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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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

(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

*S2M-2794 Malcolm Chisholm: Commemorating Scotland’s Veterans—That the Parliament acknowledges a debt of gratitude to all Scottish veterans who served their country in World War II; recognises the ultimate sacrifice made by 57,000 Scots during that period of conflict, and encourages everyone in Scotland to support the commemorative events this summer.

Supported by: Johann Lamont*

*S2M-2793 Peter Peacock: Schools/Colleges Review—That the Parliament welcomes Lifelong Partners, the Scottish Executive’s strategy for school and college partnership to increase and enhance further vocational and other specialist opportunities for S3 pupils and above to access high quality educational experiences and gain full recognition for their learning with colleges; acknowledges that further education colleges, as principally centres of voluntary learning for adults, play an important role in helping schools realise the potential of young people; supports the growth in college learning opportunities for pupils outlined in the Executive’s strategy, and recognises that colleges’ partnership work with schools is a priority for the further education sector.

Supported by: Mr Jim Wallace*, Allan Wilson*, Euan Robson*

*S2M-2792 Christine Grahame: The Lancastria—That the Parliament notes that 17 June 2005 will mark the 65th anniversary of the sinking of the former Clyde-built liner and requisitioned troopship, Lancastria, which was sunk by enemy action whilst loading the remainder of the British Expeditionary Force from France in 1940, five miles off the French coastal town of St Nazaire; notes that the sinking is the worst naval disaster in British maritime history, claiming the lives of more than 4,000 soldiers, sailors, airmen and civilian refugees, a grim death toll greater than the combined loss of life in the Titanic and Lusitania disasters; notes and commends the efforts of the local French people during the rescue operation in assisting the survivors and tending to the burial of the hundreds of victims washed ashore in the months following the sinking; pays tribute to both the survivors and victims of the disaster, men, women and children who have been forgotten by history; notes the D-Notice banning news of the sinking ordered by Winston Churchill which effectively remains in place in the United Kingdom to this day; notes that the Shetland-born captain of Lancastria, Captain Sharp, was instructed by Royal Navy officers under orders from the Admiralty in London to load as many people as possible "without regard to the limits set down under international law", loading some estimated 9,000 people on a ship which normally would carry just over 2,000, and that this was a significant contributory factor in the scale of the disaster; urges the Scottish Executive to make representations to Her Majesty’s Government to recognise formally the sacrifice made by both victims and survivors of the Lancastria by commissioning a special Lancastria medal, following the precedent set by the Dunkirk medal, to be awarded whether in vivo or posthumously to all of the victims of the disaster, and asserts that this would in some small way recognise what has become a forgotten sacrifice and would offer the relatives of victims the peace of mind that their loved ones had not died in vain and were being duly, if belatedly, remembered.

Supported by: Roseanna Cunningham*, Carolyn Leckie*, Campbell Martin*

*S2M-2791 Mr Ted Brocklebank: Jack Nicklaus - St Andrews Community Council Snub—That the Parliament condemns the decision by St Andrews Community Council to snub the legendary American golfer Jack Nicklaus by denying him the title of Honorary Citizen of the Royal Burgh of St Andrews; demands clarification as to how each member of the council voted in the ballot; recommends that a new ballot should be held in public to reconsider the original decision, and, if that decision is reversed, considers that an unequivocal apology should be sent to Mr Nicklaus before he comes to St Andrews for his last ever appearance in the Open in July.

*S2M-2790 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 18 May 2005

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Enterprise and Culture Committee Debate: 3rd Report 2005, Restructuring Scotland’s Tourism Industry: Report on the Review of Area Tourist Boards

followed by European and External Relations Committee Debate: 1st Report 2005, An Inquiry into the Promotion of Scotland Worldwide: The Strategy, Policy and Activities of the Scottish Executive

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 19 May 2005

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Ministerial Statement: Follow-up to the Audit Committee Report on Argyll and Clyde Health Board

9.45 am Executive Debate: Tackling Serious and Organised Crime - Developing Strategic Partnerships

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time—

Health and Community Care;

Environment and Rural Development

2.55 pm Executive Debate: Voluntary Sector and the Social Economy

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 25 May 2005

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Executive Business

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 26 May 2005

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish National Party Business

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time—

Enterprise, Lifelong Learning and Transport;

Justice and Law Officers

2.55 pm Stage 3 Proceedings: Prohibition of Female Genital Mutilation (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Supported by: Tavish Scott*

*S2M-2789 Patrick Harvie: HIV/AIDS and the G8 Summit—That the Parliament recognises that the G8 summit being held in Scotland later this year provides an unprecedented opportunity to raise political debate on the impact of HIV and AIDS; congratulates the UK Government for agreeing to the World Health Organisation’s "3 by 5" pledge, which aims to provide 3 million sufferers of the virus with antiretroviral medication by the end of 2005; recognises that a funding deficit of $2 billion has endangered the success of this programme, and urges Scottish ministers to work with their Westminster counterparts to ensure that HIV/AIDS issues are high on the agenda for the G8 in Scotland this July.

