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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.

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New and altered motions and amendments

* S2M-2649 Colin Fox: Three Cheers for Chomsky—That the Parliament congratulates Edinburgh University and its Palestinian Solidarity Campaign Society for hosting two outstanding lectures by the highly-respected political scholar and dissident, Professor Noam Chomsky; notes that more than 2,000 people crowded in to hear his views on US imperialism and international affairs and were enthralled at the extent of his wisdom and advice on world affairs; regards his visit to Edinburgh as both a considerable success and a highlight of the year, and thanks Professor Chomsky himself for ably standing in for the late and much-missed Professor Edward Said who had originally been invited but who died recently.

* S2M-2648# Richard Baker: Tackling Antisocial Behaviour in Grampian—That the Parliament congratulates Grampian Police on its use of new antisocial behaviour laws; believes that antisocial behaviour is a blight on too many communities in the north east; notes that particular problems in the north east relating to under-age drinking and antisocial behaviour by drivers at Aberdeen’s Beach Boulevard have been successfully targeted by Grampian Police through the new powers; welcomes the fact that Aberdeen has had amongst the highest numbers of antisocial behaviour orders granted in Scotland, and also welcomes innovative schemes to offer young people alternative activities, such as Grampian Police’s “Give the Broch a Break” initiative.

Supported by: Michael McMahon*, Dr Elaine Murray*

* S2M-2648.1# Mike Rumbles: Tackling Antisocial Behaviour in Grampian—As an amendment to motion (S2M-2648) in the name of Richard Baker, leave out from “congratulates” to end and insert “deplores the misapplication of the dispersal powers contained in the Antisocial Behaviour etc. (Scotland) Act 2004 which has resulted in the Beach Boulevard area of Aberdeen effectively being declared a curfew area; considers that anyone who contravenes any of the road traffic Acts should be prosecuted under those Acts and that anyone causing a breach of the peace should be prosecuted, and furthermore states that the use of dispersal powers is no substitute for traditional policing.”

* S2M-2647# Rob Gibson: Norway’s Centenary Celebrations—That the Parliament congratulates the Government and people of Norway on their celebrations of the centenary since the union of Norway and Sweden was dissolved by peaceful means; welcomes the international centennial programme in 2005 whose three main themes are Norway - a partner in peace and development, Norway - a nation rich in resources and Norway - a modern cultural and knowledge nation; applauds the aim to enhance Norway’s visibility, update Norway’s image, celebrate 100 years of close ties with key partner countries and promote Norway as a deeply-committed participant in the international community, both in 2005 and in the years to come; considers that Scots should be encouraged to share in the centenary independence celebrations including the successful Edvard Grieg exhibition, Art and Identity, which closes on 16 April 2005 in the City Art Centre, Edinburgh, and believes that the Scottish Executive should promote participation by Scots in understanding the success of Norway’s story.

Supported by: Linda Fabiani*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Alex Neil*, Mr Kenny MacAskill*, Mr Bruce McFee*, Brian Adam*, Richard Lochhead*, Stewart Stevenson*, Mr Stewart Maxwell*, Bruce Crawford*, Tricia Marwick*, Jim Mather*, Chris Ballance*, Alasdair Morgan*, Mr John Swinney*, Mr Jamie Stone*, Fiona Hyslop*, Robin Harper*, Eleanor Scott*

* S2M-2644.1 Jim Mather: Life Sciences—As an amendment to motion (S2M-2644) in the name of Mr Jim Wallace, leave out from “endorses” to end and insert “and also recognises the need to root that spirit and its resultant wealth in Scotland by gaining the economic powers that will allow Scotland to produce an increasingly more competitive proposition, thereby retaining and attracting more investment and talented people and providing an environment that encourages the growth of indigenous and multi-national businesses in Scotland.”

* S2M-2644.2 Murdo Fraser: Life Sciences—As an amendment to motion (S2M-2644) in the name of Mr Jim Wallace, leave out from “endorses” to end and insert “notes the Scottish Executive’s support to the sector, notably through initiatives such as the Scottish Co-investment Fund and the Life Sciences Intermediary Technology Institute; regrets, however, that the Scottish Life Sciences Community Strategy failed to engage adequately with all sectors of the industry; notes the industry’s very real concerns about bureaucracy, infrastructure and an appropriate skills base, and therefore calls on the Executive to supplement glossy brochures with tangible action to grow biosciences and encourage venture capitalist investment in Scotland by creating a more business-friendly environment.”

