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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 submitted for members’ business in the Parliament but which have not yet received the requisite cross-party support are marked with a diamond symbol (u).

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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-3324 Jackie Baillie: Report of the Working Group on Debt Relief—That the Parliament welcomes the report of the Working Group on Debt Relief, established by the Scottish Executive; commends those involved, representing both creditor and debtor interests, for arriving at a series of positive recommendations to address the debt problems experienced by people with no income and no assets; notes the recommendation to provide a single gateway procedure for those without access to other forms of debt relief; considers that this will ensure that no person without income or assets will fall through the net, and therefore encourages the Executive to include the proposal in the forthcoming legislation to reform bankruptcy and diligence.

*S2M-3323 Patrick Harvie: Children of Asylum Seekers—That the Parliament acknowledges the trauma experienced by the children of asylum seekers when families are removed for deportation and the impact this has on school communities; believes that practices such as those reportedly used against the Vucaj family in Glasgow, including dawn raids, handcuffing of children and the removal of children by large groups of officers in uniform and body armour, are unnecessary and cause fear and distress to the children concerned; affirms its support for the principles of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) which states that governments should protect children from all forms of physical or mental violence; recognises that, while the Scottish Executive has no direct responsibility for the operation of the asylum and immigration system, it is responsible for the welfare of children, for schools and for working with the UK Government to report on compliance with the UNCRC; commends the First Minister for his aspiration "to ensure that no child is left behind or held back", and calls on him to give the greatest possible urgency to realising that aspiration for the most vulnerable children in Scotland who include those facing detention and removal.

Supported by: Robin Harper*

*S2M-3322 Ms Rosemary Byrne: Peace Day—That the Parliament recognises and supports international world peace day on 21 September 2005; believes that the day should be marked in the Parliament in future years using Time for Reflection as a formal call for world peace, and calls on the Scottish Executive to institute an educational programme in every primary and secondary school to highlight world peace day and a national day of peace.

*S2M-3321 Mark Ballard: Economic Policy—That the Parliament notes that the top priority of the Scottish Executive, as stated in the current Partnership Agreement, is "growing the economy" but reminds the Executive that GDP, its preferred measure of economic growth, makes no distinction between beneficial and harmful economic activity, ignores many socially beneficial and highly desirable practices and treats the depletion of natural capital as income and is therefore a very poor indicator of economic development; agrees with the Labour Party Policy Commission on the Environment that "For too long, economic and political success has been measured solely in terms of the rate of growth of economic activity"; considers, therefore, that if Scotland is to enjoy economic development that does not compromise social justice and environmental sustainability it needs a more meaningful yardstick than simply measuring the monetary value of goods and services produced in Scotland; remains committed to assisting the positive economic development of a healthy Scottish economy and considers that placing sustainability and national well-being at the heart of Executive policy will ultimately lead to a stronger, healthier and more innovative economic future for the people of Scotland, and urges the Executive to consider alternatives to GDP with a view to adopting a more suitable measure of national progress as its top priority.

Supported by: Mr Mark Ruskell*

*S2M-3320u Sarah Boyack: Promoting Energy Saving Using Micro and Small-Scale Renewable Technology—That the Parliament believes that micro and small-scale renewable technology offers huge opportunities to tackle both fuel poverty and the causes of climate change; notes the Scottish Executive’s target of achieving a 20% improvement in energy efficiency on 2000 levels by 2010; believes that, to help achieve this target, building standards should be amended to include micro-renewable technology as permitted developments and should require generation capacity to be included in all new developments; particularly notes examples of good practice in Edinburgh Central such as Dunedin Canmore Housing Association’s European award-nominated Slateford Green Development; believes that local authorities should be required to consider the role that micro-generation targets could deliver in achieving sustainable energy and to set appropriate targets accordingly; notes the Energy Savings Trust’s proposal of a flat rate reduction on council tax or its replacement for houses which incorporate certified energy efficiency or micro-renewable technology, and believes that fiscal measures such as these should be actively considered.

