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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-3361 Mr Andrew Welsh: Angus Council and the A92 Road—That the Parliament congratulates SNP-controlled Angus Council, which has just successfully completed the dualling of the A92 road between Dundee and Arbroath; further congratulates Angus Council for undertaking the largest road project by local government in Scotland; commends Angus Council for keeping the road open 24/7 during construction; praises Angus Council and the contractors for completing the project seven months ahead of schedule and within budget, and welcomes the improvements in local infrastructure which will offer massive economic benefits to the local area and replace a road system where injury and accident rates were 50% higher than the national average with a modern road system offering safe and efficient driving conditions suited for the 21st century.

*S2M-3360 Dr Sylvia Jackson: Free Use of MECS in Stirling—That the Parliament notes the inaccuracy and misinformation in motion S2M-3251 by Brian Monteith regarding the decision of Stirling Council to introduce an annual charge of £52 for use of the Mobile Emergency Care System (MECS) as community alarms do not fall within the definition of free personal and nursing care as set out in section 2(28) of the Regulation of Care (Scotland) Act 2001 and congratulates Stirling Council on its provision of a free MECS service to all of its most vulnerable residents, while also recognising that the additional provision of this community alarm service makes a valuable contribution to the quality of life for those less vulnerable residents and their families who can use MECS at a nominal cost.

*S2M-3359 Mr Stewart Maxwell: Dr Jeffrey Wigand - “The Insider”—That the Parliament welcomes the visit of the internationally renowned anti-smoking campaigner, Dr Jeffrey Wigand, to Scotland; applauds his bravery in deciding to expose the lies and deceit of the tobacco industry despite threats against him; supports his comments on the need to continue the battle against the tobacco industry; thanks him for his support of the Parliament’s decision to ban smoking in public places in Scotland; is concerned by the fact that approximately one-third of fire deaths in Scotland are caused by cigarettes, and agrees with him that Scotland should follow the example of Canada, New York and Vermont by legislating to make all cigarettes sold in Scotland “fire-safe” in order to reduce the fire deaths, injuries and damage to property that are caused by cigarettes.

*S2M-3358 Patrick Harvie: Immediate Suspension on Dawn Raids—That the Parliament reiterates its serious concern over the unnecessary and inhumane methods used by the UK Government in the removal and detention of children prior to deportation, which cause fear and distress to the children involved; congratulates all campaigners who oppose this disgraceful treatment of children on their work; recognises the First Minister’s commitment to intervene on this matter and his intention to initiate discussions with the Home Office to establish a protocol which will cover all removals of children and young people in Scotland; supports Positive Action In Housing’s call for an immediate suspension on dawn raids carried out by immigration officers on families with children whilst this protocol is established, and calls on the Scottish Executive to support this plea for a moratorium on dawn raids in order to demonstrate its willingness to safeguard the welfare of the children concerned.

Supported by: Chris Ballance*, Mr Kenny MacAskill*, Campbell Martin*, Mike Rumbles*, Linda Fabiani*, Robin Harper*, Eleanor Scott*, Shiona Baird*, Mark Ballard*

*S2M-3357 Michael Matheson: Campaign for a Scottish Olympic Team—That the Parliament welcomes the launch of the Campaign for a Scottish Olympic Team; notes that an overwhelming majority of Scots, 78%, would like to see Scotland send its own Olympic team to London in 2012 which would act as a catalyst to inspire many young Scottish athletes to represent their nation and pursue sporting excellence; recognises the fact that there is no technical reason why Scotland cannot have its own Olympic team, and calls on politicians from across the political spectrum to get behind the Scottish Olympic Team campaign.

Supported by: Mr John Swinney*, Jim Mather*, Rob Gibson*, Mr Bruce McFee*, Linda Fabiani*

*S2M-3356 Dennis Canavan: St Andrew’s Day Bank Holiday (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the St Andrew’s Day Bank Holiday (Scotland) Bill.

*S2M-3355# Maureen Macmillan: Drink Driving in the Highlands—That the Parliament notes with concern the continued high incidence of drink driving offences in the Northern Constabulary area and, in particular, the substantial increase in the statistics for driving while unfit through drink or drugs; notes that in one recent 19-day period there were 19 arrests for drink driving in the Ross, Cromarty and Skye Command area alone; further notes that the profile of drink drivers tends to be middle-aged rather than young, and believes that the Scottish Executive should consider how it can better reinforce the message that drink driving is a criminal offence which can result in severe injury and loss of life.

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S2M-3353# Celebrating the Féisean Movement in the Highlands and Islands (lodged on 27 September 2005) Stewart Stevenson*, Michael Matheson*, Jim Mather*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Richard Lochhead*, Robin Harper*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Mr John Swinney*, Eleanor Scott*, Shiona Baird*, Cathy Peattie*

S2M-3351 Lothian and Borders Fire Services (lodged on 27 September 2005) Stewart Stevenson*, Michael Matheson*

S2M-3350 Scottish Opera (lodged on 27 September 2005) Mr Adam Ingram*, Richard Lochhead*, Mike Rumbles*, Mr John Swinney*, Mr Stewart Maxwell*, Mike Pringle*

S2M-3349 Congratulations to the Cross-Party Group on the Scottish Economy (lodged on 27 September 2005) Stewart Stevenson* R, Michael Matheson*

S2M-3345 Auld Enemies Cup 2005 (lodged on 27 September 2005) Margaret Mitchell*, Mr Alasdair Morrison*, Iain Smith*, Mr Ted Brocklebank*, Mr Jamie McGrigor*, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton*

S2M-3341 Barnardo’s/HBOS Tug of War (lodged on 26 September 2005) Mr David Davidson*

S2M-3340 Skateraw Project (lodged on 26 September 2005) Mr David Davidson*, Mr Ted Brocklebank*, Mr Jamie McGrigor*, Mr Andrew Arbuckle*, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton*

S2M-3337 Inverness Harbour (lodged on 22 September 2005) Mr John Swinney*, Richard Lochhead*, Jim Mather*, Mr David Davidson*, Mr Kenny MacAskill*, Ms Sandra White*, Mary Scanlon*, Murdo Fraser*

S2M-3331 Science and the Parliament: Wednesday 2 November 2005 (lodged on 22 September 2005) Dr Elaine Murray*, Iain Smith*

S2M-3327 Natural Environment and Rural Communities Bill - UK Legislation (lodged on 21 September 2005) Tavish Scott*, Ross Finnie*, Rhona Brankin*

S2M-3325# HMV/Waterstones Takeover of Ottakar’s Book Stores (lodged on 21 September 2005) Shiona Baird*

S2M-3324 Report of the Working Group on Debt Relief (lodged on 20 September 2005) Shiona Baird*, Mrs Margaret Ewing*

S2M-3322 Peace Day (lodged on 20 September 2005) Shiona Baird*

S2M-3320# Promoting Energy Saving Using Micro and Small-Scale Renewable Technology (lodged on 20 September 2005) Iain Smith*

S2M-3319 Renewable Energy Opportunities (lodged on 20 September 2005) Alex Fergusson*

S2M-3296 Children’s Hospice Week (lodged on 19 September 2005) Trish Godman*, Iain Smith*

S2M-3289# Barnardo’s Freagarrach Project - 10th Anniversary (lodged on 15 September 2005) Richard Lochhead*

S2M-3283 Christine’s Wide Ball (lodged on 14 September 2005) Iain Smith*

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

S2M-3242# Scottish Food Fortnight (lodged on 7 September 2005) Mr Jim Wallace*

S2M-2882 Circus Ban (lodged on 26 May 2005) Mike Rumbles*

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