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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 (<>).

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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-3856 Mark Ballard: Trident Nuclear Weapons—That the Parliament believes that there should be the fullest possible public debate on any decision to replace the Trident nuclear weapons system; notes that a successor to Trident could cost as much as £25 billion, therefore significantly affecting other public spending options; calls on the Scottish Executive to urge the UK Government to produce a Green Paper on Trident replacement that considers all possible options, including non-replacement, and further calls on the Executive to urge the UK Government not to conclude any agreements, or to engage in preparations to build a new generation of nuclear weapons, until after this debate.

*S2M-3855 Frances Curran: Leven Cottage Care Home—That the Parliament congratulates the two residents from the Leven Cottage care home in the Vale of Leven who have refused to leave their home in the face of a West Dunbartonshire Council decision to close the 11-bed care home; sends its support to local people who have spent the last 55 days in permanent occupation of the home to prevent closure, and believes that, with an increasing elderly population, we need to expand care home provision rather than continue to cut beds and close homes.

Supported by: Carolyn Leckie*

*S2M-3854 Mr Tom McCabe: Budget (Scotland) No.3 Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Budget (Scotland) (No. 3) Bill.

*S2M-3853 Marilyn Livingstone: Dundee University - Relocation of Training—That the Parliament notes with concern the current proposal from Dundee University to relocate all nurse and midwifery teaching, currently provided in Kirkcaldy, to Dundee; believes that this proposal would be detrimental to the future recruitment of nurses and midwives, particularly in relation to mature students living in Fife, and would have a major impact on NHS Fife; believes that NHS Fife is under an obligation to the Scottish Executive to provide premises in Fife from which the university’s teaching role can be fulfilled; further believes that this local provision must continue, and therefore requests that this proposal be immediately withdrawn.

Supported by: Carolyn Leckie*, Christine May*

S2M-3852 Ms Rosemary Byrne: Protecting Jobs and Services in the Borders—That the Parliament condemns the Westminster Government’s policy decision to migrate the benefit process of the Work and Pensions Office in Galashiels to the central belt; acknowledges that this action will cause job losses affecting workers and their families, as well as detrimentally affect services for the most vulnerable members of our society, and calls on the Scottish Executive to put pressure on its colleagues in Westminster to reverse this decision and protect jobs and services in the Scottish Borders.

S2M-3851 Patrick Harvie: Launch of Human Rights Scotland—That the Parliament commends Human Rights Scotland for its work with voluntary organisations, local authorities, community groups and the general public to raise awareness of human rights; recognises that education is the key to understanding about rights and responsibilities; congratulates Human Rights Scotland on its launch under that name after 27 years of existence, first as part of the Scottish Human Rights Centre and later as the independent Scottish Human Rights Trust, and is confident that the organisation will continue to make an important contribution to the human rights field in Scotland.

Supported by: Rosie Kane*, Carolyn Leckie*, David McLetchie*, Mr Kenny MacAskill*, Chris Ballance*, Eleanor Scott*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Ms Sandra White*, Rob Gibson*, Robin Harper*, Mark Ballard*, Shiona Baird*

S2M-3850 Rosie Kane: Congratulations to the Dalkeith Defenders!—That the Parliament congratulates the Dalkeith Defenders on their efforts to save Dalkeith country park from development; applauds the huge support shown to the defenders by the local community, despite reports to the contrary; recognises the traffic problems in and around the Dalkeith area but understands that these are due to the lack of investment in public transport and environmentally sustainable planning legislation by successive governments; further accepts that the proposed development through the country park will do nothing to relieve the situation but will damage the environment and the local community and will ultimately increase traffic levels on the road, and therefore calls on the Scottish Executive to halt the development immediately and to undertake a multimodal transport study and an environmental impact study to address the traffic problem in a socially and environmentally just manner.

S2M-3849 Mr Andrew Welsh: Rural Post Offices—That the Parliament notes with concern the announcement in the House of Lords on 12 January 2006 that the UK Government will no longer fund Post Office card accounts; recognises that these accounts are essential to keeping rural post offices open; notes that these rural post offices are an essential and important part of life in many small communities in Angus, Perthshire and other parts of rural Scotland; recognises that many senior citizens throughout Scotland rely on these accounts to receive their pensions, and encourages the Scottish Executive to lobby the UK Government to ensure that rural post offices in Scotland and the rest of the United Kingdom remain open to serve the needs of their local communities.

