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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-2614 Christine Grahame: People’s Victory for Borders Rail—That the Parliament notes the recent funding announcement by the Scottish Executive following a petition signed by thousands in support of the Waverley Line and unanimous support from the Scottish Parliament in June 2000 for full reinstatement of the line from Edinburgh to Carlisle; recognises that this latest announcement represents a people’s victory for everyone from Campaign for Borders Rail to individuals such as Madge Elliot from Hawick, and calls on the Executive to ensure that the track for the railway is laid from the Borders towards Edinburgh in recognition of the sustained efforts of Borderers to right this historic wrong.

*S2M-2613 Rosie Kane: Stop the M74—That the Parliament reaffirms the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights; notes and recognises the primacy of Article 3, the right to life; acknowledges that clean water, clean air and adequate nourishment are essential for human life; further acknowledges that any individual or organisation that prevents the access of another individual to clean water, clean air or adequate nourishment is clearly in breach of that person’s human rights; accepts that the M74 extension will prevent access to clean air for the communities affected by the road and thus that the Scottish Executive is breaching the human rights of its own citizens, and therefore calls on the Executive to stop its plans for this road extension immediately.

*S2M-2612# Alex Neil: Crisis of Management in Kilmarnock Prison—That the Parliament considers that the Minister for Justice should adopt a proactive approach, rather than her current complacent one, to dealing with the crisis of management in Kilmarnock Prison; believes that, if she continues to ignore this problem, she will lose the confidence of the Scottish people and this Parliament; further believes that the Chief Executive of the Scottish Prison Service has failed to ensure that the contract between Premier Prison Services and the Scottish Prison Service for the running of Kilmarnock Prison is being properly implemented and that he has totally ignored the breaches of contract, illegal activities and morally-decadent behaviour which are occurring in the prison, as well as failing to ensure that suicide watches have been properly carried out and monitored, as a result of which there has been an unnecessary and avoidable loss of life; believes that he should resign forthwith and that the Chief Inspector of Prisons should launch an immediate, open and transparent investigation into the allegations made in the BBC documentary into Kilmarnock Prison, broadcast on 9 March 2005, and further believes that the latest report of the Chief Inspector of Prisons into Kilmarnock Prison should be published immediately.

*S2M-2611# Colin Fox: Our Prisons are not for Profit—That the Parliament believes that all of Scotland’s prisons belong in the public sector; supports the Prisons are not for Profit campaign, and believes that any partial-privatisation plans, such as the bridging the gap initiatives, undermine the prison service’s commitment to correctional excellence.

*S2M-2610 Alex Neil: Measuring Scotland’s Economic Performance—That the Parliament believes that the Scottish Executive should take urgent steps to establish a much more reliable, accurate and comprehensive set of economic statistics for Scotland than is currently available and that it should ensure that such statistics are as robust as those for competitor nations and are totally independent of undue and prejudicial government interference.

*S2M-2609 Alex Neil: Scottish Economic Performance Study—That the Parliament believes the Scottish Executive should undertake a detailed study on how Scotland can outperform the Irish economy.

*S2M-2608 Alex Neil: North Sea Oil Revenues—That the Parliament demands that the extra £1.5 billion to be raised from North Sea oil revenues identified in the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s budget be allocated for spending in Scotland.

*S2M-2607 Mike Pringle: Zimbabwe Elections—That the Parliament welcomes the elections in Zimbabwe on 31 March 2005; calls on the people of Zimbabwe to turn out and exercise their hard-won and democratic right; notes that previous elections have been invalidated by intimidation and vote-rigging by the ruling Zanu-PF party of Robert Mugabe, and further calls on the international community to monitor that this election is carried out in a free and fair way so that the result fully reflects the future hopes and aspirations of the people of Zimbabwe.

*S2M-2601.1# Murdo Fraser: City of Perth—As an amendment to motion (S2M-2601) in the name of Roseanna Cunningham, insert at end "but regrets that Perth is not recognised as having legal city status by the Scottish Executive and accordingly considers that the Executive should accept Perth as having city status on a par with Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness and Stirling."

*S2M-2583.1 Ms Sandra White: Drumchapel High School Pupils’ Act of Solidarity—As an amendment to motion (S2M-2583) in the name of Bill Butler, insert at end "and believes that the only way to avoid repeat treatment of this kind being visited on other asylum seekers is for immigration policy to be devolved to the Parliament."