Supported by: Christine Grahame*

*S2M-2788# Rosie Kane: The Planning Process and the M74 Northern Extension—That the Parliament rejects any proposal by the Scottish Executive to restrict public input into the planning process; recognises that the planning process requires change but notes that any change should be in the interests of democracy and inclusion; believes that local knowledge is imperative when planning decisions are being made; notes the recommendation of the public inquiry reporter that the M74 project should not proceed, and thanks residents along the route and beyond for their continued interest and input on this issue.

Supported by: Frances Curran*, Tommy Sheridan*, Carolyn Leckie*

*S2M-2787 Rosie Kane: Removal of the Little Princess—That the Parliament is outraged by the removal of Jugder, Shinee, Evsanna and little Misheel Narantsogt from Liverpool to Mongolia on 5 May 2005; recalls that little Misheel and her family were held in Dungavel Detention Centre in Scotland and were eventually liberated and returned to Liverpool where, in a blaze of publicity, little Misheel was crowned princess of the Liverpool parade; fears that Jugder (Tso) Narantsogt’s life and the lives of his family are now in danger in Mongolia due to his political activities as founder of a branch of the Democratic Union Party; recognises that the Home Office had sufficient evidence, including a front page article from The Mongol News which detailed Jugder’s political background, to mark him out as an individual who is in danger of serious persecution; is gravely concerned for the safety and well-being of the Narantsogt family; questions the fact that such a decision could be made by the Home Office when the Westminster Parliament was dissolved, and therefore wonders who exactly has such powers during this period and how many other families were brutally removed under the cover of election day.

Supported by: Carolyn Leckie*, Campbell Martin*, Frances Curran*, Eleanor Scott*

*S2M-2786 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2005 be approved.

Supported by: Tavish Scott*

*S2M-2785# Carolyn Leckie: Birth Rate and Poverty—That the Parliament is extremely concerned that, according to Professor Michael Crawford, the incidence of low birth weight has increased since the 1970s and that in some areas of Glasgow the incidence is 14%; acknowledges that the single biggest risk factor for low birth weight is poverty; is appalled that, when government tells us that the economy is buoyant and the wealthy have more than doubled their wealth since 1997, the incidence of low birth weight in Scotland is at levels associated with the poorest countries of the world; condemns successive governments for failure to prevent this humanitarian catastrophe, and believes that the health consequences for future generations will be dire unless aggressive action is taken to redistribute wealth and eradicate poverty.

Supported by: Eleanor Scott*, Rosie Kane*, Frances Curran*, Campbell Martin*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Colin Fox*

*S2M-2784# Carolyn Leckie: Stop Violence Against Women—That the Parliament is concerned about the recent violent deaths of women in the context of very low conviction rates for violence against women, in particular sexual violence, and extends its concern and condolences to all the friends and families of these young women so brutally taken from the world; regrets that there remain too many outstanding, unsolved cases of murder of women; believes that reporting of these crimes stigmatises the female victims by headlines such as "prostitute murdered", and further believes that all of these women are first and foremost women, daughters, mothers, sisters, partners and friends and that the focus of blame should rest on the perpetrators not the victims and that much more effort needs to be made to identify the perpetrators of these crimes and end the unacceptable level of gender-based violence in society.

Supported by: Frances Curran*, Campbell Martin*, Rosie Kane*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Christine Grahame*

*S2M-2783 Chris Ballance: Leak of Plutonium and Uranium—That the Parliament notes with concern the leak of some 20 tonnes of uranium and plutonium fuel at the Thorp reprocessing plant at Sellafield, including, reportedly, enough plutonium to make 20 nuclear weapons; notes that the stoppage puts Thorp even further behind its promise to have 7,000 metric tons of spent fuel processed by 31 March 2004; notes that the consequent indefinite closure of the plant will cost the taxpayer over £1 million per day; further notes the statement from the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority that this could delay plans to tackle the problem of nuclear waste, and considers that this latest failure highlights the financial and strategic irresponsibility of Whitehall plans to embark on a new generation of nuclear plant with complete disregard to cost, safety issues, environmental risk or public concerns.

Supported by: Christine Grahame*

*S2M-2782 Christine Grahame: Monaghan Mushrooms—That the Parliament notes with concern that, after one year, the Scottish Executive’s Environment and Rural Affairs Department has failed to conclude its investigation into the employment of immigrant workers at Monaghan Mushrooms at Fenton Barns in East Lothian and has apparently not yet determined which agencies are employing the immigrant workers; further notes that Donegal Creameries plc, associate company of Monaghan Mushrooms, owning 23% of its shares, has asked the Irish stock exchange to temporarily suspend its shares due to "financial irregularities", and calls on the Executive to resolve the issues raised on behalf of both local and immigrant workers at Monaghan Mushrooms as a matter of urgency.