Supported by: Mr John Swinney, Mr Bruce McFee*

S2M-3848# Margaret Mitchell: Cumbernauld Town Centre—That the Parliament notes that, in the Channel 4 programme, "Demolition", broadcast in December 2005, the public nominated and voted for Cumbernauld Town Shopping Centre as the most hated building in Britain; acknowledges that Cumbernauld is in a great location; commends the residents of Cumbernauld for maintaining a sense of pride in their town despite the problems, which have existed for many years, associated with design and the lack of an identifiable town centre; congratulates Channel 4 for having produced this excellent piece of broadcast journalism which, firstly, ensured that these problems have been the subject of a national awareness-raising exercise and, secondly, which provided practical solutions to these problems; recognises that quality of life is the core issue; expresses concern that North Lanarkshire Council intends to proceed with design plans for the town shopping centre which will, in the view of those who took part in the programme, merely compound the problems which already exist; believes that the Scottish Executive should encourage North Lanarkshire Council to take on board the suggestions made in the programme to regenerate Cumbernauld by creating an identifiable town centre starting at St Mungo’s Church and continuing to tree-lined boulevards with shop fronts facing widened pavements where bistro and alfresco activities could be provided, and considers that North Lanarkshire Council should initiate a consultation with the residents of Cumbernauld on these proposals.

Supported by: Alex Johnstone, Murdo Fraser*, Mrs Nanette Milne*, Robin Harper*, Phil Gallie*, Mr David Davidson*, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton*

*S2M-3848.1# Donald Gorrie: Cumbernauld Town Centre—As an amendment to motion (S2M-3848) in the name of Margaret Mitchell, leave out from "congratulates" to end and insert "recognises that many of Cumbernauld’s problems result from the reorganisation of Scotland’s local authorities by the Tory party, including the dissolution of Cumbernauld District Council; believes that a lack of government funding for the past development corporation and the insistence by the Tory government that the town centre be sold off to commercial interests are contributory factors to the current condition of the centre because they restrict the ability of North Lanarkshire Council to tackle the problems, and considers that the council should initiate a consultation with the residents of Cumbernauld and that the owners of the town centre should engage in meaningful discussions on the future of the centre as a matter of urgency."

S2M-3847 Sarah Boyack: Scottish Energy Advice Week—That the Parliament congratulates the Energy Saving Trust for organising Scottish Energy Advice Week from 6 to 10 February 2006; recognises the work of the network of regional Energy Efficiency Advice Centres which offer free, expert advice on saving energy; urges individuals to pledge to save 20% of all the energy they use every day as the best means of hitting the target of a 20% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions below 1990 levels by 2010, and urges all MSPs to show leadership by supporting the Scottish Energy Advice Week campaign which promotes individual responsibility and actions.

S2M-3846 Eleanor Scott: Legislate for Better Health—That the Parliament agrees with Dr Peter Terry, chairman of the British Medical Association in Scotland, that a long-term public health strategy can be effective only if there is a co-ordinated approach across all ministerial portfolios; notes that decisions taken in other policy areas have a significant bearing on public health; agrees on the need to develop synergistic policies and cross-departmental co-operation, and calls on the Scottish Executive to introduce a system of routine health impact assessments to be applied to all policies and legislation. R

Supported by: Mark Ballard, Patrick Harvie, Mr Stewart Maxwell, Tommy Sheridan*, Carolyn Leckie*, Brian Adam*, Richard Lochhead*, Robin Harper*, Shiona Baird*

S2M-3845 Carolyn Leckie: The Local Government Pension Scheme and Abolition of Rule of 85—That the Parliament is concerned to learn of the contents of the Scottish Executive’s answer to question S2W-21675 by Mr Tom McCabe on 17 January 2006 with reference to changes to the Scottish Local Government Pension Scheme; regrets the Executive’s manner of announcing its support for the abolition of Rule of 85, which would cause detriment to 200,000 local government workers; believes that this demonstrates a lack of respect for local government workers, their representatives, employers and COSLA; believes that it is a misjudgement on the part of the Executive to disregard the views and legal opinions presented by COSLA and UNISON; further believes that the Executive should take urgent action to redress the harm caused by the content of the answer and manner of the announcement; is concerned about other measures to erode local government pensions; supports local government workers in their efforts to protect their pensions and rights, and considers that the Executive should initiate urgent discussions with COSLA and the trade unions to achieve a solution agreeable to all.

Supported by: Frances Curran, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Rosie Kane, Tommy Sheridan, Colin Fox, Mr John Swinney

S2M-3844 John Home Robertson: Offensive Comments in the name of Sandra White MSP—That the Parliament condemns the description in the name of Sandra White MSP of the Union Flag as a "butcher’s apron"; believes that the comments demonstrate small-minded Scottish nationalism at its worst; calls on Ms White to withdraw the statement and to apologise for this offensive slur on the flag of the Royal Scots, who were deployed to Iraq last week, and of countless Scottish service personnel in the British armed forces, including those who played such a prominent part in the defeat of Nazism, and urges Alex Salmond MP and Nicola Sturgeon MSP to repudiate this disgraceful attack on the Union Flag.

