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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-2811# David McLetchie:Restriction of Primary School Intakes in Edinburgh—That the Parliament deplores the decision of the Labour administration of the City of Edinburgh Council to use the provisions of section 44(4) of the Standards in Scotland’s Schools etc. (Scotland) Act 2000 to limit primary one intakes in six schools in Edinburgh, namely Murrayburn, Trinity, Hermitage Park, the Royal High, Preston Street and St. Mary’s Leith, to allow the local authority to reduce teacher numbers and costs in future years; notes that this was not the stated intention of the Scottish Executive when the Bill was considered by the Education, Culture and Sport Committee, at which time the Minister indicated that the measure was intended to allow local authorities to maintain statutory class-size limits and avoid increases in the number of teachers or classes in future years; condemns the council’s introduction of this measure without consultation with parents, and notes that it will lead to an increase in the number of composite classes and an unnecessary restriction on parental choice.

* S2M-2810 Carolyn Leckie:Solidarity with the NUJ and BECTU—That the Parliament recognises the magnitude of the anger demonstrated by the recent NUJ and BECTU industrial action ballot results; applauds the solidarity expressed by their membership but deplores the actions of BBC management that have led to the imminent dispute, and believes that the BBC should take urgent action to begin meaningful negotiations and reach agreement with the trade unions to secure employment and quality public service broadcasting.

* S2M-2809 Brian Adam:Aberdeen Airport Noise Mitigation—That the Parliament calls on BAA, in light of Aberdeen City Council’s decision to allow the 24-hour opening of Aberdeen Airport, to investigate the possibility of upgrading soundproofing and other noise mitigation devices to both council and privately-owned homes under the flight path and to consult the UK Noise Association in a review of the noise monitoring measures to reflect more accurately the real disturbances experienced by those living under the flight path.

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.

Supported by: Cathy Peattie*, Campbell Martin*, Jim Mather*

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, Robin Harper*

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, Robin Harper*, Frances Curran*, Mr Frank McAveety*

S2M-2802 # Alex Fergusson:ME Awareness Week—That the Parliament recognises ME Awareness Week and acknowledges the recent announcement by the Scottish Executive that it will carry out a strategic needs assessment programme for ME sufferers in Scotland; further believes that a national approach is required for the treatment of sufferers of this disease and that a centre of excellence would be essential in order to best utilise professional expertise in the field, and believes that more balanced research is necessary to explore the neurological aspects of ME rather than the psychological ones which have already been explored in depth with no positive outcome.

Supported by: Iain Smith, Mr Brian Monteith, Mr David Davidson

S2M-2801 Robert Brown:Right to Buy—That the Parliament notes the need for provision for pressured area status in respect of right to buy under the Housing (Scotland) Act 2001; notes, however, the lack of take-up of the status by local authorities and the extent of the requirements made of local authorities by the Scottish Executive on the matter; believes that a balanced use of right to buy requires an effective pressured area status, and takes the view that the Executive should simplify the criteria required to obtain pressured area status.

Supported by: Mr Andrew Arbuckle, Iain Smith, Bruce Crawford, Mr Jamie Stone, Mr Frank McAveety*

S2M-2800 Jackie Baillie:Credit Union Funding—That the Parliament welcomes the recent European Commission ruling that will effectively remove the cap on government funding for credit unions, currently set at £68,000 over three years; notes that credit unions are eligible to apply for Service of the General Economic Interest status, allowing for government funding to provide simple financial products targeted at the financially excluded; welcomes the considerable efforts by the Scottish Executive to obtain this outcome, and acknowledges that, in the context of one in 10 Scottish households lacking basic financial products and the problems of over-indebtedness, credit unions have a critically important role to play in our communities.

Supported by: Helen Eadie*, Elaine Smith*, Mr Kenneth Macintosh*, Mr Alasdair Morrison*, Margaret Jamieson*, Scott Barrie*, Marlyn Glen*, Mr Kenny MacAskill*, Murray Tosh*, Brian Adam*, Mike Pringle*, Michael McMahon*, Rob Gibson*, Ms Wendy Alexander*, Eleanor Scott*, Patrick Harvie*, Des McNulty*, Fergus Ewing*, Mark Ballard*, Sarah Boyack*, Bill Butler*, Mr Jamie Stone*, Trish Godman*

S2M-2799 Eleanor Scott:Congratulations to Scottish Natural Heritage for Gaelic Website—That the Parliament congratulates Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) on the production of its new Gaelic website and urges all other public bodies to follow SNH’s example and use the Gaelic language routinely in their communications and materials.

