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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-2808 Brian Adam:NUJ Freelance Day of Action 7 June 2005—That the Parliament commends the NUJ for the proactive way it is promoting the work of its freelance members through a day of action on 7 June 2005 and recognises the importance of NUJ freelance contributors to a high quality, diverse and free press in Scotland.

* S2M-2807 John Swinburne:Buy Your Own White Stick!—That the Parliament notes with concern the report by the Royal National Institute for the Blind, Buy Your Own White Stick!, published in March 2005, which reveals that many of the 38,000 people in Scotland registered with social work services as blind or partially-blind are being denied basic equipment and essential aids to enable independent and safe living in and out of the home; further notes that such provision is inconsistent across Scotland and is rationed, poorly co-ordinated and subsidised by the voluntary sector, and therefore calls on the Scottish Executive to support the report’s recommendations to ensure the free supply of basic equipment which will reduce the risk of injury and enhance independent living for blind and partially-sighted people wherever they live in Scotland.

* S2M-2806 Mr John Swinney on behalf of the European and External Relations Committee:1st Report 2005 (Session 2) of the European and External Relations Committee, Report on an Inquiry into the Promotion of Scotland Worldwide: the Strategy, Policy and Activities of the Scottish Executive—That the Parliament notes the recommendations contained in the European and External Relations Committee’s 1st Report 2005 (Session 2) : An Inquiry into the Promotion of Scotland Worldwide: the Strategy, Policy and Activities of the Scottish Executive (SP Paper 297).

* S2M-2805 Brian Adam:Manor Avenue Pedestrian Crossing—That the Parliament condemns Aberdeen City Council’s decision not to construct a pedestrian crossing at the western end of Manor Avenue in Aberdeen and calls on the Liberal/Tory administration to rethink its decision and allow a crossing to be built at this accident black spot.

* S2M-2804 Mr Mark Ruskell:Ship-to-Ship Oil Transfer in the Firth of Forth—That the Parliament notes the application by Melbourne Marine Services to introduce ship-to-ship transfer of heavy crude oil at deep water anchorages in the Firth of Forth; acknowledges the devastating impact on the ecology and economy of the Forth Estuary that would occur in the event of a heavy oil spill; further notes the suspension of heavy oil transfers in 2004 at Lyme Bay in Dorset following concerns voiced by local authorities, and calls on the Forth Ports Authority and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency to heed the concerns of Fife Council and other bodies by rejecting the application for heavy oil transfer in the Firth of Forth.

Supported by: Carolyn Leckie*, Patrick Harvie*, Eleanor Scott*, Chris Ballance*, Frances Curran*, Mark Ballard*, Shiona Baird*, Rob Gibson*, Dr Jean Turner*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*

* S2M-2803 Mr Mark Ruskell:Co-Housing—That the Parliament welcomes the conference to be held at Glasgow Caledonian University, “ A Roadmap to Sustainable Co-Housing for Older People – planning the route” for bringing the notable work of co-housing projects to Scotland’s attention; acknowledges the increasing interest in co-housing amongst many Scottish communities, although there are currently no built projects in Scotland; applauds the work of the innovative pilot project, Vivarium, in Fife for its intention to create an affordable, self-managed co-housing project for older people; believes that co-housing projects have the potential to provide positive, co-operative and sustainable community-led housing environments that combine the autonomy of private dwellings with the advantages of community living; further notes that co-housing projects have been well-established, successful and popular in countries such as Denmark, Holland, Aotearoa/New Zealand and the United States of America for many years, and calls on the Scottish Executive to investigate the benefits of co-housing and how support for it can be integrated into wider housing policy.

Supported by: Chris Ballance*, Patrick Harvie*, Eleanor Scott*, Mark Ballard*, Shiona Baird*, Rob Gibson*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Nora Radcliffe*, Dr Jean Turner*

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S2M-2802 #ME Awareness Week (lodged on 11 May 2005) Iain Smith*, Mr Brian Monteith*, Mr David Davidson*

S2M-2801 Right to Buy (lodged on 11 May 2005) Mr Andrew Arbuckle*, Iain Smith*, Bruce Crawford*, Mr Jamie Stone*

S2M-2799 Congratulations to Scottish Natural Heritage for Gaelic Website (lodged on 11 May 2005) Mr Kenneth Macintosh*, Mr Mark Ruskell*, Dr Elaine Murray*, Mark Ballard*, Shiona Baird*, Rob Gibson*, Colin Fox*, Alex Neil*, Mike Pringle*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Roseanna Cunningham*