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S2M-2606 Jamie Oliver’s School Meals Programme and On-line Petition (lodged on 16 March 2005) Tommy Sheridan*, Colin Fox*, Robin Harper*, Ms Sandra White*, Rosie Kane*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*

S2M-2605 Simon Pepper OBE, Retiral from WWF Scotland (lodged on 16 March 2005) Richard Lochhead*, Shiona Baird*, Bruce Crawford*, Ms Sandra White*, Patrick Harvie*, Sarah Boyack*, Mr John Swinney*, Mark Ballard*, Tommy Sheridan*, Des McNulty*

S2M-2603# Disability Rights Commission Employment Campaign (lodged on 16 March 2005) Chris Ballance*, Mark Ballard*, Bruce Crawford*, Rob Gibson*, Robin Harper*, Alex Neil*, Patrick Harvie*, Mr Adam Ingram*, Mr Kenneth Macintosh*, Nora Radcliffe*, Mr Mark Ruskell*, Eleanor Scott*, Elaine Smith*, Ms Sandra White*, Mike Pringle*, Tommy Sheridan*

S2M-2602# Treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease (lodged on 16 March 2005) Alex Neil*, Rob Gibson*, Tricia Marwick*, Stewart Stevenson*, Brian Adam*, Ms Sandra White*, Frances Curran*, Carolyn Leckie*, Tommy Sheridan*

S2M-2601# City of Perth (lodged on 16 March 2005) Michael Matheson*

S2M-2584 Commonwealth Local Government Conference, Aberdeen (lodged on 14 March 2005) Phil Gallie*, Robin Harper*

S2M-2583 Drumchapel High School Pupils’ Act of Solidarity (lodged on 14 March 2005) Robin Harper*, Mike Watson*

S2M-2582 Executive Funding of Miscarriages of Justice Organisation (Scotland) (lodged on 14 March 2005) Mike Watson*

S2M-2581# Scotland Day - 6 April (lodged on 14 March 2005) Mr Adam Ingram*

S2M-2580 Renumbering of Committee Rooms (lodged on 14 March 2005) Mr David Davidson*

S2M-2579 Heartstart Ayrshire and Arran (lodged on 14 March 2005) Mr David Davidson*, Phil Gallie*

S2M-2578 Bank of Scotland Earnings Survey and Low Pay Across Scotland (lodged on 11 March 2005) Ms Sandra White*, Rosie Kane*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*

S2M-2577 Comments of Republican Member of Congress About Syria (lodged on 11 March 2005) Ms Sandra White*, Patrick Harvie*, Rosie Kane*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*

S2M-2573# Reviewing Arrangements for Managing Sex Offenders (lodged on 11 March 2005) Jackie Baillie*, Trish Godman*, Alex Neil*, Mike Watson*, Mr Alasdair Morrison*, Mr Duncan McNeil*, Kate Maclean*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Phil Gallie*

S2M-2572# Supermarkets Causing the Demise of Family Grocer Businesses (lodged on 10 March 2005) Nora Radcliffe*, Shiona Baird*

S2M-2571 Hamilton Fairtrade Town (lodged on 10 March 2005) Tommy Sheridan*

S2M-2570 Declaration of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (lodged on 10 March 2005) Nora Radcliffe*

S2M-2562 Scottish Standard (lodged on 9 March 2005) Nora Radcliffe*

S2M-2560 Aberdeen Jobcentre (lodged on 9 March 2005) Nora Radcliffe*

S2M-2556 Proposed Closure of BPB Papermill at Mugiemoss, Aberdeen (lodged on 9 March 2005) Shiona Baird*, Mr David Davidson*

S2M-2553# Action on Skin Disease (lodged on 8 March 2005) Nora Radcliffe*

S2M-2544# Hannah Research Institute - Loss of Home Based Scientists (lodged on 8 March 2005) Mrs Nanette Milne*

S2M-2530 Darvel Remembers Sir Alexander Fleming (lodged on 7 March 2005) Phil Gallie*, Robin Harper*, Karen Whitefield*

S2M-2479# What Century is This? Campaign (lodged on 25 February 2005) Mike Watson*

S2M-2415.1 Scottish Suffragette Women (lodged on 11 March 2005) Nora Radcliffe*