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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 eligible for consideration 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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-3278 Peter Peacock: Quality Teachers for the 21st Century—That the Parliament recognises the significant investments made by the Scottish Executive in developing the capabilities and professionalism of teachers in Scotland; notes the increase in teacher recruitment and the delivery of improved initial teacher education; welcomes the implementation of radically improved teacher induction arrangements; acknowledges the widening of opportunities and improved quality of Continuing Professional Development for teachers and the development of chartered teacher programmes; recognises the importance of teaching standards in delivering higher educational attainment, and welcomes the Executive’s commitment to secure quality teachers for the 21st century.

Supported by: Robert Brown*

*S2M-3277 Tommy Sheridan: Support for First Bus Strikers—That the Parliament notes the strike action taken by Transport and General Workers’ Union (TGWU) members employed by First Bus in the Lothians and central Scotland; believes that the bus drivers’ pay and conditions are amongst the lowest in the country; supports the men and women who have reluctantly taken strike action in pursuit of an £8 per hour wage rate and improved pay and conditions; hopes that negotiations between the company and TGWU can be successfully concluded ahead of the next planned stoppages on 24 and 25 September 2005, and believes that it is time that the rate for the job was standardised across the company’s operations in Scotland with improved conditions and a reduction in the average working week spent driving.

*S2M-3276 Tommy Sheridan: Support for North Action Group and the Retention of Full Maternity Services at Caithness General Hospital—That the Parliament congratulates the North Action Group for its persistent and untiring campaigning to retain full maternity and gynaecology cover in Wick, with 24/7 consultant cover; is concerned that the long-term future of these services has still not been secured; is further concerned that the impact of a loss of consultant services will lead to an unacceptable increase in the numbers of women unable to give birth near their homes and families and an increase in high-risk transfers of mums and babies and that the issue of travelling time and its consequences for outcome has not been reconciled by NHS Highland, and believes that nothing less than full consultant cover will ensure the health and well-being of all women and babies in Caithness and equality of access to maternity services.

*S2M-3275 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 21 September 2005

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Environment and Rural Development Committee Debate: 5th Report, 2005, Inquiry into Climate Change

followed by Standards and Public Appointments Committee Debate: 6th Report, 2005, Draft Code of Practice for Ministerial Appointments to Public Bodies in Scotland

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 22 September 2005

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Green Party Business

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time—

Environment and Rural Development;

Health and Community Care

2.55 pm Executive Debate: Report of the Cultural Commission

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 28 September 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 29 September 2005

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Justice 2 Committee Debate: 9th Report, 2005, Inquiry into Youth Justice

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time—

Justice and Law Officers;

Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning

2.55 pm Executive Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Supported by: George Lyon*

*S2M-3274 Christine Grahame: It’s Simply Not Cricket—That the Parliament notes the recent cricket win by England over Australia and, while congratulating England’s players, laments the overwhelming UK-wide coverage of a sport that is of only marginal interest in Scotland and further laments that England’s win is apparently of more importance than the continuing starvation of millions in Niger, the complete failure of the UK Government to deliver on the G8 promises and the continuing chaos in Iraq and Afghanistan, and notes that it provides a timely diversion from these desperate failures of the UK Government but that many of us are keeping our eye on another ball.

*S2M-3273 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) that the Standards and Public Appointments Committee reports to the Local Government and Transport Committee by 14 October 2005 on the draft Public Appointments and Public Bodies etc. (Scotland) Act 2003 (Amendment of Specified Authorities) Order 2005; and

(b) that the Standards and Public Appointments Committee reports to the Local Government and Transport Committee by 14 October 2005 on the draft Public Appointments and Public Bodies etc. (Scotland) Act 2003 (Treatment of Office or Body as Specified Authority) Order 2005.

Supported by: George Lyon*

*S2M-3272 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Membership of Committee—That the Parliament agrees that Mr John Swinney be appointed to replace Alasdair Morgan on the Finance Committee.

