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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a declarable interest are marked with an "R".An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-3658 Peter Peacock: Ambitious, Excellent Schools: One Year On—That the Parliament recognises that young people are one of Scotland’s greatest resources; believes that every child is entitled to the opportunity to fulfil his or her full potential; notes the significant progress made over the last year by the Scottish Executive on the most comprehensive programme of modernisation in Scottish schools for a generation or more; supports the objectives set out in Ambitious, Excellent Schools; welcomes the emphasis on heightened expectations, stronger leadership, greater freedom for teachers and schools, increased choice and opportunity for pupils, better support for learning and more appropriate accountability, and supports the Executive’s ongoing modernisation of Scotland’s schools.

Supported by: Robert Brown*

*S2M-3657 Ross Finnie: Sea Fisheries—That the Parliament supports the Scottish Executive in its efforts to negotiate the best possible outcome from the EU Fisheries Council in December 2005, an outcome that delivers sustainable fisheries and a fair deal for Scotland’s fishermen and fishing communities.

Supported by: Rhona Brankin*

*S2M-3656u Christine Grahame: Scottish Children and Fuel Poverty—That the Parliament notes with concern that there are approximately 10,000 fuel poor households with children with a poor energy efficiency rating and 5,000 households with children in fuel poverty with no central heating, including households in the Scottish Borders; notes that this equates to approximately 46,000 children living in fuel poverty; further notes that for every 5% increase in fuel prices a further 30,000 more households go into fuel poverty and that gas and electricity prices continue to rise against the background of a predicted severe winter, and therefore considers that the Scottish Executive should, as a matter of urgency and as a first step, extend the central heating programme to those 5,000 households at a cost in the order of £1.6 million against a budget of £97 million for the existing central heating programme and thereafter consider extending the programme to ensure that no Scottish child suffers from the consequences of fuel poverty.

*S2M-3655 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 7 December 2005

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 1 Debate: Joint Inspection of Children’s Services and Inspection of Social Work Services (Scotland) Bill

followed by Executive Debate: Violence Against Women

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 8 December 2005

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Executive Debate: First Anniversary of the Criminal Justice Plan

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time—

Health and Community Care;

Environment and Rural Development

2.55 pm Executive Debate: Future Arrangements for Health Services in the Argyll and Clyde Areas

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 14 December 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 15 December 2005

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 Proceedings: Family Law (Scotland) Bill

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time—

Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning;

Justice and Law Officers

2.55 pm Conclusion of Stage 3 Proceedings: Family Law (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Supported by: George Lyon*

*S2M-3654 Ms Sandra White: Senior Citizens Scotland—That the Parliament congratulates Glasgow Old People’s Welfare Association for all the hard work it does on behalf of elderly people in Glasgow; notes that it has launched Senior Citizens Scotland which extends the work it does across the whole of Scotland and, in particular, in rural areas, networking with local elderly groups, and wishes it every success in the future.

*S2M-3653 Pauline McNeill: 200th Anniversary of Birth of Thomas Graham—That the Parliament celebrates the 200th anniversary of the birth of Thomas Graham, a Glaswegian and the father of chemistry in Scotland who was the first Professor of Chemistry at Anderson’s College which is now part of the University of Strathclyde, founded the Chemical Society of London and was the Master of the Mint, an important figure in HM Treasury, and considers that it is particularly important to celebrate this anniversary whilst the Scottish Executive is encouraging more students to study and graduate in science and to become science teachers.

*S2M-3652 Chris Ballance: Cultural Commisssion—That the Parliament supports the First Minister’s desire, referred to in a speech on St Andrew’s Day, 2003, to "make the development of our creative drive, our imagination, the next major enterprise for our society" and endorses the conclusion of the Scottish Executive’s Cultural Commission’s final report that, in order to secure the First Minister’s vision, cultural funding should rise by £100m to 1% of the Executive’s annual budget.

*S2M-3651 Carolyn Leckie: Congratulations to Greenpeace at CBI Conference—That the Parliament congratulates Greenpeace on their direct action at the CBI conference; applauds its actions in exposing the hypocrisy of the UK Government’s stance on nuclear energy and in highlighting the pro-nuclear sympathies of the Government which fly in the face of the scientific facts regarding the dangers of nuclear waste, the lack of government investment in renewable energy and the lack of long-term investment in proper measures to tackle climate change, and condemns the actions of the Government which undemocratically ignores the wishes of the Scottish people regarding nuclear power.

