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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a declarable interest are marked with an "R".An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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

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New and altered motions and amendments

*S2M-3494 Ms Sandra White: Volunteering and Disability—That the Parliament supports the work being undertaken by Volunteer Development Scotland (VDS) in its endeavours to encourage more disabled people to take up volunteering opportunities; notes its recent report, Volunteering and Disability, which revealed that disabled people are far more likely than other volunteers to undertake support and service provision roles such as befriending; further notes that the internet is not as widely utilised as it could be in terms of a route into volunteering for disabled people due to inaccessible volunteering websites; supports VDS’s recommendations, in particular that volunteering organisations should ensure that staff dealing with volunteers or prospective volunteers have had disability equality training and are aware of means in which reasonable adjustments can be made to be inclusive.

*S2M-3493u Carolyn Leckie: Pay Up for Equal Pay—That the Parliament condemns the failure of public bodies in Scotland to achieve equal pay; specifically condemns local authorities for dragging their heels for years and making no effort to secure the monies necessary to achieve equal pay for their female workforce; has urgent concerns about Glasgow City Council’s offer to employees which represents thousands of pounds less than women would be confident of achieving through equal pay claims; condemns the council and others for using the threat of cuts in services and redundancies to put pressure on women to concede what is lawfully theirs as right, and believes that the Scottish Executive has failed to deal with this issue which it has been well aware of since its inception and should now intervene, as it is legally obliged to do by equal pay legislation, to secure justice for women employed by local authorities, including making adequate resources available as it is not words that achieve equal pay but deeds and money.

*S2M-3492 Lewis Macdonald: The Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No. 13) (Scotland) Order 2005—That the Health Committee recommends that the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No. 13) (Scotland) Order 2005 (SSI 2005/520) be approved.Supported by: Mr Andy Kerr*

*S2M-3491# Fergus Ewing: The A82: The Case for Major Improvements and the Removal of the Temporary Traffic Lights at Loch Lomondside—That the Parliament notes with concern that the traffic lights on the A82 at Loch Lomondside, restricting traffic to one lane, have now been in place for approximately 40 years; believes that the A82 trunk road is a vital transport link for the people living in, and travelling to and from, the west highlands and islands; notes that in a report published by HITRANS it is estimated that a series of improvements to the A82 could generate additional income of £493 million for the economy and create 1,000 sustainable jobs by 2019; endorses the analysis of the HITRANS report; believes that the case for such improvements is overwhelming, not only on economic grounds but also for improved road safety, and considers that, of the improvements sought, the priority for upgrading is that section of the A82 between Tarbet and Inverarnan.Supported by: Mr Kenny MacAskill*, Bruce Crawford*, Brian Adam*, Rob Gibson*, Murray Tosh*, Mrs Margaret Ewing*, Mr Stewart Maxwell*, Michael Matheson*, Jim Mather*, Phil Gallie*, Alex Neil*

*S2M-3490 Lord James Douglas-Hamilton: Children with Special Needs—That the Parliament recognises that many children with additional support needs draw educational and social benefit from being educated in a mainstream setting; acknowledges, however, that in order for such children to flourish, appropriate resources and support must be available; further believes that the educational and social development of some children with multiple and complex needs can best be promoted through the concentrated support provided in special schools; notes with concern that 33 special schools have been closed since 1997; believes that there should be no presumption, statutory or otherwise, in favour of or against mainstreaming and that parents should be able to make a genuine informed choice between mainstream schools and special school provision, so that they can decide on the educational provision that is best suited to the needs of their child, and calls on the Scottish Executive to put in place a moratorium on the closure of special schools until the series of assumptions behind the mainstreaming policy is reviewed.

*S2M-3489 Christine Grahame: Pingat Jasa Malaysia Medal—That the Parliament regrets the decision by Her Majesty’s Government to refuse to allow veterans of the Malaysian emergency from 1953 to 1957, including the King’s Own Scottish Borderers, to accept the Pingat Jasa Malaysia medal; notes that other Commonwealth nations such as New Zealand and Australia have allowed their veterans to accept this recognition; further notes that this recognition will extend shortly to veterans from Fiji, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe; considers that this refusal is wholly unacceptable and inexplicable, and therefore urges the Scottish Executive, on behalf of the Scottish regiments such as the King’s Own Scottish Borderers, to make immediate representations to Her Majesty’s Government to right this obvious wrong which insults both veterans and the Malaysian Government.

*S2M-3488 Fiona Hyslop: Daylight Saving Time—That the Parliament supports the current system of implementing daylight saving time for the winter months; believes that this system protects, amongst other factors, the interests of many sectors of Scottish business and the safety of schoolchildren on their way to school, and rejects any calls for harmonisation of UK time with central European time as darker mornings would increase the volume of traffic on the school run which would have adverse effects on children’s safety, the environment and congestion.