*S2M-3319 Mr Andrew Arbuckle: Renewable Energy Opportunities—That the Parliament supports the view that Scotland should initiate more fuel projects based on oil-producing crops, thus helping to increase the energy supplied from sustainable sources as required by international obligations, particularly Kyoto; further welcomes the recent announcement by the Scottish Executive that farmers who wish to grow energy crops can now apply for grants of up to £1,000 per hectare; notes that Scotland’s only bio-fuel project, Argent, is a welcome start as it only recycles existing waste vegetable oils; notes that a new market for relevant crops would be a valuable new opportunity for Scottish farmers, and recognises that there are literally thousands of acres of uncropped land lying in set-aside which, if turned into production, could help to meet Scotland’s sustainable energy targets.

*S2M-3318 Bruce Crawford: Deprivation in Scottish Coalfield Communities—That the Parliament notes with concern the findings contained within the Coalfields Communities Campaign’s report, Deprivation in Scottish Coalfield Communities, which highlights that two-thirds of former mining communities have levels of deprivation above the Scottish average and that deprivation affects communities whose combined population is 600,000; calls on the Scottish Executive to make Her Majesty’s Government, and in particular the Chancellor of the Exchequer, aware of the report, and further calls on the Executive and Her Majesty’s Government to outline their action plan for former coalfield communities to ensure that such levels of deprivation and poverty are eradicated from communities in energy-rich Scotland.

Supported by: Christine Grahame*

*S2M-3317 Miss Annabel Goldie on behalf of the Justice 2 Committee: Report on Inquiry into Youth Justice—That the Parliament notes the recommendations contained in the Justice 2 Committee’s 9th Report 2005 (Session 2): Report on Inquiry into Youth Justice (SP Paper 370).

Supported by: Bill Butler*

*S2M-3316 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 28 September 2005

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Preliminary Stage Debate: Waverley Railway (Scotland) Bill

followed by Financial Resolution in respect of the Waverley Railway (Scotland) Bill

followed by Executive Debate: Membership of the Committee of the Regions

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

12.30 pm Themed Question Time—

Justice and Law Officers;

Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

1.10 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 5 October 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 6 October 2005

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish National Party Business

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time—

Finance and Public Services and Communities;

Education and Young People, Tourism, Culture and Sport

2.55 pm Executive Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Supported by: George Lyon*

*S2M-3315 Mr Mark Ruskell: Action on Climate Change—That the Parliament notes the publication of satellite data showing that the extent of Arctic sea ice is at an all-time minimum and considers that this shortage of sea ice may be part of a positive feedback loop that will lead to further global warming; further notes the findings of a recent article, published in the journal, Science, that category 4 and 5 hurricanes have become more frequent over the past 35 years, coinciding with an increase in sea surface temperatures; considers, in the light of these findings, that global climate change is now the most serious and most urgent political issue facing us, and calls on all political parties to engage in a mature debate in an attempt to achieve consensus on ways to minimise Scotland’s greenhouse gas emissions.

*S2M-3314 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Substitution on Committees—That the Parliament agrees that Mr Jamie McGrigor be appointed to replace Bill Aitken as the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party substitute on the Education Committee.

Supported by: George Lyon*

*S2M-3313 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Substitution on Committees—That the Parliament agrees that Mr Jim Wallace be appointed as the Liberal Democrat substitute on the Justice 1 Committee.

Supported by: George Lyon*

*S2M-3312 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Membership of Committee—That the Parliament agrees that Donald Gorrie be appointed to replace Iain Smith on the Procedures Committee.

Supported by: George Lyon*

*S2M-3311 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Membership of Committee—That the Parliament agrees that Mr Andrew Arbuckle be appointed to replace Euan Robson on the Local Government and Transport Committee.

Supported by: George Lyon*

*S2M-3310 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Membership of Committee—That the Parliament agrees that Euan Robson be appointed to replace Donald Gorrie on the Communities Committee.

Supported by: George Lyon*

*S2M-3309 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Family Law (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2 be completed by 30 November 2005.

Supported by: George Lyon*

*S2M-3308 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Criminal Justice Act 1988 (Offensive Weapons) (Scotland) Order 2005 be approved.

Supported by: George Lyon*

*S2M-3307 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Advice and Assistance (Assistance by Way of Representation) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 2) Regulations be approved.

Supported by: George Lyon*

*S2M-3306 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Mental Health (Cross-border transfer: patients subject to detention requirement or otherwise in hospital) (Scotland) Regulations 2005 be approved.

Supported by: George Lyon*

*S2M-3305 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Mental Health (Safety and Security) (Scotland) Regulations 2005 be approved.