Supported by: Frances Curran*, Campbell Martin*

*S2M-3650 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Civil Partnership Act 2004 (Consequential Amendments) (Scotland) Order 2005 be approved.

Supported by: George Lyon*

*S2M-3649 Rob Gibson: Swiss Say No to GMOs—That the Parliament congratulates the voters of Switzerland who voted for a five-year moratorium against the planting of genetically modified crops in their country in a referendum on Sunday 27 November 2005; notes that the production of many Swiss farmers is organic and, by the nature of the agricultural land available to them, is on a small scale, and further welcomes the discerning views of Swiss consumers who prefer non-GMO food for their families, friends and visitors.

Supported by: Roseanna Cunningham*, Tommy Sheridan*, Ms Sandra White*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Eleanor Scott*, Brian Adam*, Mr John Swinney*, Jim Mather*, Mrs Margaret Ewing*

*S2M-3648 Carolyn Leckie: Happy Birthday Sweet 16?—That the Parliament supports the Family Fund’s latest campaign, Happy Birthday Sweet 16?, which is designed to help families with severely disabled or seriously ill children who are 16 and over; notes that there is a huge gap in provision for such families caring for their children at home; congratulates the Family Fund on its charitable work, which provides grants to families with disabled or seriously ill children up to the age of 15 in the absence of adequate support from the state; agrees that the stresses and strains placed on families caring for a disabled or ill child do not disappear on the child’s 16th birthday and that the loss of this grant has a severe impact on the quality of life for these children and their families, and calls for the funding of the Family Fund to be increased by at least £5 million to allow the organisation to extend its remit to help families with children over 16, whilst recognising that the state should be providing far more support and resources for these vulnerable families.

Supported by: Frances Curran*, Campbell Martin*, Shiona Baird*, Eleanor Scott*, Ms Sandra White*, Donald Gorrie*

*S2M-3647 Donald Gorrie: Asthma UK Scotland Initiative, Out There and Active—That the Parliament supports the exciting Asthma UK Scotland initiative, Out There and Active, which promotes exercise for the 100,000 children in Scotland with asthma; welcomes the initiative as an important step towards improving the health of all children, and calls on schools who receive the Out There and Active material to display it prominently so that no child with asthma is excluded from taking part in sport at school.

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S2M-3646 Positive Action in Housing (lodged on 28 November 2005) Christine Grahame*, Mr Adam Ingram*, Donald Gorrie*, Michael Matheson*

S2M-3645 Fair Trade in Schools (lodged on 28 November 2005) Christine Grahame*, Rob Gibson*, Mike Pringle*, Bruce Crawford*, Bill Butler*, Alex Neil*, Tommy Sheridan*, Ms Sandra White*, Mr Adam Ingram*, Donald Gorrie*, Murdo Fraser*, Stewart Stevenson*, Eleanor Scott*, Mr John Swinney*, Michael Matheson*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Mrs Margaret Ewing*, Campbell Martin*, Fiona Hyslop*, Mr Bruce McFee*

S2M-3644 Black Watch Red Hackle (lodged on 28 November 2005) Stewart Stevenson*, Mr John Swinney*, Christine Grahame*, Rob Gibson*, Mr Kenny MacAskill*, Shona Robison*, Tricia Marwick*, Alex Neil*, Mr Adam Ingram*, Donald Gorrie*, Brian Adam*, Jim Mather*, Michael Matheson*, Mrs Margaret Ewing*, Mr Jamie Stone*

S2M-3643 Kilbowie Art and Design Exhibition (lodged on 28 November 2005) Donald Gorrie*, Michael Matheson*

S2M-3642# Beauly to Denny Power Line: Concerns Over Increase of Childhood Leukaemia (lodged on 28 November 2005) Rob Gibson*, Christine Grahame*, Tricia Marwick*, Jim Mather*, Mr John Swinney*, Alex Neil*, Mr Adam Ingram*, Tommy Sheridan*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Michael Matheson*, Mr Bruce McFee*

