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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-2973 Donald Gorrie: Statues of Justice and Mercy—That the Parliament strongly dissents from the decision to refuse to site in Holyrood the two statues, titled Justice and Mercy, from the former Scottish Parliament building and urges the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body, which apparently was not consulted about the decision, to assert its authority and agree to house the statues appropriately in Holyrood.

* S2M-2972 Patrick Harvie: Violation of Human Rights Prevented in China—That the Parliament congratulates the Council of Grand Justices in China for its recent decision to freeze a new ID card law requiring fingerprinting because it might constitute a violation of human rights and calls on the UK Government to reconsider its position on identity cards.

Supported by: Mark Ballard*, Rob Gibson*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*

* S2M-2971 Mr Adam Ingram: Tartan Army Supporting the Children of Belarus—That the Parliament congratulates the Tartan Army on its generosity in supporting child cancer victims of the Chernobyl disaster on the occasion of Scotland’s recent World Cup tie against Belarus; notes that an appeal by the Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline charity to the 1,500 travelling fans produced a response on a scale never before seen by the Children’s Cancer Hospital in Minsk, providing every child in the hospital with gifts of toiletries, toys, drawing books, jotters and pencils and sweets with much stock for future use; thanks the fans, especially those who participated in an organised visit to the hospital, for being such outstanding ambassadors for their country, drawing widespread praise from the Belarussian media; regrets the lack of coverage in the Scottish media for the goodwill and charitable endeavours of the Tartan Army, and condemns those sections of the media that seek to belittle or scorn its friendly participation on the international stage.

* S2M-2970 Rosie Kane: The President of the United States of America’s Gas Bill—That the Parliament is sceptical that any potential terror attack can be averted by the production of utility bills, which all visitors must present before they will be allowed near the Parliament building at the time of the G8 visit to Scotland; believes that this is an intimidating practice which serves no useful purpose, and demands that George W Bush should produce the bills that the United States of America (USA) sent to Saddam Hussein for the purchase of gas bought from the USA by the Iraqi regime and which was subsequently used in the slaughter of Kurdish people in Northern Iraq.

Supported by: Frances Curran*, Carolyn Leckie*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*

* S2M-2969 Patrick Harvie: Falling Public Support for ID Cards—That the Parliament welcomes the fact that public support for identity cards is falling, as a recent poll by ICM showed that 43% of the population now consider ID cards to be a bad, or very bad, idea; reiterates that a majority of MSPs backed parliamentary motion S2M-2463, which stated that proposals for an identity card and database scheme are flawed on political, technical and financial grounds, that the scheme offers an ineffective response to problems of security and fraud and poses an unacceptable threat to civil liberties; further notes its concern that individuals could pay up to £300 for an ID card; believes that the cost of an ID card amounts to little more than a new poll tax for the people of Scotland, and calls on the UK Government to drop the current proposals for ID cards and a national identity database.

Supported by: Mr Bruce McFee*, Ms Sandra White*, Mark Ballard*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*

* S2M-2968 Chris Ballance: Green Transport Week and Bike Week, 11 to 19 June 2005—That the Parliament supports the aims of Green Transport Week which are “to raise awareness of the impact of excessive car use and help individuals and organisations to make positive changes in their travel habits”; further supports Bike Week and commends the dedication of participants, many voluntary, contributing to over 160 events taking place across Scotland throughout the week; notes that Scotland has had a strong cycling heritage throughout the industrial age and supports a return to widespread cycle use for transport as well as for leisure; notes that, currently, around 2% of journeys are made by bike in Scotland, compared with over 20% in other European countries; further notes that, even though there was a 24% reduction in road deaths in Scotland between 2003 and 2004, there were still an unacceptable 307 deaths in 2004; congratulates local authorities and police on achieving the target of a 50% reduction of the 1994 to 1998 average level in the number of children killed or seriously injured; notes, however, that this figure still represents more than one child being seriously injured or killed on our roads every single day of the year, and calls on the Scottish Executive to continue to promote and support measures to limit excessive car use, including considering imposing interim targets towards its stated goal of a stabilisation of road traffic levels at 2001 levels by 2021.