The member has provided the following Gaelic translation:

Gu bheil a’ Phàrlamaid a’ toirt meal-a-naidheachd do Dhualchas Nàdair na h-Alba ann a bhith a’ cruthachadh làrach-lìn ùr anns a’ Ghàidhlig agus gu bheil i a’ brosnachadh bhuidhnean poblach eile a bhith a’ leantail eiseimpleir SNH agus a’ cleachdadh na Gàidhlig gu cunbhalach anns na brathan naidheachd agus foillseachaidhean aca.

Supported by: 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, Stewart Stevenson*, Mr Alasdair Morrison*, Frances Curran*

S2M-2798 Colin Fox:Remembering Those Who Fought and Died in World War II—That the Parliament acknowledges the 60th anniversary of VE Day and pays tribute to those all over the world who fought against the evil of Nazism and fascism in World War II; recognises that, alongside the 57,000 Scots who gave their lives, many millions across the world also died in the conflict; believes that Scotland owes a huge debt to all those who fought on its behalf and that it is right to remember their sacrifice, and further believes that the best tribute that can be made in remembering them at this time is to build a peaceful world, one where the resources of the world are shared out equally between all the peoples of the world.

S2M-2797 Eleanor Scott:Reintroduction of the Beaver—That the Parliament commends Scottish Natural Heritage for its commitment to ecological restoration and, in line with the European Habitats Directive, the reintroduction of species that are locally extinct in Scotland; supports its proposal for a trial reintroduction of European beavers to Scotland, and urges the Scottish Executive to give permission for the trial to go ahead in time for release of beavers into the wild in the spring of 2006.

Supported by: 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, Robin Harper*

S2M-2796 Alex Neil on behalf of the Enterprise and Culture Committee:3rd Report 2005 (Session 2) of the Enterprise and Culture Committee, Report on Restructuring Scotland’s Tourism Industry—That the Parliament notes the recommendations contained in the Enterprise and Culture Committee’s 3rd Report 2005 (Session 2): Restructuring Scotland’s Tourism Industry: Report on the Review of Area Tourist Boards (SP Paper 305).

S2M-2795 # Mrs Nanette Milne:Dyce Transport Management Organisation—That the Parliament welcomes the formation of Dyce Transportation Management Organisation as a means of addressing traffic congestion and other transport problems in Dyce; notes that the first members of the new organisation include Aker Kvaerner, BP, Schlumberger, Dril-Quip and BAA Aberdeen Airport, and further notes that the aim of the organisation is to identify and implement measures such as car sharing, shuttle buses and car clubs in order to offer solutions to Dyce’s particular traffic problems.

Supported by: Mr Brian Monteith, Mr David Davidson

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, Fiona Hyslop, Rosie Kane, Stewart Stevenson, Mr Adam Ingram, Chris Ballance, Eleanor Scott, Dr Jean Turner, Alex Neil, Rob Gibson, Michael Matheson, Tommy Sheridan

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.

Supported by: Phil Gallie, Mrs Nanette Milne, Alex Johnstone, Tricia Marwick, Murdo Fraser, Bill Aitken, Mike Pringle, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Mr Brian Monteith, Mr David Davidson

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 considers that any proposal by the Scottish Executive to restrict public input into the planning process should be rejected; 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, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Tommy Sheridan, Dr Jean Turner

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, Tommy Sheridan

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, Chris Ballance, Colin Fox, Trish Godman, Elaine Smith, Tommy Sheridan, Dr Jean Turner, Shiona Baird*

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, Mark Ballard, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Roseanna Cunningham, Robin Harper, Rosie Kane, Mr Mark Ruskell, Eleanor Scott, Rob Gibson, Patrick Harvie, Tommy Sheridan, Shiona Baird, Frances Curran*, Carolyn Leckie*

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, Mrs Margaret Ewing

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).

S2M-2780 Irene Oldfather:Bicycle Helmets—That the Parliament notes that the majority of deaths in cycling accidents occur as a result of head injuries; is aware that the number of pedal cyclists admitted to hospital with head injuries as a result of being involved in a transport accident was 527 in the year ending March 2004; recognises that wearing a correctly fitted helmet has been shown to significantly reduce the risk of severe injury; notes the action that the Scottish Executive has taken to date by funding the Scottish Road Safety Campaign, which develops key road safety education initiatives and encourages the use of protective headgear through the Scottish Cycle Training Scheme, but recognises, nonetheless, that further action will be required to reduce the number of cyclist deaths related to head injuries.

Supported by: Donald Gorrie

S2M-2779 Brian Adam:Congratulations to Smithfield Primary School—That the Parliament congratulates Smithfield Primary School on its victory in the North-East Chess Championships and wishes the Aberdeen players all the best for next weekend’s Scottish Primary Chess Championship in Dunkeld.