Supported by: Mr Bruce McFee*, Ms Sandra White*, Rob Gibson*, Brian Adam*

*S2M-2781 Mr Brian Monteith: The Horse Passports (Scotland) Regulations 2005—That the Environment and Rural Development Committee recommends that nothing further be done under the Horse Passports (Scotland) Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/223).

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S2M-2780 Bicycle Helmets (lodged on 9 May 2005) Donald Gorrie*

S2M-2778 Aberdeen University Word Festival (lodged on 9 May 2005) Jim Mather*, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton*, Mrs Nanette Milne*, Eleanor Scott*, Fiona Hyslop*, Christine Grahame*

S2M-2777 Battle of the Atlantic (lodged on 9 May 2005) Mr Andrew Welsh*, Brian Adam*, Mr Kenny MacAskill*, Richard Lochhead*, Alex Neil*, Mr Stewart Maxwell*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Colin Fox*, Christine Grahame*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Donald Gorrie*

S2M-2770# Proposed Closure of Rural and Special Needs Schools in Aberdeenshire (lodged on 6 May 2005) Mr Adam Ingram*, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton*, Michael Matheson*, Fiona Hyslop*, Mr Brian Monteith*

S2M-2769 National Breastfeeding Awareness Week 2005 (lodged on 5 May 2005) Mr Adam Ingram*, Richard Lochhead*, Carolyn Leckie*, Mrs Mary Mulligan*, Karen Gillon*, Karen Whitefield*, Donald Gorrie*

S2M-2768# Royal College of Nursing’s "Wipe it Out" Campaign (lodged on 5 May 2005) Mrs Nanette Milne*, Mr Adam Ingram*, Robert Brown*, Carolyn Leckie*, Donald Gorrie*

S2M-2767 Falkirk Council’s Scroll Awards (lodged on 5 May 2005) Michael Matheson*, Donald Gorrie*

S2M-2766 Animal Testing by Inveresk Research (lodged on 5 May 2005) Frances Curran*, Carolyn Leckie*

S2M-2763 60th Anniversary of Victory in Europe (lodged on 4 May 2005) Donald Gorrie*

S2M-2761# Scotland’s Energy Future (lodged on 4 May 2005) Mr Andrew Welsh*, Mr Adam Ingram*

S2M-2758# A 21st Century Bridge for 21st Century Fife (lodged on 3 May 2005) Margaret Jamieson*, Janis Hughes*, Murdo Fraser*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Karen Gillon*, Mr Brian Monteith*

S2M-2756 Life Expectancy Gap for Glasgow Remains the Same After 100 Years of Labour Rule (lodged on 3 May 2005) Mr Adam Ingram*

S2M-2755# Investigation into Gulf War Syndrome (lodged on 3 May 2005) Mr Adam Ingram*, Carolyn Leckie*

S2M-2754 Exclusion of Communities from the Planning Process (lodged on 3 May 2005) Frances Curran*

S2M-2753 Support for Publicly-Appointed Ferry Service Users’ Representation (lodged on 3 May 2005) Patrick Harvie*, Mr Adam Ingram*, Eleanor Scott*, Carolyn Leckie*

S2M-2752 Foster Care Fortnight, 9 to 22 May 2005 (lodged on 3 May 2005) Frances Curran*, Carolyn Leckie*

S2M-2751 International Nurses’ Day 2005: Patient Safety and Targeting Counterfeit and Substandard Medicines (lodged on 3 May 2005) Mr Adam Ingram*, Dennis Canavan*

S2M-2746 International Nurses’ Day (lodged on 29 April 2005) Karen Gillon*, Susan Deacon*, Dennis Canavan*

S2M-2745 Careers Scotland Dispute (lodged on 29 April 2005) Dennis Canavan*

S2M-2738# International Workers’ Memorial Day (lodged on 27 April 2005) Dennis Canavan*, Karen Gillon*

S2M-2732# Europe Day - 9 May 2005 (lodged on 26 April 2005) Karen Gillon*, Mrs Mary Mulligan*

S2M-2724 The Cost of Doing Nothing (lodged on 21 April 2005) Dennis Canavan*

S2M-2714 World Lupus Day 2005 (lodged on 19 April 2005) Lord James Douglas-Hamilton*, Richard Lochhead*

S2M-2712# Autistic Spectrum Disorder (lodged on 19 April 2005) Robert Brown*, Mary Scanlon*

S2M-2702 Bank of Scotland Midnightleague (lodged on 14 April 2005) Dennis Canavan*

S2M-2699 Homeless World Cup (lodged on 14 April 2005) Dennis Canavan*



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