahmad, Bill Wilson, Stuart McMillan, John Wilson, Roseanna Cunningham, Sandra White, John Lamont, Elaine Smith, Rob Gibson, Tavish Scott

S3M-936 Joe FitzPatrick: CHILDREN 1ST New Tayside Premises—That the Parliament congratulates CHILDREN 1ST on the opening of its new Tayside premises in Dundee; notes that CHILDREN 1ST, formerly the Royal Scottish Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children, has helped Dundee’s most vulnerable children and families for over70 years; further notes that from its new premises CHILDREN 1ST will continue to provide much-needed support to children and their families affected by family breakdown, abuse or neglect, including those affected by substance misuse, and recognises the important contribution of CHILDREN 1ST’s staff and volunteers across the whole of Scotland whose hard work helps give vulnerable children and young people a brighter future.

Supported by: Nanette Milne, Elizabeth Smith, Stuart McMillan, Bill Kidd, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Marlyn Glen, Bill Wilson, Hugh O’Donnell, Nigel Don, Roseanna Cunningham, Sandra White, Elaine Smith, Jamie Hepburn, Alasdair Allan, Rob Gibson, Gil Paterson, Robin Harper*, Andrew Welsh*, Alison McInnes*

S3M-935 Alex Neil: Small European Countries Work Better—That the Parliament notes the latest OECD figures which show that GDP per head in Norway, Ireland and Luxembourg is more than 125% above the OECD average; considers that this is further proof that small European countries are better at running their own economies and meeting the challenges of globalisation than big countries like Britain, and believes that the quicker Scotland is independent, the quicker we will be able to join our neighbours at the top of the world league.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Roseanna Cunningham*

S3M-934 Aileen Campbell: Prince’s Trust and the Lion’s Den Initiative—That the Parliament applauds the five Scottish legal firms that are taking part in The Prince’s Trust’s Lions’ Den Challenge; congratulates them and their mentors on their innovative fundraising concepts which have raised much-needed funds to help Scotland’s young people who have struggled at school, been in care, are long-term unemployed or have been in trouble with the law, and wishes them all the best for the final on Monday 3 December 2007.

Supported by: Roseanna Cunningham*

S3M-933 Robert Brown: RNIB Report on Election Experiences of People with Sight Loss—That the Parliament welcomes the RNIB report, Make it count, on the election experiences of people with sight loss; notes the issues identified from individual experience in the report, particularly those of staff training, design including font size and colour contrast, the need for good lighting, better polling booth design and voter advice and information in polling stations, and the problem of delayed despatch of postal ballot papers; notes also the recommendation for the appointment of a Chief Returning Officer; urges the Scotland Office and the Scottish Government to consider and act on the report along with the recommendations in the Gould report and to involve organisations like RNIB more closely in arrangements for future elections, and believes that it is an urgent requirement of any democracy that all its citizens should be able to cast an effective vote in a manner suited to their needs.

Supported by: Liam McArthur, Stuart McMillan, Jim Hume, Christine Grahame, Hugh O’Donnell, Patrick Harvie, Sarah Boyack, Jamie Hepburn, Ross Finnie, Mike Pringle, Elaine Murray, David Stewart, Bill Kidd, Elaine Smith, Kenneth Gibson, Robin Harper*, Marlyn Glen*

S3M-932 Murdo Fraser: Liberal Democrat Defection to the Conservatives—That the Parliament welcomes the defection of the Liberal Democrat MEP, Sajjad Karim, to the Conservative group in the European Parliament; believes that the switch is the latest example of the Conservative Party’s appeal spreading across the political spectrum; notes that Sajjad Karim stated that the Liberal Democrats have "lost their way", and believes that this defection is indicative of the transfer of support from millions of former Liberal Democrat voters to the Conservatives.

S3M-931 Murdo Fraser: Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders in Aden 40th Anniversary—That the Parliament notes that the 27 November 2007 marks the 40th anniversary of UK withdrawal from Aden after the Aden Emergency; praises and commemorates the British soldiers that served in Aden and recognises the important role that Scottish regiments played in the war; in particular notes the famous actions of Lt-Col Colin Mitchell and the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, which saw Mitchell lead the regiment back into the Crater area of Aden in July 1967 to recover the bodies of fallen British soldiers and take control of the district of about 80,000 people without a single British casualty; recognises that the regiment’s actions helped avoid a security breakdown in the area which was happening elsewhere in Aden, and believes that the Ministry of Defence must do more to remember and commemorate the lesser-known wars that the United Kingdom fought in during the 20thcentury and that the valour and actions of the soldiers who fought in Aden and other lesser-known wars must never be forgotten.

S3M-930 David Stewart: Healthy Living Centres—That the Parliament acknowledges the positive contribution of healthy living centres across Scotland, whose aim is to promote good health in its broadest sense, to reduce health inequalities and to improve the health of the most disadvantaged sections of the population; notes with concern that the five-year lottery funding for many of these individual groups is at, or will soon be coming to, an end; recognises the valuable contribution that healthy living centres make in individual communities, such as the Janny’s Hoose in Inverness and Healthways in Ross and Cromarty, and calls on local authorities and NHS boards to enter into funding negotiations with the Scottish Executive to secure a continued long-term funding solution for these very worthwhile organisations.

