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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-3102 Linda Fabiani: Human Rights in Western Sahara—That the Parliament notes with concern recent reports of demonstrations and arrests in the occupied territory of the Western Sahara, while noting with particular concern credible reports of disappearances and torture of Saharawi students, activists and human rights workers by Moroccan security forces; condemns these actions by Morocco and calls on the Scottish Executive to do likewise; calls on MINURSO to investigate and report on the recent turmoil and to reinvigorate efforts to find a solution to the Western Sahara dispute, and further calls on Her Majesty’s Government, under the United Kingdom’s responsibility as a permanent member of the UN Security Council, to propose at the UN Security Council a deadline for Morocco to accept the Baker Plan, which was fully endorsed by the Security Council in 2003 under resolution 1495 (2003) and has since been rejected by Morocco.

* S2M-3101 Jackie Baillie: Way Out West—That the Parliament applauds the achievement of young people from West Dunbartonshire’s high schools who participated in song writing workshops resulting in the production of “Way out West”; notes that funding for the project came from a number of agencies including West Dunbartonshire Community Safety Partnership as part of the Local Action Fund; believes that, given the necessary resources, the energies of young people can be positively directed and enhance their local communities, and supports continued investment in youth services and programmes provided by the Scottish Executive in such forms as local action funds.

* S2M-3100 Christine Grahame: The Red Cross in Scotland—That the Parliament recognises the sterling contribution by the Red Cross acting under its seven founding principles of humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality, both abroad and here in Scotland where it provides services in key areas such as emergency response and assisting the vulnerable; notes that in 2004 and, in particular, on 11 May 2004 with the explosion at the plastics factory at Maryhill, Glasgow, its volunteers assisted at the site for 70 hours following the explosion with other agencies, dealing with very distressed people, comforting relatives and treating minor injuries; further notes that its medical loan service provided equipment such as wheelchairs and walking frames to some 6,500 people and that its transport and escort service made nearly 30,000 journeys in 2004; applauds its network of 4,500 volunteers Scotland-wide and its 350 staff, and, in these challenging times, is mindful that it is a member of the International Red Cross Movement and Red Crescent Movement in which all societies have equal status and share equal responsibilities and duties in helping each other worldwide.

* S2M-3099 Rosie Kane: Clean Up the Houses—That the Parliament offers its wholehearted support to up to 170 cleaners at the Houses of Parliament who, as members of the TGWU, have voted to strike for 24 hours on Wednesday 20 July 2005 in support of their demand for an hourly rate of £6.70, 20 days holiday plus eight public days per annum and a company pension; notes that these workers, employed by contractors, currently have no sick pay or pension and receive just 12 days holiday per year whilst workers employed directly by the Westminster Parliament enjoy better wages and conditions; condemns poverty pay in the supposed home of democracy and calls on the MPs and members of the House of Lords not to cross the first picket line in the history of the Westminster Parliament; notes that Scottish Parliament cleaning staff are also employed by private contractors and endure wages and conditions comparable with those of the striking House of Commons cleaners, and calls on the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body to end the use of outside contractors as employers of cleaning staff and to ensure that the wages of Scottish Parliament cleaners are immediately raised to at least the Scottish Low Pay Unit’s low pay threshold.

* S2M-3098 Scott Barrie: Congratulations to Scotland’s Cricket Team, Winners of the ICC Trophy—That the Parliament congratulates Scotland’s cricket team on its historic victory over Ireland in Dublin to win the ICC Trophy on 13 July 2005; hopes that Scotland’s outstanding success will encourage greater interest and participation in cricket, especially among young people, leading to even greater success for the national side in the future; notes that Scotland has already qualified for the Cricket World Cup which will be held in the West Indies in 2007 and that Scotland’s ICC Trophy victory places the team in the same group as the Netherlands, South Africa and Australia; wishes Scotland every success in the World Cup, and looks forward to welcoming Australia to Scotland for an international friendly match in Edinburgh this August.

Supported by: Mr Frank McAveety*, Dr Elaine Murray*, Mr Alasdair Morrison*, Michael McMahon*, Christine May*, Maureen Macmillan*, Helen Eadie*, Susan Deacon*

* S2M-3097 Mr Jamie McGrigor: Scotland - ICC Trophy Winners—That the Parliament congratulates the Scottish cricket team on winning the ICC Trophy by beating Ireland in devastating style in the final in Dublin; further congratulates Scotland on qualifying for the 2007 ICC Cricket World Cup in the West Indies and calls on the Scottish Executive, via sportscotland, to ensure that Cricket Scotland is supported in its preparations for the competition; wishes Scotland every success in beating Australia in their one day international in Edinburgh on 18 August 2005, and looks forward to the possibility of more one day internationals against top-ranked countries such as England.