S2M-3641 Congratulations to Arran Schools on Improvements to School Meals (lodged on 28 November 2005) Eleanor Scott*, Christine Grahame*, Tommy Sheridan*, Donald Gorrie*

S2M-3640 Humanitarian Crisis in Pakistan (lodged on 28 November 2005) Brian Adam*, Tommy Sheridan*, Donald Gorrie*

S2M-3639 Opposition to Nuclear Power (lodged on 28 November 2005) Christine Grahame*, Donald Gorrie*

S2M-3638 World AIDS Day 2005: Red Ribbon (lodged on 28 November 2005) Shiona Baird*, Susan Deacon*, Mike Pringle*, Mr Jim Wallace*, Mr John Swinney*, Fergus Ewing*, Eleanor Scott*, Christine Grahame*, Alex Neil*, Shona Robison*, Mr Adam Ingram*, Donald Gorrie*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Mr Bruce McFee*

S2M-3637 Food for Life School of the Year (lodged on 28 November 2005) Donald Gorrie*

S2M-3636 Reporting Knife-Related Injuries (lodged on 25 November 2005) Mr Adam Ingram*, Donald Gorrie*, Michael Matheson*

S2M-3635 Terminate Fizzy Drinks in Schools (lodged on 25 November 2005) Dr Jean Turner*, Christine Grahame*

S2M-3634 Banking in Rural Scotland (lodged on 25 November 2005) Fiona Hyslop*, Phil Gallie*, Brian Adam*, Mr John Swinney*, Fergus Ewing*, Mr Adam Ingram*, Donald Gorrie*, Michael Matheson*, Richard Lochhead*, Mr Bruce McFee*

S2M-3632 Parliament Welcomes the Civil Partnership Act (lodged on 24 November 2005) Nora Radcliffe*

S2M-3631 Point of Delivery (lodged on 24 November 2005) Mr Adam Ingram*, Donald Gorrie*, Michael Matheson*

S2M-3630 Food for Life (lodged on 24 November 2005) Shiona Baird*, Dr Jean Turner*, Christine Grahame*, Mr Adam Ingram*, Nora Radcliffe*, Donald Gorrie*

S2M-3626# 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence (lodged on 24 November 2005) Eleanor Scott*, Mr Adam Ingram*, Nora Radcliffe*, Donald Gorrie*, Karen Whitefield*

S2M-3625 Stop Violence Against Women - Support Amnesty International (lodged on 23 November 2005) Mrs Margaret Ewing*, Christine Grahame*, Mr Adam Ingram*, Donald Gorrie*

S2M-3624 Urgent Request for a Ministerial Statement (lodged on 23 November 2005) Donald Gorrie*

S2M-3619 Scott’s Selkirk (lodged on 22 November 2005) Mr Adam Ingram*

S2M-3618 FSB Report - The Future of the High Street (lodged on 22 November 2005) Mr Adam Ingram*, Donald Gorrie*

S2M-3616 Ministerial Commitments on Asylum Protocol (lodged on 22 November 2005) Mr Adam Ingram*

S2M-3608 Reducing Speed Limits for Road Safety (lodged on 21 November 2005) Mark Ballard*, Mr Adam Ingram*, Nora Radcliffe*, Donald Gorrie*

S2M-3607 Congratulations to Glas Cymru (lodged on 21 November 2005) Mr Adam Ingram*

S2M-3606 Arbroath Abbey World Heritage Site Status (lodged on 21 November 2005) Mr Adam Ingram*

S2M-3605 Scottish Produce in the Scottish Parliament (lodged on 21 November 2005) Mr Adam Ingram*

S2M-3596 Scottish Parliament Crèche (lodged on 17 November 2005) Elaine Smith*

S2M-3592.1 Every Penny Counts for Mature Students (lodged on 23 November 2005) Shiona Baird*, Eleanor Scott*, Maureen Macmillan*, Jackie Baillie*, Ms Wendy Alexander*, Marlyn Glen*, Pauline McNeill*, Mr Frank McAveety*

S2M-3524 British Heart Foundation’s Food4Thought Campaign 2005 (lodged on 7 November 2005) Sarah Boyack*

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