Supported by: Bruce Crawford, Rosie Kane, Alex Johnstone, Mr David Davidson, Carolyn Leckie, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Richard Lochhead, Shiona Baird, Mrs Nanette Milne, Robin Harper*

S2M-2778 Richard Lochhead: Aberdeen University Word Festival—That the Parliament notes the commencement of the Word 2005 Festival at the University of Aberdeen; recognises the cultural significance of the festival which brings together annually a wide variety of Scottish writers, poets, academics and artists; congratulates the organisers for assembling an impressive programme and for promoting literature in all Scottish languages, and believes that the vibrant and diverse Scottish literary heritage should be supported whenever possible.

Supported by: Brian Adam, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Rob Gibson, Mark Ballard, Frances Curran, Jim Mather, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Mrs Nanette Milne, Eleanor Scott, Fiona Hyslop, Christine Grahame, Roseanna Cunningham, Robin Harper, Mr David Davidson, Dr Jean Turner, Shiona Baird*

S2M-2777 Campbell Martin: Battle of the Atlantic—That the Parliament recognises the courage of all who served with the Royal Navy and merchant fleet during the Battle of the Atlantic between September 1939 and May 1945; remembers that during the battle around 30,000 merchant seamen, 8,000 allied servicemen and 6,000 Coastal Command personnel were killed and that about 29,000 German submariners perished; considers that it is regrettable that no official service medal was struck to recognise the contribution of the personnel who took part in the battle; commends the government of Russia for awarding to British personnel the Commemorative Medal of Victory in the Great Patriotic War in recognition of the role played by the allied convoys in supplying food, fuel and equipment to the Soviet Union to allow the Soviet military to engage Nazi forces on the eastern front, and urges Her Majesty’s Government to set aside the five-year rule covering the striking of service medals and formally recognise the contribution of all British personnel who served in the Battle of the Atlantic by issuing an official service medal for the conflict.

Supported by: 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, Chris Ballance, Phil Gallie, Mr Mark Ruskell, Bill Aitken, Mr Brian Monteith

S2M-2776 Mr Tom McCabe:Licensing (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Licensing (Scotland) Bill.

Supported by: Tavish Scott

S2M-2775 Cathy Jamieson:Management of Offenders etc. (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Management of Offenders etc. (Scotland) Bill.

Supported by: Hugh Henry

S2M-2774 Ross Finnie:Environmental Assessment (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Environmental Assessment (Scotland) Bill.

Supported by: Lewis Macdonald

S2M-2773 Malcolm Chisholm:Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees that the Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Bill be passed.

Supported by: Johann Lamont

S2M-2772 Cathy Jamieson:Prohibition of Female Genital Mutilation (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees that the Prohibition of Female Genital Mutilation (Scotland) Bill be passed.

Supported by: Hugh Henry

S2M-2771 Cathy Jamieson:Protection of Children and Prevention of Sexual Offences (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees that the Protection of Children and Prevention of Sexual Offences (Scotland) Bill be passed.

Supported by: Hugh Henry

S2M-2502 # Nora Radcliffe:Trial Reintroduction of the European Beaver—That the Parliament notes Scottish Natural Heritage’s proposal for a trial reintroduction of the European beaver, a proposal which follows the successful reintroduction of the species in 24 other countries, and considers that the Scottish Executive should give serious consideration to issuing a licence for the trial so that it can be determined, in a controlled and properly monitored way, whether the benefits to the environment and tourism observed after previous reintroductions elsewhere can be replicated in a Scottish context without significant adverse effects on existing land uses.

Supported by: Eleanor Scott, Linda Fabiani, Cathy Peattie, Maureen Macmillan, Murray Tosh, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Margaret Smith, Mike Pringle, Mrs Nanette Milne, Trish Godman, Alasdair Morgan, Rob Gibson, Dr Elaine Murray, Ms Sandra White, Elaine Smith, Donald Gorrie, Mr Ted Brocklebank, Shiona Baird, Iain Smith, Mr Mark Ruskell, Carolyn Leckie, Frances Curran

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S2M-2770 #Proposed Closure of Rural and Special Needs Schools in Aberdeenshire (lodged on 6 May 2005) Shiona Baird*

S2M-2746 International Nurses’ Day (lodged on 29 April 2005) Irene Oldfather*

S2M-2742 M77 Extension (lodged on 28 April 2005) Irene Oldfather*

S2M-2741 #Merchant Ships, Maritime Skills and Shipyards (lodged on 28 April 2005) Mr Kenneth Macintosh*, Mr Duncan McNeil*

S2M-2738 #International Workers’ Memorial Day (lodged on 27 April 2005) Irene Oldfather*

S2M-2714 World Lupus Day 2005 (lodged on 19 April 2005) Irene Oldfather*