Supported by: Mr Jamie Stone*, Mike Pringle*, David McLetchie*, Richard Lochhead*, Mr Mark Ruskell*, Margaret Mitchell*, Murdo Fraser*, Phil Gallie*, Alex Johnstone*, Mr Ted Brocklebank*, Mr Brian Monteith*, Murray Tosh*, Mr Andrew Arbuckle*, Nora Radcliffe*

* S2M-3096 Donald Gorrie: Special Olympics—That the Parliament congratulates all those involved in the very successful Special Olympics event recently held in Glasgow: competitors, officials, coaches, support staff and the many hundreds of volunteers, all of whom contributed to the efficient running and excellent atmosphere of this all-UK, multi-sport event.

* S2M-3095 Sarah Boyack: Homeless World Cup—That the Parliament welcomes the Homeless World Cup to Edinburgh to be held from 20 to 24 July 2005 in Princes Street Gardens; congratulates the organisers and sponsors, including EventScotland, sportscotland, the Scottish Executive, the City of Edinburgh Council and the Bank of Scotland, for helping to increase the profile of homelessness issues through the street-soccer event; welcomes efforts by both the Executive and local authorities across the country in tackling the problem of homelessness including its underlying causes; calls for continued action to ensure sufficient provision of affordable and appropriate housing for individuals and families alike, and wishes all the teams, especially Scotland, the best of luck in the tournament.

Supported by: Donald Gorrie*, Mr Mark Ruskell*, Dr Elaine Murray*, Ms Sandra White*, Michael McMahon*, Maureen Macmillan*, Richard Lochhead*, Patrick Harvie*, Marlyn Glen*, Margaret Smith*, Murray Tosh*, Mike Pringle*, Mr Alasdair Morrison*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Mr Brian Monteith*, Susan Deacon*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Robin Harper*, Helen Eadie*, Nora Radcliffe*, Mr Jim Wallace*, Mr Jamie Stone*

* S2M-3094 Murdo Fraser: G8 Summit Policing—That the Parliament congratulates Tayside Police for effectively co-ordinating the policing of the G8 summit; believes that the police effort was hugely successful and thanks all police units from Scotland, England and Wales that were involved in the task of protecting the G8 leaders, other world leaders and residents and businesses in Scotland while allowing people the right to protest and the freedom of speech; believes that police officers responded to any trouble in a proportionate manner; notes that the police conducted themselves in an approachable, fair and friendly manner throughout the G8 summit, and believes that our police forces once again showed the world that they are the best police forces anywhere.

Supported by: Phil Gallie*, Murray Tosh*, David McLetchie*, Des McNulty*, Margaret Mitchell*, Mr Jamie McGrigor*, Derek Brownlee*, Mr Jamie Stone*, Mr Andrew Arbuckle*, Mr Brian Monteith*

* S2M-3093 Mr Mark Ruskell: Climate Change and the House of Lords—That the Parliament notes the publication by the House of Lords Economics Affairs Committee of its latest report, The Economics of Climate Change; condemns the conclusions and recommendations of the report as a massive step backwards in the debate on climate change; believes that any economic costs of mitigating climate change will be far outweighed by the costs of inaction and that economies worldwide will be devastated by the effects of climate change unless it is tackled immediately; acknowledges that the key to successful action on climate change must be based around drastic emissions reductions; reaffirms that much-improved energy efficiency and increased use of renewable energy sources will be vital in securing a sustainable energy future, and urges all governments to heed the recent statement of the national science academies of the G8 nations and Brazil, China and India and show leadership in taking prompt action to reduce the causes of climate change.

* S2M-3092 Christine Grahame: Transparency and Accountability—That the Parliament notes the increased trend in written answers provided by ministers of giving reference to a Scottish Parliament Information Centre bibliography number without an electronic link; considers that this practice debars members of the public from easy access to such answers, and calls on the Scottish Executive to ensure that answers either have an electronic link or, if this is not available, are printed in full in the Written Answers Report.

Supported by: Phil Gallie*, Mr Adam Ingram*, Jim Mather*, Richard Lochhead*, Campbell Martin*, Alex Neil*, Mr Brian Monteith*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Robin Harper*

* S2M-3091 Mr Jack McConnell: Terrorist Attacks on London—That the Parliament condemns the atrocities that have taken place in London; views the attack as one on the whole of the United Kingdom; extends its sincerest condolences to all those who have been bereaved as well as its deepest sympathy to all those who have been injured or maimed, and commends all emergency workers who have carried out, and are continuing to carry out, such excellent work in tragic and trying circumstances.