Supported by: Peter Peacock, Rhoda Grant, James Kelly, Rhona Brankin, Sarah Boyack, Des McNulty, Jackie Baillie, Karen Gillon, Claire Baker, Mr Frank McAveety, Andy Kerr, George Foulkes, Karen Whitefield, Elaine Murray, Cathie Craigie*, Marilyn Livingstone*

S3M-929 Ian McKee: Marsh Trust Scottish Volunteer of the Year—That the Parliament congratulates Shaun Jamieson, volunteer worker in the Barnardo’s store in Wester Hailes, Edinburgh, for being selected as Scottish Volunteer of the Year by the Marsh Trust; applauds the valuable work done by volunteers across Scotland; recognises the crucial role that voluntary sector organisations play in daily life in Scotland, and urges all who can to offer some of their time to help voluntary organisations to continue their important work.

Supported by: Bill Kidd, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Joe FitzPatrick, Mike Pringle, Bashir Ahmad, Jim Hume, Bill Wilson, Stuart McMillan, Sandra White, Jamie Hepburn, John Lamont, Alasdair Allan*, Brian Adam*, Robin Harper*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-927 Bill Butler: 15th Anniversary of Kendoon Housing Association—That the Parliament congratulates Kendoon Housing Association, based in Drumchapel, on the occasion of its 15th anniversary; recognises the association’s achievement in providing, managing and maintaining high-quality housing at rents affordable to those in housing need; applauds the association on its successful use of £24 million of regeneration investment which has resulted in the building of some 309 new homes; commends the management committee, the association’s staff and all those involved over the last 15 years for their dedication and commitment, and wishes the association continued success in the future.

Supported by: Bill Kidd, Bashir Ahmad, Des McNulty, Hugh O’Donnell, Jackie Baillie, Rhona Brankin, Pauline McNeill, Stuart McMillan, Sandra White, Patrick Harvie, Patricia Ferguson, Mary Mulligan, George Foulkes, Karen Whitefield, Gil Paterson*

S3M-926 Cathy Jamieson: Police Pay—That the Parliament notes the dedication, courage and professionalism of police officers throughout Scotland in tackling crime and protecting the public; believes that they should be justly rewarded for the job that they do on behalf of us all; recalls that in July 2007 the official side and the staff side of the UK Police Negotiating Board (PNB) failed to agree the annual pay rise for police officers for the second year running; notes that on 2 November the issue was passed to the independent Police Arbitration Tribunal for resolution; recognises that both sides of the PNB are bound by the decision of the tribunal, and calls on Scottish ministers to be equally bound to implement any agreement reached.

S3M-925# Bill Kidd: Congratulations to Glasgow Disability Alliance—That the Parliament congratulates Glasgow Disability Alliance (GDA) on its event on 3 December 2007 to launch its "Top 10 Tips" for working effectively to involve and empower disabled people and which will also be an awards ceremony to acknowledge the achievements of learners who have become more empowered as citizens and to mark the UN’s International Day of Disabled Persons which is intended to help explore what we can do to deliver the goal of full and equal enjoyment of human rights and participation in society by disabled people; notes the value of the GDA’s learning project which has enabled 150 disabled people in Glasgow facing multiple barriers to access learning and seize learning opportunities; further notes the substantial contribution made by GDA to enable the public sector, including learning institutions, to engage effectively with disabled people to improve policy and services, and applauds the efforts of disabled people in Glasgow to learn for life, for fun and to access education, training and enjoyment.

Supported by: Bob Doris, Elaine Smith, Kenneth Gibson, Bashir Ahmad, Christina McKelvie, Joe FitzPatrick, Sandra White, Hugh O’Donnell, Robin Harper, Stuart McMillan, Jamie Hepburn, Gil Paterson*

S3M-916# Jamie Hepburn: Central Scotland Rail Improvements—That the Parliament welcomes the Scottish Government’s plans to electrify the Glasgow to Edinburgh and Cumbernauld railway lines; believes that this will have a positive effect on the commuting experience for people across Scotland, particularly those in central Scotland; recognises the importance of providing alternatives to the private car to reduce congestion and pollution and of opening up social and economic opportunities to the 32% of Scottish households that do not have access to a car; notes the campaigns by various rail user groups calling for the introduction of a national railcard scheme which would provide discounted travel to all regular train users, and believes that such a scheme should be considered for introduction in Scotland.

Supported by: Bill Kidd, Kenneth Gibson, Christina McKelvie, Stuart McMillan, Patrick Harvie, Alex Neil, Rob Gibson, Alasdair Allan, Aileen Campbell, Bill Wilson, Joe FitzPatrick, Hugh O’Donnell, Roseanna Cunningham, John Wilson*, Gil Paterson*

*S3M-916.1 Mary Mulligan: Central Scotland Rail Improvements—As an amendment to motion (S3M-916) in the name of Jamie Hepburn, leave out from first "believes" to end and insert "and seeks guarantees that this will not lead to a reduction in service to those communities like Linlithgow which are already served by these lines."