* S2M-2640.1 Tommy Sheridan: Nuclear Weapons—As an amendment to motion (S2M-2640) in the name of Roseanna Cunningham, leave out from “; believes” to end and insert “and in the world; believes that the existing Trident nuclear system which costs almost £1 billion annually to keep in operation should be scrapped; recognises that a decision on the replacement of Trident will require to be taken within the next UK Parliament; further recognises that the cost of replacing Trident would be over £20 billion; wishes to register strong opposition to any proposal by Her Majesty’s Government to procure a replacement for the Trident nuclear system, and calls for a referendum to be organised to ask the Scottish people if they wish to see the removal of nuclear weapons from Scotland.”

* S2M-2640.2 Robert Brown: Nuclear Weapons—As an amendment to motion (S2M-2640) in the name of Roseanna Cunningham, leave out from “is opposed” to end and insert “believes that the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty is central to nuclear weapons control; supports the universal ratification of, and adherence to, the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty; regrets that technology in the production of weapons of mass destruction, including nuclear weapons, continues to advance and to proliferate around the globe; supports the retention, against this background, of Britain’s nuclear deterrent until real progress can be made on the multilateral elimination of nuclear weapons; believes that for nuclear non-proliferation and weapons reduction to be achieved, nuclear-armed countries such as Britain must be willing to participate in any disarmament process; believes that a decision to commit any research or other funding for the preparation of any successor to Trident must be first approved by the Westminster Parliament and that no effective case for a successor to Trident has yet been made, and calls on the UK Government to press for a nuclear weapons convention to formalise the commitment of all nuclear weapon states to nuclear disarmament.”

* S2M-2640.3 Chris Ballance: Nuclear Weapons—As an amendment to motion (S2M-2640) in the name of Roseanna Cunningham, insert after “£20 billion” “; notes that communities and the environment across Scotland are endangered by nuclear convoys, by the dismantling of nuclear submarines at Rosyth and the testing of depleted uranium shells at Dundrennan; furthermore calls on Her Majesty’s Government to honour its international obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty,”

Supported by: Mr Mark Ruskell*

* S2M-2640.4 Scott Barrie: Nuclear Weapons—As an amendment to motion (S2M-2640) in the name of Roseanna Cunningham, leave out from “is opposed” to end and insert “acknowledges that defence and national security are matters reserved to the UK Parliament and acknowledges, in the words of the Government’s Strategic Defence Review, “the goal of the global elimination of nuclear weapons”; welcomes the many moves taken to reduce the number of weapons in the world including UK support for the convention to ban anti-personnel landmines, end-user certificates and other restrictions on the arms trade and the significant reductions in the UK’s nuclear weapons stockpile; notes the position of the Scottish National Party, in favour of withdrawal from the United Kingdom and NATO; recognises that withdrawal from the United Kingdom and from NATO would put at risk 25,000 direct MoD jobs in Scotland, 6,000 more dependent on MoD contracts and 12,000 more jobs supported by the military presence, and notes that between 2000 and 2004 the MoD placed 2,500 contracts in Scotland worth around £2 billion, all of which would be at risk under the SNP.”

Supported by: Mr Alasdair Morrison*

* S2M-2640.4.1 Mr Jamie McGrigor: Nuclear Weapons—As an amendment to amendment (S2M-2640.4) in the name of Scott Barrie, insert at end “and congratulates the 7,000 navy and civilian workers who work at Faslane and Rosyth, and those who work at other defence establishments in the United Kingdom, for their commitment to Britain’s security.”

* S2M-2622.1 Miss Annabel Goldie: Firearms Legislation—As an amendment to motion (S2M-2622) in the name of Mr Kenny MacAskill, leave out from “recognises” to end and insert “notes the legislation passed by Westminster following the tragedy in Dunblane; supports the continuing role of Westminster in being responsible for firearms legislation; recognises and welcomes the fact that Scotland has seen a decline in gun crime despite increases in crime with legal and illegal weapons in England; notes that, despite a ban on handguns, there continue to be handgun-related crimes in Scotland, and believes that, in order to reduce the illegal use of firearms and the consequent tragedies, there is a need to ensure that there are police on the beat to deter and detect crime, a fully-resourced court system to prosecute those who choose to break the law and adequate prison places to ensure the protection of the public from continual law breakers.”

* S2M-2622.2 Cathy Jamieson: Firearms Legislation—As an amendment to motion (S2M-2622) in the name of Mr Kenny MacAskill, leave out from “notes with concern” to end and insert “extends its sympathies to those affected by recent tragedies involving firearms; acknowledges that following the Dunblane tragedy in 1996 UK governments have considerably tightened firearms legislation so that the UK now has some of the toughest firearms laws in the world; welcomes additional action taken by the Scottish Executive to encourage people to hand in air weapons to the police; reaffirms the benefits of a UK-wide legal framework and system of gun control, and supports the Executive in its continuing engagement with the UK Government on the current wide-ranging and comprehensive review of firearms provisions.”

