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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 which members wish to be considered for debate as members’ business in the Parliament are marked with a hash 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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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

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New and altered motions and amendments

*S2M-2232# Elaine Smith: Audit of Services for People with Autistic Spectrum Disorders: Statistical Report (2004)—That the Parliament notes that Audit of Services for People with Autistic Spectrum Disorders: Statistical Report (2004) estimates that 561 children and young people aged 18 and under have been diagnosed with an autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) in Lanarkshire, giving the area the second highest rate of ASD in Scotland: notes, however, that only 37 adults are currently recognised as having an ASD in the area; considers that such apparent inconsistencies in diagnoses between age groups relate directly to variations in service provision; welcomes the Scottish Executive’s commitment to improving services; recognises, however, the urgent need for improvement in adult services, and considers that the Executive should continue its drive to ensure provision of more services for people of all ages with autistic spectrum disorders.

*S2M-2231 Margo MacDonald: The Continuing Failure of the BBC to Hand Over Tapes to the Fraser Inquiry—That the Parliament, believing it to be in the best interests of efficient governance and the maintenance of the Scottish people’s trust in, and respect for, their elected representatives and institutions, wishes to assist Lord Fraser to formally complete his inquiry into the Holyrood Project, now overdue by a considerably longer period than originally envisaged due to the delayed transmission of "The Gathering Place", and to that end reminds BBC Scotland of its public responsibility and requests that Lord Fraser should be allowed access to the material in interviews recorded for the programme as soon as possible and before ownership passes to the independent company contracted by the BBC to produce "The Gathering Place".

*S2M-2230 Robin Harper: Family Mediation—That the Parliament commends Family Mediation Scotland for the excellent work it has done over the last 20 years assisting separating couples and providing support for children and parents in reaching agreements to enable all parties to move forward and for its work in creating contact centres for children and parents and setting up children’s groups; notes that the most recent annual review of Scottish legal aid concludes that a significant proportion of its savings in legal aid in the last financial year came from increased take-up of mediation services, and calls on the Scottish Executive to make proportionate long-term funding available to family mediation services on this basis.

*S2M-2229 Christine Grahame: Care and Repair—That the Parliament marks its concern at the withdrawal by Scottish Borders Council of the handyman service for tenants in the socially-rented sector from the end of 2004, a free service which was much-needed and used by elderly and disabled people in Galashiels and surrounding areas and in particular by those in sheltered and retirement accommodation and which provided much-needed help with tasks such as changing curtains, moving furniture and changing light bulbs; notes that this free service, which must have prevented accident and injury, ended with the launch of the Scottish Executive’s Care and Repair Scheme in the Borders, a service which also provides, inter alia, a handyman service, but only to those in privately-rented accommodation or owner-occupiers, and therefore urges the Executive to make enquiries as to whether the withdrawal of the handyman service to those in socially-rented accommodation has happened elsewhere in Scotland.

*S2M-2228 Christine Grahame: Population and Poverty—That the Parliament notes the link between poverty and population decline, as cited by the Office of National Statistics; notes that independent Ireland’s population will increase to a level higher than that of Scotland by 2019; notes that Ireland’s increase in population has been made possible through a combination of steady economic growth together with reducing the number of people living in consistent poverty, which in Ireland has fallen by two-thirds since 1994; notes that by 2040 Scotland’s population will have fallen by half a million from current levels and will be heading towards population levels not seen since the days of the Highland Clearances; notes that poverty is a significant factor in Scotland with Scots having the shortest life-expectancy in western Europe; notes that our pensioner population will increase from 950,000 to 1.2 million in the next 25 years, and congratulates Ireland for creating the necessary social and economic conditions which effectively tackle poverty as well as bringing sustainable population growth and economic stability.

Supported by: Jim Mather*, Brian Adam*, Alex Neil*

*S2M-2227 Mr Tom McCabe: Protection of Children and Prevention of Sexual Offences (Scotland) Bill: Financial Resolution—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Protection of Children and Prevention of Sexual Offences (Scotland) Bill, agrees to any increase in expenditure of a kind referred to in Rule 9.12.3(b)(iii) of the Parliament’s Standing Orders arising in consequence of the Act.

*S2M-2226 David Mundell: Flooding in Carlisle—That the Parliament recognises that the city of Carlisle is an important regional centre for part of the south of Scotland, providing work, medical services, leisure and shopping; notes with concern the serious flooding experienced in the city in recent days resulting in loss of life, damage to property and disruption to services, and thanks all those from emergency services and voluntary organisations from Scotland who have assisted in the rescue efforts and the subsequent clean-up operation.

Supported by: John Scott*, Dr Elaine Murray*, Nora Radcliffe*, Murray Tosh*, Mr Ted Brocklebank*, Alex Neil*, Christine Grahame*, Margaret Mitchell*

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S2M-2224# Perth City Bid (lodged on 7 January 2005) Mr Brian Monteith*, Mr Jamie Stone*, Mr Mark Ruskell*, Nora Radcliffe*, Mr David Davidson*, David Mundell*, Bill Aitken*, Mr Ted Brocklebank*

S2M-2223 Stoddard International PLC (lodged on 7 January 2005) Jackie Baillie*, Pauline McNeill*, Alex Neil*, Mr Jamie Stone*, Mrs Mary Mulligan*, Dr Elaine Murray*, Marlyn Glen*

S2M-2222 Christmas Card Recycling Scheme (lodged on 7 January 2005) Christine Grahame*, Dr Elaine Murray*, Marlyn Glen*

S2M-2221 Curl Aberdeen: A New Curling Rink for Aberdeen (lodged on 6 January 2005) Mr David Davidson*, Richard Lochhead*

S2M-2220 The Scottish Women’s Hospital at Royaumont (lodged on 6 January 2005) Mr Jamie Stone*, Mr Jamie McGrigor*, Bill Aitken*, Bruce Crawford*, Mr David Davidson*, Nora Radcliffe*, Mike Pringle*, Mr Kenneth Macintosh*, Mr Ted Brocklebank*

S2M-2219# School Zones (lodged on 6 January 2005) Richard Lochhead*, Mr Mark Ruskell*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Alex Neil*

S2M-2218# Scotland on the Internet (lodged on 6 January 2005) Christine Grahame*

S2M-2217 New Nuclear Power Stations in Scotland (lodged on 6 January 2005) Dr Elaine Murray*, David McLetchie*, John Scott*

S2M-2216# Earthquake and Tsunami Which Hit the Coasts of South Asia on Boxing Day 2004 (lodged on 5 January 2005) Dr Elaine Murray*, Tommy Sheridan*, Alex Neil*

S2M-2212# Indefinite Imprisonment Without Trial at Belmarsh Prison (lodged on 23 December 2004) Christine Grahame*

S2M-2211 Jim Anderson - Scottish Leading Sports Personality of the Year (lodged on 23 December 2004) Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Christine Grahame*

S2M-2209# Sustaining Agriculture and Sustaining Communities (lodged on 23 December 2004) Christine Grahame*

S2M-2208 Time for Reflection (lodged on 23 December 2004) Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Margaret Smith*

S2M-2207# Make Poverty History Campaign in 2005 (lodged on 23 December 2004) Dr Elaine Murray*, Mrs Mary Mulligan*

S2M-2178# Philip Lawrence Awards 2004 (lodged on 16 December 2004) Dr Elaine Murray*

S2M-2076# Network Rail GSM-R Masts (lodged on 25 November 2004) Kate Maclean*, Dennis Canavan*