* S2M-2967# Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: Supporting School Science—That the Parliament notes with concern the comments of Scotland’s only living Nobel Prize winner, Sir James Black, reported in The Scotsman on 14 March 2005, regarding the need to attract more people to study science; further notes the findings of the Save British Science Society survey on Scottish secondary school science which found that more than half of Scotland’s schools are cancelling practical lessons in science subjects; notes that funding schools directly from the centre would reduce bureaucracy and free up funds for schools to use for investing in subjects in high demand; supports the aims of the Institute for Science Education in Scotland, a network of scientists working with science teachers to support excellence in science teaching throughout Scotland with the aim of reversing the decline in the popularity of science at schools, colleges and universities, and considers that the Scottish Executive should support and encourage further collaboration with, and sponsorship from, research institutes and the science industry sector to maximise the incentives for young people to study science and to secure the future of science in Scotland.

* S2M-2966# Maureen Macmillan: Arjo Wiggins’ Corpach Paper Mill—That the Parliament notes with grave concern the announcement of the 90-day consultation period on the future of the Arjo Wiggins’ Corpach paper mill; believes that management should do all that it can to diversify into another paper product; further believes that it is essential to keep this industrial capacity in Lochaber, both in terms of the site and the skilled and hard-working workforce, and considers that the Scottish Executive should do all it can to attract another operator for the mill should Arjo Wiggins cease production.

* S2M-2965.1 Mike Pringle: Fantastic It’s Not Plastic—As an amendment to motion (S2M-2965) in the name of Shiona Baird, insert at end “notes Aberdeen City Council’s support for a levy on plastic bags to encourage the reuse of bags and reduce waste; recognises the huge success of the scheme in Ireland in reducing plastic bag consumption by 90%, and supports Mike Pringle MSP’s Member’s Bill proposal to implement such a levy.”

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S2M-2965 Fantastic It’s Not Plastic (lodged on 14 June 2005) Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Richard Lochhead*, Mr Bruce McFee*, Bruce Crawford*, Rob Gibson*, Christine Grahame*, Patrick Harvie*, Mr Mark Ruskell*, Eleanor Scott*, Frances Curran*, Robin Harper*, Dr Jean Turner*, Mr Jamie Stone*, Mark Ballard*, Nora Radcliffe*

S2M-2964 Inside Deep Throat (lodged on 14 June 2005) Cathy Peattie*, Ms Sandra White*, Rosie Kane*, Brian Adam*, Mark Ballard*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*

S2M-2963 Keep Coca-Cola out of LIVE 8 (lodged on 14 June 2005) Tommy Sheridan*, Carolyn Leckie*

S2M-2960 Commemoration of Spanish Civil War Veteran, George Dickie (lodged on 13 June 2005) Ms Sandra White*, Dr Jean Turner*, Shiona Baird*

S2M-2957 Oldmachar Academy, Bridge of Don, Aberdeen (lodged on 13 June 2005) Rosie Kane*, Richard Lochhead*, Mr Adam Ingram*, Ms Sandra White*, Nora Radcliffe*, Alex Johnstone*

S2M-2956 Diabetes Week, 12 to 18 June 2005 (lodged on 13 June 2005) Frances Curran*, John Scott*, Eleanor Scott*, Robert Brown*, Rosie Kane*, Mr John Swinney*, Alex Johnstone*, Dr Jean Turner*, Shiona Baird*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Margaret Mitchell*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Bill Aitken*, Elaine Smith*, Alex Fergusson*, Phil Gallie*, Brian Adam*, Stewart Stevenson*, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton*, Murdo Fraser*, Murray Tosh*, Mr Ted Brocklebank*, Carolyn Leckie*

S2M-2954 World Blood Donor Day, 14 June 2005 (lodged on 13 June 2005) Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Pauline McNeill*, Dr Jean Turner*, Bill Aitken*, Murray Tosh*, Bruce Crawford*

