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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. The 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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-2339 Colin Fox:Proposed New Powers for Home Secretary—That the Parliament views with grave concern proposals from the UK Home Secretary in relation to further extension of anti-terrorism legislation; views legislation that would enable the Home Secretary to order individuals to surrender their passport, the imposition of curfews, electronic tagging, reporting regularly to police, limits on use of the telephone and the internet and house arrest without being placed on trial as being totally unacceptable and a further extension of the already draconian powers available to the Home Secretary; notes that the number of people from Asian backgrounds stopped and searched by police has increased by 300% since the Terrorism Act 2000 came into force and further notes the comments of Guy Mansfield QC, chairman of the Bar Council, who said that “Disproportionate measures risk radicalising the community from which a detainee comes. That may make this country less rather than more safe”; notes that already there is press speculation that the new powers may also be used to target individuals such as animal right activists; notes that anti-terrorism legislation was used routinely during the policing of peace demonstrations at RAF Fairford, Gloucestershire, and believes that it opens the door for the Home Secretary to target those taking legitimate and peaceful protest action with the proposed new powers.

* S2M-2338 Mr Tom McCabe:Transport ( Scotland) Bill: Financial Resolution—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Transport ( Scotland) Bill, agrees to —

(a) any expenditure of a kind referred to in paragraph 3(b)(ii) of Rule 9.12 of the Parliament’s Standing Orders;

(b) any increase in expenditure of a kind referred to in paragraph 3(b)(iii) of that Rule; and

(c) any payments in relation to which paragraph 4 of that Rule applies, arising in consequence of the Act.

* S2M-2337 Mr Kenny MacAskill:Recognition of Social Workers—That the Parliament welcomes the report, Housing & Social Work: Performance Indicators 2003/2004, from Audit Scotland; recognises the positive results of the report, such as 95.5% of court reports being submitted by the due date and a 13% rise in the number of community service orders being completed, and congratulates social workers on achieving these results, despite the huge problems that persist in the recruitment and retention of staff and the obvious knock-on effect this has on the remaining staff trying to cover the caseloads of staff who have left.

* S2M-2336 Mark Ballard:McDonald’s Continued Presence in Primary Schools—That the Parliament notes the decision of McDonald’s to curtail its presence in UK primary schools, as reported in Marketing Magazine on 12 January 2005; welcomes the withdrawal of McDonald’s-sponsored educational material and teaching assistants from primary schools; hopes that this will lead to a complete withdrawal of McDonald’s material from schools, and calls on McDonald’s and other corporations to stop using educational sponsorship as a vehicle for advertising their products to children in compulsory schooling.

* S2M-2335# Dr Elaine Murray:Rise of Drugs Misuse in South West Scotland—That the Parliament notes with concern the significant rise in drugs misuse in parts of south-west Scotland at a time when national figures are declining; notes that drugs misuse in Dumfries and Galloway rose by 52% between 2000 and 2003 according to the recent study by the Centre for Drugs Misuse Research and the Scottish Centre for Infection and Environmental Health; notes that one person in 40 misuses drugs in Dumfries and Galloway and that this is the fourth highest rate in Scotland, and believes that drugs services in Dumfries and Galloway, along with other areas which have shown a significant increase in drugs misuse over the period of the study, should be subject to an independent external audit, as announced by the Scottish Executive in its Review of Drug Treatment and Rehabilitation Services, in order to assess whether drugs services in Dumfries and Galloway are appropriate, accessible and adequately funded.

* S2M-2334 Dr Jean Turner:Fair Trade in Milk Prices for Dairy Farmers—That the Parliament recognises that dairy farmers are increasingly receiving a less than fair return for their milk as the difference between the price paid to dairy farms and the supermarket shelf price is increasing year on year; commends the efficiency and quality of dairy output in Scotland, and calls on the Scottish Executive to ensure that the stranglehold on pricing held by supermarkets does not jeopardise farm businesses by a fairer allocation of monies for all concerned in milk production.

Supported by: Shiona Baird*, Alex Johnstone*

* S2M-2333 Rhona Brankin:The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) ( Scotland) Order 2005—That the Health Committee recommends that the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) ( Scotland) Order 2005 (SSI 2005/34) be approved.