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S2M-3487 Autism-Specific Medical Treatment Centre (lodged on 28 October 2005) Alex Neil*, Mr Ted Brocklebank*, Carolyn Leckie*, Derek Brownlee*, Alex Johnstone*, Murray Tosh*, Bruce Crawford*

S2M-3484 Recognition and Action on Gulf War Syndrome (lodged on 28 October 2005) Lord James Douglas-Hamilton*, Shiona Baird*, Robin Harper*, Christine Grahame*, Chris Ballance*, Rob Gibson*, Frances Curran*, Dennis Canavan*

S2M-3483 Vasa Praevia (lodged on 28 October 2005) Rob Gibson*, Margaret Jamieson*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Chris Ballance*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Pauline McNeill*, Michael McMahon*, Sarah Boyack*

S2M-3481 They Hang Asylum Seekers in the Scottish Parliament (lodged on 27 October 2005) Shiona Baird*, Campbell Martin*

S2M-3478 UNESCO Status for the University of Dundee (lodged on 27 October 2005) Mr Mark Ruskell*, Susan Deacon*

S2M-3477 Game, Set and Match to Murray (lodged on 27 October 2005) Susan Deacon*, Mr Bruce McFee*

S2M-3476 Dyce Academy Aberdeen Charitable Award (lodged on 27 October 2005) Shiona Baird*, Mr David Davidson*, Robin Harper*, Chris Ballance*

S2M-3475 Parenting Across Scotland (lodged on 26 October 2005) Shiona Baird*, Trish Godman*

S2M-3474 Scotland’s Coastline (lodged on 26 October 2005) Susan Deacon*

S2M-3473# Outsourcing of Rail Call Centre Jobs from Vertex Call Centre, Dingwall (lodged on 26 October 2005) Pauline McNeill*, Trish Godman*

S2M-3471 Tribute to Rosa Parks, American Civil Rights Campaigner (lodged on 26 October 2005) Brian Adam*, Rob Gibson*, Mr Stewart Maxwell*, Margaret Jamieson*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Marlyn Glen*, Janis Hughes*, Paul Martin*, Dr Elaine Murray*, Chris Ballance*, Mr Kenny MacAskill*, Susan Deacon*, Mr Alasdair Morrison*, Sarah Boyack*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Bill Butler*, Phil Gallie*, Pauline McNeill*, Patrick Harvie*, Mr Bruce McFee*, Rosie Kane*, Bruce Crawford*, Mark Ballard*

S2M-3470 Return of William Wallace Letter, "The Safe Conduct", to Scotland (lodged on 26 October 2005) Mr Bruce McFee*

S2M-3458 Pilton CAB Jubilee Anniversary (lodged on 25 October 2005) Pauline McNeill*, Susan Deacon*

S2M-3449 Scottish Gas Energy Trust (lodged on 24 October 2005) Trish Godman*

S2M-3428 Occupation of Tibet (lodged on 19 October 2005) Pauline McNeill*

S2M-3427 Comments by the Immigration Minister (lodged on 18 October 2005) Dennis Canavan*

S2M-3426 Bert Mullen - Credit Union Pioneer (lodged on 17 October 2005) Susan Deacon*

S2M-3423 Amnesty International’s Protect the Human Week (lodged on 17 October 2005) Dennis Canavan*

S2M-3420 Energy Saving Week (lodged on 17 October 2005) Pauline McNeill*

S2M-3418 Use of Scottish Airports by CIA Rendition Flights (lodged on 17 October 2005) Dennis Canavan*

S2M-3417 Muscular Dystrophy "My Life" Campaign (lodged on 14 October 2005) Michael McMahon*

S2M-3416 Protect the Human (lodged on 14 October 2005) Dennis Canavan*

S2M-3414 Trade Justice (lodged on 13 October 2005) Susan Deacon*, Michael McMahon*, Dennis Canavan*

S2M-3387 Treatment for Mild Depression (lodged on 4 October 2005) Marlyn Glen*, Mr Ted Brocklebank*

S2M-3378 Guide Dogs for the Blind Re-think Rehab (lodged on 3 October 2005) Jeremy Purvis*

S2M-3366 Scottish Poetry Library (lodged on 29 September 2005) Susan Deacon*

S2M-3345 Auld Enemies Cup 2005 (lodged on 27 September 2005) Susan Deacon*

S2M-3331 Science and the Parliament: Wednesday 2 November 2005 (lodged on 22 September 2005) Maureen Macmillan*

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