S3M-858.1 Hugh O’Donnell: Government Powers to Ensure Terrestrial Broadcast of Sport—As an amendment to motion (S3M-858) in the name of Keith Brown, leave out from "and considers that" to end.

S3M-786# Christine Grahame: Lancastria—That the Parliament notes the armistice commemorations and takes time to reflect on the remarkable sacrifice made by veterans of many countries during numerous conflicts since the First World War; notes, in particular, the loss of the troopship, Lancastria, which was sunk on 17 June 1940 with the loss of 4,000 lives, an estimated 400 of them Scots, including individuals from the South of Scotland; notes the decades of official silence surrounding this loss, the worst for British forces in the whole of the Second World War, and supports the calls from the remaining survivors and relatives of victims for official recognition of this tragedy.

Supported by: John Lamont, Jim Hume, Bashir Ahmad, Joe FitzPatrick, Bob Doris, Sandra White, Keith Brown, Liam McArthur, Alex Neil, Jamie Hepburn, Aileen Campbell, Brian Adam, Bill Kidd, Christina McKelvie, Stuart McMillan, Mike Pringle, Rob Gibson, Nigel Don, Robin Harper, Alasdair Allan, Hugh O’Donnell, Gil Paterson, Cathy Peattie, Michael Matheson, Mary Scanlon, Roseanna Cunningham, Irene Oldfather

S3M-639# Robert Brown: 100 Years of Scouting—That the Parliament congratulates the Scottish Council of the Scout Association on the centenary of the Scout Movement being celebrated throughout 2007, on the level and commitment of volunteers to the delivery of the scouting programme in all 32 local authority areas and on the contribution made by scouting to the lives of young people in Scotland and worldwide; recognises the contribution of scouting to non-formal and outdoor education and applauds the commitment to engaging young people in decision-making through its Voice for Young People initiative and the participation of 120 young people in its recent annual conference; notes that the 1st Glasgow Scout Troop was the first officially recognised Scout group in the world; notes also the achievement of Carrie Gibson, a Scout leader from Greenock, on being the first person ever to have scaled Mount Everest through scouting as part of the Scottish Scouts 7 Summits Expedition; welcomes the work put into the £2 million centenary 7 on Appeal to help put scouting on a solid footing for the next centenary; is concerned at the difficulties that the major youth organisations have in accessing capital development funding; applauds the increase in membership across all sections of the Scouts in Scotland, and believes that scouting continues to make a major contribution to the development of citizenship and leadership and to life-enhancing opportunities for young people in Scotland and across the world.

Supported by: Elizabeth Smith, Ross Finnie, Iain Smith, Rob Gibson, Bill Kidd, Mike Pringle, Nanette Milne, Alasdair Allan, Paul Martin, Stuart McMillan, Kenneth Gibson, John Lamont, David Whitton, Jamie Hepburn, Karen Whitefield, Joe FitzPatrick, Jamie Stone, Mr Frank McAveety, Bill Wilson, Ken Macintosh, Hugh Henry, Robin Harper, Hugh O’Donnell, Jim Tolson, Michael Matheson, Alison McInnes, Jackie Baillie, Sandra White, Rhoda Grant, Jack McConnell, Peter Peacock

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-924 Smart Metering (lodged on 23 November 2007) Bob Doris*

S3M-923 SNP Lochee By-election Victory (lodged on 23 November 2007) Gil Paterson*

S3M-922 BBC Trust Report into New BBC Gaelic Channel (lodged on 23 November 2007) Gil Paterson*

S3M-921 Nitrate Vulnerable Zones (lodged on 23 November 2007) Alison McInnes*

S3M-919 Glasgow City Council’s Fire Cadet Partnership Programme (lodged on 23 November 2007) Gil Paterson*

S3M-914 Vulnerable Child Witnesses (lodged on 22 November 2007) Margaret Smith*

S3M-912 Employability of Disabled Graduates (lodged on 22 November 2007) Bob Doris*, John Park*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-907 BBC Scotland’s Commitment to Deaf Users of Sign Language (lodged on 22 November 2007) Duncan McNeil*, Marilyn Livingstone*

S3M-901 Caring Christmas Trees Programme (lodged on 21 November 2007) Christina McKelvie*, Gil Paterson*

S3M-900 Tenth Anniversary of the Jubilee Scotland Campaign (lodged on 21 November 2007) Robin Harper*, Ian McKee*

S3M-897.2 Darling Must Resign (lodged on 22 November 2007) Marilyn Livingstone*

S3M-879 United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (lodged on 19 November 2007) Alison McInnes*

S3M-878 Anti-Bullying Week 2007 (lodged on 19 November 2007) Elaine Smith*

S3M-871# Carers’ Respite and Short Breaks (lodged on 16 November 2007) Cathie Craigie*

S3M-870 Failure to Invest in Higher Education (lodged on 16 November 2007) Cathie Craigie*, Marilyn Livingstone*

S3M-857 Equal Rights for Agency Workers (lodged on 15 November 2007) Roseanna Cunningham*

S3M-695 Changing Lives (lodged on 25 October 2007) Bill Butler*

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