S2M-2797 Reintroduction of the Beaver (lodged on 11 May 2005) Mr Mark Ruskell*, Frances Curran*, Cathy Peattie*, Rosie Kane*, Patrick Harvie*, Ms Wendy Alexander*, Carolyn Leckie*, Mark Ballard*, Shiona Baird*, Rob Gibson*, Mike Pringle*, Nora Radcliffe*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*

S2M-2795 #Dyce Transport Management Organisation (lodged on 11 May 2005) Mr Brian Monteith*, Mr David Davidson*

S2M-2792 The Lancastria (lodged on 10 May 2005) Tommy Sheridan*

S2M-2791 Jack Nicklaus - St Andrews Community Council Snub (lodged on 10 May 2005) Mr David Davidson*

S2M-2787 Removal of the Little Princess (lodged on 10 May 2005) Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Tommy Sheridan*, Dr Jean Turner*

S2M-2785 #Birth Rate and Poverty (lodged on 10 May 2005) Tommy Sheridan*

S2M-2784 #Stop Violence Against Women (lodged on 10 May 2005) Elaine Smith*, Tommy Sheridan*, Dr Jean Turner*

S2M-2783 Leak of Plutonium and Uranium (lodged on 10 May 2005) Mark Ballard*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Robin Harper*, Rosie Kane*, Mr Mark Ruskell*, Eleanor Scott*, Rob Gibson*, Patrick Harvie*, Tommy Sheridan*, Shiona Baird*

S2M-2779 Congratulations to Smithfield Primary School (lodged on 9 May 2005) Bruce Crawford*, Rosie Kane*, Alex Johnstone*, Mr David Davidson*, Carolyn Leckie*, Mrs Margaret Ewing*, Richard Lochhead*, Shiona Baird*, Mrs Nanette Milne*

S2M-2778 Aberdeen University Word Festival (lodged on 9 May 2005) Mr David Davidson*, Dr Jean Turner*

S2M-2777 Battle of the Atlantic (lodged on 9 May 2005) Mr Brian Monteith*

S2M-2770 #Proposed Closure of Rural and Special Needs Schools in Aberdeenshire (lodged on 6 May 2005) Richard Baker*, Mr David Davidson*

S2M-2769 National Breastfeeding Awareness Week 2005 (lodged on 5 May 2005) Marilyn Livingstone*

S2M-2768 #Royal College of Nursing’s "Wipe it Out" Campaign (lodged on 5 May 2005) Margaret Mitchell*, Iain Smith*

S2M-2763 60th Anniversary of Victory in Europe (lodged on 4 May 2005) Fiona Hyslop*, Iain Smith*, Dr Jean Turner*

S2M-2755 #Investigation into Gulf War Syndrome (lodged on 3 May 2005) Dr Jean Turner*

S2M-2753 Support for Publicly-Appointed Ferry Service Users’ Representation (lodged on 3 May 2005) Dr Jean Turner*

S2M-2751 International Nurses’ Day 2005: Patient Safety and Targeting Counterfeit and Substandard Medicines (lodged on 3 May 2005) Mary Scanlon*

S2M-2746 International Nurses’ Day (lodged on 29 April 2005) Marilyn Livingstone*

S2M-2741 #Merchant Ships, Maritime Skills and Shipyards (lodged on 28 April 2005) Ms Wendy Alexander*, Margaret Jamieson*, Mr Bruce McFee*, Cathie Craigie*, Dr Jean Turner*

S2M-2738 #International Workers’ Memorial Day (lodged on 27 April 2005) Maureen Macmillan*, Marilyn Livingstone*, Dr Jean Turner*

S2M-2733 Congratulations to CRANES for NHS Grampian Fibre Optic Technology Boost (lodged on 26 April 2005) Dr Jean Turner*

S2M-2732 #Europe Day - 9 May 2005 (lodged on 26 April 2005) Maureen Macmillan*, Marilyn Livingstone*, Dr Jean Turner*

S2M-2727 Canadian Seal Cull: Inhumane and Unnecessary (lodged on 22 April 2005) Dr Jean Turner*

S2M-2709 Lothian and Borders Progress 2 Work Project (lodged on 15 April 2005) Dr Jean Turner*

S2M-2486 Support for Geography Teachers (lodged on 25 February 2005) John Scott*

S2M-2485 Human Cloning (lodged on 25 February 2005) John Scott*

S2M-2408 #Suicides by Older People in Scotland (lodged on 9 February 2005) Frances Curran*, Carolyn Leckie*