Supported by: George Lyon*

*S2M-3271 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Membership of Committee—That the Parliament agrees that Linda Fabiani be appointed to replace Mr John Swinney on the European and External Relations Committee.

Supported by: George Lyon*

*S2M-3270 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Membership of Committee—That the Parliament agrees that Tricia Marwick be appointed to replace Linda Fabiani on the Communities Committee.

Supported by: George Lyon*

*S2M-3269 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Designation of Lead Committee—That the Parliament agrees that the Local Government and Transport Committee be designated as lead committee and that the Standards and Public Appointments Committee be designated as secondary committee in consideration of the draft Public Appointments and Public Bodies etc. (Scotland) Act 2003 (Treatment of Office or Body as Specified Authority) Order 2005.

Supported by: George Lyon*

*S2M-3268 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Designation of Lead Committee—That the Parliament agrees that the Local Government and Transport Committee be designated as lead committee and that the Standards and Public Appointments Committee be designated as secondary committee in consideration of the draft Public Appointments and Public Bodies etc. (Scotland) Act 2003 (Amendment of Specified Authorities) Order 2005.

Supported by: George Lyon*

*S2M-3267 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Substitution on Committees—That the Parliament agrees that Mr Ted Brocklebank be appointed to replace Alex Johnstone as the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party substitute on the Subordinate Legislation Committee.

Supported by: George Lyon*

*S2M-3266 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Substitution on Committees—That the Parliament agrees that Murdo Fraser be appointed to replace Murray Tosh as the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party substitute on the Procedures Committee.

Supported by: George Lyon*

*S2M-3265 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Substitution on Committees—That the Parliament agrees that Murray Tosh be appointed as the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party substitute on the Local Government and Transport Committee.

Supported by: George Lyon*

*S2M-3264 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Substitution on Committees—That the Parliament agrees that John Scott be appointed as the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party substitute on the Finance Committee.

Supported by: George Lyon*

*S2M-3263 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Substitution on Committees—That the Parliament agrees that Derek Brownlee be appointed to replace Murdo Fraser as the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party substitute on the European and External Relations Committee.

Supported by: George Lyon*

*S2M-3262 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Substitution on Committees—That the Parliament agrees that Bill Aitken be appointed as the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party substitute on the Equal Opportunities Committee.

Supported by: George Lyon*

*S2M-3261 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Substitution on Committees—That the Parliament agrees that Alex Johnstone be appointed to replace John Scott as the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party substitute on the Communities Committee.

Supported by: George Lyon*

*S2M-3260 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Substitution on Committees—That the Parliament agrees that Mr David Davidson be appointed to replace Mr Ted Brocklebank as the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party substitute on the Audit Committee.

Supported by: George Lyon*

*S2M-3259 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning) (East Coast) (Scotland) Order 2005 (SSI 2005/415) be approved.

Supported by: George Lyon*

*S2M-3258 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No. 8) (Scotland) Order 2005 (SSI 2005/410) be approved.

Supported by: George Lyon*

*S2M-3257 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No. 7) (Scotland) Order 2005 (SSI 2005/391) be approved.

Supported by: George Lyon*

*S2M-3256 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No. 6) (Scotland) Order 2005 (SSI 2005/384) be approved.

Supported by: George Lyon*

*S2M-3255 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No. 5) (Scotland) Order 2005 (SSI 2005/379) be approved.

Supported by: George Lyon*

*S2M-3254 Sarah Boyack: Support for Unionlink Pilot Scheme—That the Parliament recognises that the majority of Scottish students in higher and further education undertake some form of paid part-time work during their period of study and that, whilst the majority find their job beneficial both financially and in terms of experience, a significant minority experiences problems in the workplace or with work-study balance; further notes that due to the temporary and sometimes casual nature of their employment most students do not join a trade union; welcomes, therefore, the joint initiative between the Scottish Trades Unions Congress and the National Union of Students to pilot Unionlink, a free advice and support service for working students in Edinburgh, and encourages as many students as possible to take advantage of this pilot scheme so that it can be rolled out across Scotland.