Supported by: Hugh Henry*

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S2M-2645 Congratulations to Aberdeen on Securing Scotland versus Barbarians Rugby Match (lodged on 22 March 2005) Alex Johnstone*, Mr Ted Brocklebank*, Brian Adam*, Murdo Fraser*, Nora Radcliffe*, Rob Gibson*, Shiona Baird*, Richard Lochhead*, Mr Jamie McGrigor*, Mr David Davidson*, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton*, Robin Harper*

S2M-2643 London School of Economics Study: The Identity Project (lodged on 22 March 2005) Roseanna Cunningham*, Mr Bruce McFee*, Rob Gibson*, Mr Kenny MacAskill*, Alex Neil*, Robin Harper*

S2M-2641 Scotland versus Barbarians at Pittodrie, 24 May 2005 (lodged on 22 March 2005) Stewart Stevenson*

S2M-2637 Grub Log (lodged on 22 March 2005) Michael Matheson*

S2M-2636 1,599 Rosyth Job Losses (lodged on 22 March 2005) Michael Matheson*, Mr John Swinney*, Brian Adam*, Stewart Stevenson*, Jim Mather*, Mr Kenny MacAskill*, Christine Grahame*, Rob Gibson*, Mr Stewart Maxwell*, Richard Lochhead*, Mr Bruce McFee*, Tricia Marwick*, Alex Neil*, Fergus Ewing*, Roseanna Cunningham*

S2M-2635 Council Tax Poverty (lodged on 22 March 2005) Michael Matheson*

S2M-2620 #Special Olympics Great Britain National Summer Games 2005 (lodged on 18 March 2005) Karen Whitefield*, Tommy Sheridan*, Christine May*, Mr Kenneth Macintosh*, Nora Radcliffe*, Trish Godman*, Mr Jamie Stone*

S2M-2619 Meeting the Needs and Aspirations of people in Scotland (lodged on 18 March 2005) Dr Jean Turner*, Dennis Canavan*, John Swinburne*, Campbell Martin*

S2M-2615 #Protecting Land Used for Organised Sport and Other Forms of Physical Activity (lodged on 18 March 2005) Nora Radcliffe*, Sarah Boyack*, Trish Godman*

S2M-2614 People’s Victory for Borders Rail (lodged on 17 March 2005) Fiona Hyslop*

S2M-2612 #Crisis of Management in Kilmarnock Prison (lodged on 17 March 2005) Tommy Sheridan*

S2M-2611 #Our Prisons are not for Profit (lodged on 17 March 2005) Tommy Sheridan*

S2M-2610 Measuring Scotland’s Economic Performance (lodged on 17 March 2005) Fiona Hyslop*

S2M-2605 Simon Pepper OBE, Retiral from WWF Scotland (lodged on 16 March 2005) Nora Radcliffe*, Fiona Hyslop*, Mr Andrew Arbuckle*, Trish Godman*, Rob Gibson*

S2M-2604 #Treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease (lodged on 16 March 2005) Trish Godman*

S2M-2603 #Disability Rights Commission Employment Campaign (lodged on 16 March 2005) Fiona Hyslop*

S2M-2602 #Treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease (lodged on 16 March 2005) Mr Andrew Welsh*

S2M-2601 #City of Perth (lodged on 16 March 2005) Nora Radcliffe*

S2M-2595 Equal Opportunities Commission Scotland’s “Pregnant and Productive” Campaign (lodged on 15 March 2005) Nora Radcliffe*, Patrick Harvie*, Janis Hughes*, Ms Wendy Alexander*, Michael McMahon*, Mr John Swinney*, Brian Adam*, Stewart Stevenson*, Mr Jamie Stone*, Mr Stewart Maxwell*, Mr Kenneth Macintosh*, Cathie Craigie*, Alex Neil*, Trish Godman*, Rosie Kane*, Robin Harper*, Eleanor Scott*

S2M-2584 Commonwealth Local Government Conference, Aberdeen (lodged on 14 March 2005) Nora Radcliffe*

S2M-2583 Drumchapel High School Pupils’ Act of Solidarity (lodged on 14 March 2005) Nora Radcliffe*, Fiona Hyslop*

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

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

S2M-2544 #Hannah Research Institute - Loss of Home Based Scientists (lodged on 8 March 2005) Mr Ted Brocklebank*

S2M-2482 #Quality of Fife’s Train Services (lodged on 25 February 2005) Richard Baker*

S2M-2411 #Co-operative Education (lodged on 9 February 2005) Nora Radcliffe*

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