Supported by: Nicol Stephen*, Nicola Sturgeon*, David McLetchie*

* S2M-3090 Mr David Davidson: North of Scotland Eating Disorder Services—That the Parliament congratulates Dr Harry Miller of Aberdeen on his appointment as lead clinician for the Managed Clinical Network for Eating Disorders, set up by the North of Scotland NHS boards to make progress on dedicated in-patient facilities for eating disorder treatment and to develop localised assessment and diagnostic services along with post-discharge community support systems; applauds the North East Eating Disorder Support Group (NEEDS), chaired by Grainne Smith, for its successful campaign to have such a service created, and calls on the Scottish Executive to support the development of similar services throughout Scotland.

Supported by: Christine Grahame*

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S2M-3089 20th Anniversary of the Sinking of the Rainbow Warrior (lodged on 8 July 2005) Christine Grahame*, Mark Ballard*, Patrick Harvie*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Mr Mark Ruskell*, Eleanor Scott*, Rosie Kane*

S2M-3088 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (lodged on 6 July 2005) Ms Sandra White*, Christine Grahame*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Mr Adam Ingram*

S2M-3087 Well Done to London (lodged on 6 July 2005) Mr Brian Monteith*, Donald Gorrie*

S2M-3084 Peaceful Protest (lodged on 5 July 2005) Ms Sandra White*, Mr Adam Ingram*, Michael Matheson*, Patrick Harvie*, Donald Gorrie*

S2M-3083 #Work Permit for Jason Scotland (lodged on 1 July 2005) Mr Adam Ingram*, Michael Matheson*, Donald Gorrie*

S2M-3082 End Pregnancy Discrimination (lodged on 1 July 2005) Mr Adam Ingram*, Michael Matheson*, Donald Gorrie*

S2M-3081 Co-operation Between the Faroe Islands and Scotland (lodged on 1 July 2005) Mr Adam Ingram*, Michael Matheson*, Donald Gorrie*

S2M-3080 #Future of the Paper Manufacturing Industry in Scotland (lodged on 1 July 2005) Jim Mather*, Mr Adam Ingram*, Michael Matheson*

S2M-3079 Hepatitis C (lodged on 1 July 2005) Michael Matheson*

S2M-3077 Congratulations to West Lothian Council (lodged on 30 June 2005) Scott Barrie*, Donald Gorrie*

S2M-3076 Award for Forth Park Midwife-led Unit (lodged on 30 June 2005) Scott Barrie*, Mr Adam Ingram*, Donald Gorrie*

S2M-3075 G8: The Road to the Summit (lodged on 30 June 2005) Donald Gorrie*

S2M-3074 #Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse (lodged on 30 June 2005) Scott Barrie*, Mr Adam Ingram*, Michael Matheson*, Donald Gorrie*

S2M-3073 #Met Office Aberdeen (lodged on 30 June 2005) John Swinburne*, Ms Sandra White*, Des McNulty*, Chris Ballance*, Mr Adam Ingram*, Patrick Harvie*, Donald Gorrie*, Mr Jim Wallace*

S2M-3071 #Marine Energy Production in Scotland (lodged on 30 June 2005) Chris Ballance*, Donald Gorrie*

S2M-3069 ICC Trophy (lodged on 29 June 2005) Donald Gorrie*

S2M-3061 Napalm and Iraq (lodged on 29 June 2005) Mr Adam Ingram*, Donald Gorrie*

S2M-3046 The Big Recycle and Zero Waste (lodged on 28 June 2005) Patrick Harvie*

S2M-3045 Help Scotland Make Poverty History (lodged on 28 June 2005) Mr Adam Ingram*

S2M-3044 Build A Bridge (lodged on 28 June 2005) Mr Adam Ingram*, Donald Gorrie*

S2M-3043 Hot Air at Holyrood (lodged on 28 June 2005) Mr Adam Ingram*

S2M-3040 Dundee University and African Development (lodged on 27 June 2005) Mr Adam Ingram*

S2M-3038 Zimbabwe (lodged on 27 June 2005) Mr Adam Ingram*

S2M-3036 Sir William Wallace (lodged on 27 June 2005) Mr Adam Ingram*

S2M-3035 Andrew Murray (lodged on 27 June 2005) Mr Adam Ingram*

S2M-3023 Obesity and Diabetes (lodged on 23 June 2005) Alex Neil*, Margo MacDonald*, Stewart Stevenson*, Mrs Margaret Ewing*, Derek Brownlee*

S2M-2845 Wave Energy (lodged on 19 May 2005) Robin Harper*

S2M-2820 Inveresk Laboratories (lodged on 17 May 2005) Margo MacDonald*