*S2M-3253.1 Tommy Sheridan: Clyde and Hebrides Lifeline Ferry Services—As an amendment to motion (S2M-3253) in the name of Tavish Scott, leave out from "welcomes" to end and insert "opposes the proposals of the Scottish Executive to put the Caledonian MacBrayne ferry services out to tender as it views these proposals as unnecessary, unacceptable and in conflict with the need to defend lifeline services and the jobs of those who work in these services."

*S2M-3253.2 Mr David Davidson: Clyde and Hebrides Lifeline Ferry Services—As an amendment to motion (S2M-3253) in the name of Tavish Scott, leave out from "welcomes" to end and insert "believes that the proposed tendering of the entire Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac) network as a single bundle will be a costly, disruptive and bureaucratic exercise which shall do nothing whatsoever to improve ferry services; further believes that there is scope for significant efficiency savings and improvements to the network and that tendering of any routes must be genuinely open to any operator who can ensure the best possible value for the taxpayer and ferry users; rejects the Scottish Executive’s implied assumption that no routes currently operated by CalMac could be run on a commercial basis, and, in light of this, calls on the Executive to issue proposals for smaller route bundles to attract commercial interest which could lead to efficiency savings and improvements to services."

*S2M-3253.3 Fergus Ewing: Clyde and Hebrides Lifeline Ferry Services—As an amendment to motion (S2M-3253) in the name of Tavish Scott, leave out from "welcomes" to end and insert "notes that the Minister for Transport and Telecommunications has stated that the tender process which he supports will result in extra cost to the taxpayer and believes that the Scottish Executive’s tender proposals may put employment and pension rights at risk, whilst not resulting in any improvement to ferry services for the Clyde and Hebrides; believes that documents published by the Executive on 12 September 2005 should be considered further but that as they stand the tender proposals are flawed, and calls on the Executive to remit the matter to the Local Government and Transport Committee with a view to the appointment of a task force to give final consideration to the question as to whether tendering is the sole method of satisfying the legal requirements and, insofar as possible, to devise solutions to the flaws contained in the Executive’s current proposals."

Supported by: Tricia Marwick*

*S2M-3074# Marilyn Livingstone: Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse—That the Parliament *notes the invaluable work done by local groups, such as Kingdom Abuse Survivors Project (KASP) in Kirkcaldy, in providing services for survivors of childhood sexual abuse and* welcomes the Scottish Executive’s announcement to the Cross Party Group on Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse on future strategic action; further welcomes the creation of a reference group which would include adult survivors and cross party group representation; welcomes the appointment of a lead professional to assist implementation of this strategy following the report of the Short Life Working Group and the establishment of a survivors’ fund of £2 million to pump-prime activity; welcomes the intention of the Executive to publish a document which will highlight mainstream Executive initiatives that already benefit survivors; welcomes the proposed scoping of what community health partnerships and managed clinical networks could offer, given that survivors are not yet aware of the potential benefits these could bring; further welcomes the creation of a network of professionals and adult survivors, which could be virtual, and the commissioning of NHS Education for Scotland to undertake self-help training and public awareness-raising, and welcomes the call for bids for demonstration projects to be met from the survivors’ fund.

 

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S2M-3248 Congratulations to the University of Dundee (lodged on 9 September 2005) Mary Scanlon*

S2M-3247# International Credit Union Day 2005 (lodged on 8 September 2005) Mary Scanlon*

S2M-3231# World Alzheimer’s Day - 21 September 2005 (lodged on 6 September 2005) Mary Scanlon*

S2M-3225 International Suicide Prevention Week: "Help a Friend Stay in the Game" (lodged on 5 September 2005) Mr Jamie McGrigor*

S2M-3204# Planning Applications for Wind Power Developments (lodged on 30 August 2005) Mr Ted Brocklebank*

S2M-3147# Voting Difficulties for Disabled People (lodged on 9 August 2005) Mr Jamie McGrigor*

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