Supported by: Mr Andy Kerr*

S2M-02328 Christine May: Fife Constabulary - Use of Antisocial Behaviour Powers— That the Parliament welcomes the success of Fife Constabulary in obtaining a closure order on a flat in Leven under the Antisocial Behaviour etc. (Scotland) Act 2004; notes that the new powers introduced under this legislation made it possible for such an order to be granted; congratulates Fife Constabulary and Fife Council for this innovative use of the new powers; agrees with Mr Richard Martin of Leven who noted that it was regrettable that an Act of the Scottish Parliament was needed to deal with the antisocial behaviour to which he and his neighbours had been subjected for a lengthy period of time but nevertheless welcomes this addition to the legal framework in Scotland; regrets the opposition which was shown to the Bill in its passage through the Parliament by those who argued that such powers would not be needed and would prove ineffective; congratulates ministers and the Parliament for their courage in passing the legislation, and *considers that* all involved in dealing with antisocial behaviour *should* study the actions of Fife Constabulary to see if similar solutions can be used across Scotland.

* S2M-2243.1 Margo MacDonald:Serious Organised Crime and Police Bill - UK Legislation—As an amendment to motion (S2M-2243) in the name of Cathy Jamieson, leave out from “and agrees” to end and insert “but does not agree that the provisions of the Serious Organised Crime and Police Bill that relate to devolved matters and those that relate to the executive competence of the Scottish Ministers should be considered by the UK Parliament because it considers that no further action should be taken by the Parliament on this issue or any other Sewel motion not yet agreed by the Parliament until the Procedures Committee reports on its current inquiry into the Sewel Convention.”

Supported by: Campbell Martin*, Dr Jean Turner*

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S2M-2332 Holocaust Memorial Day (lodged on 26 January 2005) Tricia Marwick*, Michael McMahon*, Fergus Ewing*, Cathie Craigie*, Eleanor Scott*, Nicola Sturgeon*, Ms Sandra White*, Linda Fabiani*, Stewart Stevenson*, Patrick Harvie*, Shona Robison*, Robert Brown*, Murray Tosh*, Margaret Smith*, Mr Kenny MacAskill*, Jim Mather*, Mr Kenneth Macintosh*, Dr Jean Turner*, Mr Adam Ingram*, Mr Bruce McFee*, Christine Grahame*, Michael Matheson*, Scott Barrie*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Richard Lochhead*, Robin Harper*, Chris Ballance*, Fiona Hyslop*, Mr Andrew Arbuckle*, Mr Andrew Welsh*, Rob Gibson*, Margaret Mitchell*, Karen Gillon*, Phil Gallie*, Mr John Swinney*, Alex Neil*, Carolyn Leckie*, Janis Hughes*, Mike Pringle*

S2M-2328 #Fife Constabulary - Use of Antisocial Behaviour Powers (lodged on 26 January 2005) Scott Barrie*, Marilyn Livingstone*

S2M-2327 Avoid Compromising the Smoking Bill (lodged on 26 January 2005) Rosie Kane*, Frances Curran*

S2M-2326 #Use of Rubber Bullets (lodged on 26 January 2005) Ms Sandra White*, Colin Fox*, Dennis Canavan*, Rosie Kane*, Eleanor Scott*, Carolyn Leckie*

S2M-2325 Congratulations to Kirkintilloch Skatepark Initiative (lodged on 26 January 2005) Margaret Mitchell*, Elaine Smith*, Carolyn Leckie*, Mr Stewart Maxwell*

S2M-2324 Kenny Richey Reprieve (lodged on 26 January 2005) Fiona Hyslop*, Colin Fox*

S2M-2323 JD Wetherspoon Pubs to be Smoke-Free (lodged on 26 January 2005) Stewart Stevenson*, Mr Stewart Maxwell*

S2M-2322 Beating Bowel Cancer - 6th Loud Tie Campaign (lodged on 25 January 2005) Maureen Macmillan*, Mr David Davidson*, Mike Watson*, Helen Eadie*, Elaine Smith*, Ms Sandra White*, Jackie Baillie*, Mike Pringle*, Christine May*, Trish Godman*, Karen Gillon*, Robin Harper*, Mary Scanlon*, Alex Neil*, Eleanor Scott*

S2M-2321 1000th Anniversary of the Birth of Macbeth and Connections with Lumphanan, Aberdeenshire (lodged on 25 January 2005) Fiona Hyslop*, Mrs Nanette Milne*, Mary Scanlon*, Robin Harper*

S2M-2317 #Responsible Deer Management (lodged on 25 January 2005) Sarah Boyack*, George Lyon*

S2M-2300 Ambulatory Care and Diagnostic Unit (ACAD) Safe Working (lodged on 25 January 2005) Mr Stewart Maxwell*

S2M-2299 #NHS Bed and Theatre Numbers (lodged on 25 January 2005) Mr Stewart Maxwell*