Supported by: George Lyon*

*S2M-3304 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003 (Modification of Enactments) Order 2005 be approved.

Supported by: George Lyon*

*S2M-3303 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Mental Health (Use of Telephones) (Scotland) Regulations 2005 be approved.

Supported by: George Lyon*

*S2M-3302 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Mental Health (Absconding by mentally disordered offenders) (Scotland) Regulations 2005 be approved.

Supported by: George Lyon*

*S2M-3301 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Mental Health (Definition of Specified Person: Correspondence) (Scotland) Regulations 2005 be approved.

Supported by: George Lyon*

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S2M-3300 City of Inverness Recognised in RBS £50 Banknote (lodged on 19 September 2005) Mr David Davidson*, Murdo Fraser*, Rob Gibson*, Mrs Nanette Milne*, Eleanor Scott*, Dr Jean Turner*, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton*

S2M-3299# Coalfields Communities in Fife (lodged on 19 September 2005) Donald Gorrie*

S2M-3297 The Glenmorangie Camanachd Cup Final 2005 (lodged on 19 September 2005) Mr David Davidson*, Mrs Nanette Milne*, Dr Jean Turner*, Donald Gorrie*, Bill Aitken*

S2M-3296 Children’s Hospice Week (lodged on 19 September 2005) Jackie Baillie*, Tricia Marwick*, Murray Tosh*, Alex Fergusson*, Dr Jean Turner*, Donald Gorrie*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Bill Aitken*

S2M-3295 Beachwatch Survey 17 to 18 September 2005 (lodged on 16 September 2005) Donald Gorrie*

S2M-3294 Camanachd Cup Final (lodged on 16 September 2005) Mr Adam Ingram*, Donald Gorrie*

S2M-3292 Lumphanan’s Macbeth Day (lodged on 16 September 2005) Donald Gorrie*

S2M-3291 Scotland Awarded First Geopark by UNESCO (lodged on 15 September 2005) Mr Adam Ingram*, Donald Gorrie*

S2M-3289# Barnardo’s Freagarrach Project - 10th Anniversary (lodged on 15 September 2005) Donald Gorrie*, Alex Johnstone*

S2M-3286 6th Report, 2005 (Session 2) of the Standards and Public Appointments Committee, Draft Code of Practice for Ministerial Appointments to Public Bodies in Scotland (lodged on 15 September 2005) Bill Butler*, Donald Gorrie*

S2M-3285 An Impartial Service? (lodged on 14 September 2005) Donald Gorrie*

S2M-3282# Drumchapel High School Pupils’ Support for the Vucaj Family (lodged on 14 September 2005) Maureen Macmillan*

S2M-3280 Congratulations on a Great Summer for British Cricket (lodged on 14 September 2005) Donald Gorrie*

S2M-3279 NHS Greater Glasgow - Bed Review Consultation Time Should Be Longer (lodged on 14 September 2005) Donald Gorrie*

S2M-3276 Support for North Action Group and the Retention of Full Maternity Services at Caithness General Hospital (lodged on 13 September 2005) Dr Jean Turner*

S2M-3274.1 It’s Simply Not Cricket (lodged on 14 September 2005) Mr Ted Brocklebank*

S2M-3274.2 It’s Simply Not Cricket (lodged on 14 September 2005) Donald Gorrie*

S2M-3254 Support for Unionlink Pilot Scheme (lodged on 13 September 2005) Dr Jean Turner*, Donald Gorrie*

S2M-3252 Trams Come Early to Edinburgh (lodged on 12 September 2005) Dr Jean Turner*

S2M-3250 Implement the National Language Strategy (lodged on 9 September 2005) Donald Gorrie*

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

S2M-3243# Supporters Hope that SFA will Admit John Thomson to Hall of Fame (lodged on 7 September 2005) Donald Gorrie*

S2M-3240# Looked-after Young People (lodged on 7 September 2005) Shiona Baird*

S2M-3213 Big Lottery Seniors Fund (lodged on 31 August 2005) Dr Jean Turner*

S2M-3156 Memorial to Scottish Women’s Hospitals and the "Dames Ecossaises" (lodged on 15 August 2005) Maureen Macmillan*

S2M-3150 Justice and Mercy? (lodged on 11 August 2005) Dr Jean Turner*, Bill Aitken*

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