S2M-2951# W8 Summit (lodged on 10 June 2005) Richard Lochhead*, Elaine Smith*, Alex Neil*

S2M-2949 The Big Ask for Scotland (lodged on 10 June 2005) Dr Jean Turner*

S2M-2945 Traffic and Travel Information in South-West Scotland (lodged on 9 June 2005) Dr Jean Turner*, Mr Adam Ingram*

S2M-2944 Diplomatic Snub to Norway (lodged on 9 June 2005) Richard Lochhead*, Mr Adam Ingram*

S2M-2938 Parliament Welcomes Jobs Fair in Glasgow (lodged on 8 June 2005) Karen Gillon*

S2M-2937# Fair Deal for Freelances (lodged on 8 June 2005) Nora Radcliffe*

S2M-2935 National Youth Parliament Competition (lodged on 8 June 2005) Richard Lochhead*, Dr Jean Turner*, Nora Radcliffe*, Mr Adam Ingram*

S2M-2934 Raw Sewage Discharges (lodged on 8 June 2005) Dr Jean Turner*

S2M-2932 Black Sun Over Genoa (lodged on 8 June 2005) Dr Jean Turner*

S2M-2926 Sense Over Sectarianism (lodged on 7 June 2005) Dennis Canavan*, Dr Jean Turner*, Karen Gillon*, Nora Radcliffe*, Cathy Peattie*

S2M-2914 Assynt Foundation (lodged on 3 June 2005) Linda Fabiani*

S2M-2912 British Heart Foundation Scotland’s Help a Heart Week: 4 to 12 June 2005 (lodged on 3 June 2005) Richard Lochhead*, Dennis Canavan*, Dr Jean Turner*, Nicola Sturgeon*

S2M-2899# Refugee Week (lodged on 1 June 2005) Linda Fabiani*

S2M-2898 Independent Supermarket Regulator (lodged on 1 June 2005) Linda Fabiani*

S2M-2887 Arrest of Paul Foreman in Sudan (lodged on 31 May 2005) Richard Lochhead*

S2M-2870 Low Pay Continues to Blight Scotland (lodged on 25 May 2005) Dr Jean Turner*

S2M-2869# Learning Disability Week, 19 to 26 June 2005 (lodged on 25 May 2005) Miss Annabel Goldie*, Nora Radcliffe*, Mr Bruce McFee*

S2M-2860 2011 Census - Additional Question on Closure of Records (lodged on 24 May 2005) Dr Jean Turner*

S2M-2856 World No Tobacco Day (lodged on 23 May 2005) Dr Jean Turner*

S2M-2851 Store Wars (lodged on 20 May 2005) Dr Jean Turner*

S2M-2847.1 Developing Marine Energy Technology (lodged on 20 May 2005) Dr Jean Turner*

S2M-2837 Inquiry into Climate Change (lodged on 19 May 2005) Dr Jean Turner*

S2M-2833# Closure of Clydesdale Bank Branches (lodged on 18 May 2005) Dr Jean Turner*, Nicola Sturgeon*

S2M-2832# Welfare and Education at Dungavel (lodged on 18 May 2005) Dr Jean Turner*

S2M-2823# Dungavel’s Children (lodged on 17 May 2005) Dr Jean Turner*

S2M-2821 Identity Cards Bill (lodged on 17 May 2005) Dr Jean Turner*

S2M-2813 Christian Aid Week - 15 to 21 May 2005 (lodged on 16 May 2005) Dr Jean Turner*

S2M-2811# Restriction of Primary School Intakes in Edinburgh (lodged on 13 May 2005) Miss Annabel Goldie*

S2M-2807 Buy Your Own White Stick! (lodged on 12 May 2005) Dr Jean Turner*

S2M-2725 Glasgow to Host the 2007 UEFA Cup Final (lodged on 21 April 2005) Dr Jean Turner*

S2M-2680 Congratulations to Govan Law Centre (lodged on 7 April 2005) Marlyn Glen*

S2M-2648# Tackling Antisocial Behaviour in Grampian (lodged on 23 March 2005) Marlyn Glen*