S2M-2297 Robert Burns - Red Rose (lodged on 24 January 2005) Fiona Hyslop*

S2M-2296 #Cost of Alcohol Abuse (lodged on 24 January 2005) Mr Stewart Maxwell*

S2M-2295 LGBT National Gathering in Dumfries Friday 18 to Sunday 20 February 2005 (lodged on 21 January 2005) Cathie Craigie*, Christine May*, Mike Watson*, Fiona Hyslop*, Trish Godman*

S2M-2294 #A Better Deal for People Dealing with Cancer (lodged on 21 January 2005) Fiona Hyslop*, Cathie Craigie*, Irene Oldfather*, Chris Ballance*

S2M-2290 #First Time Buyers (lodged on 21 January 2005) Fiona Hyslop*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Murray Tosh*, Mr Stewart Maxwell*

S2M-2285 Good Luck Message to Scottish Schools Debating Team (lodged on 20 January 2005) Murray Tosh*, Mr Brian Monteith*

S2M-2283 60th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz (lodged on 20 January 2005) Roseanna Cunningham*, Mr Brian Monteith*

S2M-2280 Drug Rehabilitation versus Damage Limitation (lodged on 20 January 2005) Mr Brian Monteith*

S2M-2277 Newspaper and Magazine Supply Chain (lodged on 19 January 2005) Margaret Smith*, Mike Pringle*, Robin Harper*

S2M-2276 #The Future of Clydeside Shipyards (lodged on 19 January 2005) Mr Kenny MacAskill*, Chris Ballance*, Cathie Craigie*, Pauline McNeill*, Michael McMahon*, Mike Watson*, Robert Brown*, Ms Wendy Alexander*, Tricia Marwick*, Murray Tosh*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Robin Harper*, Mr Alasdair Morrison*, Rob Gibson*, Tommy Sheridan*, Alex Neil*, Mr Kenneth Macintosh*, Christine May*

S2M-2263 #The Closure of Rural Primary Schools in Scotland (lodged on 14 January 2005) Alex Fergusson*

S2M-2252 Reinstatement of Jim O’Donovan (lodged on 13 January 2005) Dr Sylvia Jackson*, Chris Ballance*

S2M-2251 Congratulations to President Abbas (lodged on 13 January 2005) Irene Oldfather*

S2M-2250 National No School Uniform Day, Friday 21 January 2005 (lodged on 13 January 2005) Irene Oldfather*

S2M-2232 #Audit of Services for People with Autistic Spectrum Disorders: Statistical Report (2004) (lodged on 10 January 2005) Roseanna Cunningham*

S2M-2231 The Continuing Failure of the BBC to Hand Over Tapes to the Fraser Inquiry (lodged on 10 January 2005) Miss Annabel Goldie*

S2M-2230 Family Mediation (lodged on 10 January 2005) Irene Oldfather*

S2M-2223 Stoddard International PLC (lodged on 7 January 2005) Murray Tosh*

S2M-2220 The Scottish Women’s Hospital at Royaumont (lodged on 6 January 2005) Mrs Mary Mulligan*

S2M-2206 Abolition of Tolls on Erskine Bridge (lodged on 22 December 2004) Murray Tosh*

S2M-2182 #Campbeltown Hospital (lodged on 16 December 2004) Murray Tosh*

S2M-2180.1 Congratulations to Mordechai Vanunu (lodged on 11 January 2005) Mr Frank McAveety*, Mike Watson*

S2M-2178 #Philip Lawrence Awards 2004 (lodged on 16 December 2004) Cathie Craigie*, Mark Ballard*, Colin Fox*

S2M-2153 #Medical Services in Kintyre (lodged on 13 December 2004) Murray Tosh*

S2M-2133 Road Safety for the Elderly (lodged on 8 December 2004) Maureen Macmillan*, Robert Brown*, Ms Sandra White*, Christine May*, Mike Pringle*, Elaine Smith*, Chris Ballance*, Helen Eadie*, Mike Watson*, Mr Bruce McFee*, Trish Godman*, Robin Harper*

S2M-2116 #Reviewing Arrangements for Managing Registered Sex Offenders (lodged on 6 December 2004) Nicola Sturgeon*

S2M-2113 Congratulations to David Steel on Appointment to the Order of the Thistle (lodged on 6 December 2004) Murray Tosh*

S2M-2112 Erskine (lodged on 6 December 2004) Murray Tosh*

S2M-2108 Early Introduction of Consumer Credit Bill (lodged on 2 December 2004) Murray Tosh*

S2M-2071 Burns Monument Kilmarnock (lodged on 25 November 2004) Murray Tosh*

S2M-2065 #St Mirren Football Club (lodged on 24 November 2004) Irene Oldfather*

S2M-1967 Shifting Expenditure from Military Spending to Working for Peace (lodged on 5 November 2004) Michael Matheson*