Supported by: Jackie Baillie, Murdo Fraser, Christine May, Alex Fergusson, Bristow Muldoon, Dr Elaine Murray, Helen Eadie, Mr Alasdair Morrison, Jeremy Purvis, Scott Barrie, Mr David Davidson, Trish Godman, Mr Duncan McNeil, Michael McMahon, Phil Gallie, Alex Johnstone

S2M-3843 Nora Radcliffe: The Race Equality Review and the Fresh Talent Initiative—That the Parliament welcomes the publication of the Scottish Executive’s race equality review and its associated programme of action; is committed to a diverse, equal and integrated Scotland; endorses the Commission for Racial Equality’s view, expressed in its report, Broadening our Horizons - Making Fresh Talent work for Scotland, that integrated societies do not emerge by themselves, and calls on the Executive to implement the action programme speedily and thoroughly to ensure that everyone living in Scotland, or who comes to live in Scotland under the aegis of the Fresh Talent initiative or for any other reason, has the support he or she needs to develop to his or her full potential within our society.

S2M-3842 Brian Adam: Keep Aberdeen’s School Playgrounds and Playing Fields Open—That the Parliament condemns Aberdeen City Council’s Liberal Democrat/Tory administration for attempting to restrict access to school playgrounds and playing fields after school hours; commends the SNP and Labour groups and the external members of the Education and Leisure Committee for voting against this ludicrous idea and congratulates them on their victory; notes that the closing of playgrounds and playing fields goes against the grain of health policies that are being promoted, and calls on the Liberal/Tory administration to abide by this democratic decision and not to attempt to overturn it at full council.

Supported by: Michael Matheson, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Ms Sandra White, Mr Adam Ingram, Mr Stewart Maxwell, Stewart Stevenson, Richard Lochhead*, Robin Harper*, Fergus Ewing*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*

S2M-3841 Mrs Nanette Milne: Macmillan Cancer Relief Cancertalk Week 2006—That the Parliament notes that Macmillan Cancer Relief will hold its Cancertalk Week from 23 to 27 January 2006, including the Big Hush, a sponsored silence, on Friday 27 January; congratulates it on helping children to increase their awareness of the disease and reduce the fear surrounding it; notes that Cancertalk Week is a great opportunity for schools and youth groups to talk about the issues surrounding cancer, dispel myths about it and help people living with cancer, and encourages MSPs to support local events and activities throughout the week.

S2M-3840<> Alex Johnstone: Scotland’s Tartan Day—That the Parliament welcomes moves by several Scottish local authorities, led by Angus Council, to seek ways of promoting Tartan Day as a national event in Scotland; commends Perth and Kinross, Dundee, Stirling and Edinburgh City councils who already help to make Scotland the focus of Tartan Day; notes that Tartan Day, celebrated on the anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Arbroath, has been the subject of large-scale celebrations in America and elsewhere, and urges the Scottish Executive to provide more assistance to facilitate a national celebration of Tartan Day in Scotland to encourage Americans and others of Scottish descent to come to Scotland to celebrate the event, which will bring economic and cultural benefits to Scotland.

Supported by: Mr John Swinney

S2M-3839# Mr Andrew Welsh: Community and Village Halls—That the Parliament notes with concern the increased costs of water charges paid by new village and community halls and that these will also be imposed on older halls after 2010; recognises that these halls play a vital role as the hub of the community by providing a venue for educational classes, Scottish dancing, recreation, Scottish Women’s Rural Institute meetings, keep-fit classes, youth clubs, scouts, brownies and other activities; believes that these charges to charitable organisations are an undue burden on local rural communities in Angus; notes that the Scottish Executive has partly funded numerous new halls and refurbishments for many more which has caused an increase in the rateable value burden, and believes that the Executive should extend the exemption scheme to all community and village halls with charitable status and introduce legislation to reinstate the exemption for community and village halls which have charitable status.

Supported by: Mr John Swinney, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Brian Adam, Roseanna Cunningham, Alex Johnstone, Shiona Baird, Christine Grahame, Rob Gibson, Alex Neil, Stewart Stevenson, Fiona Hyslop, Richard Lochhead, Rosie Kane, Carolyn Leckie, Frances Curran, Mr Adam Ingram, Robin Harper, Michael Matheson, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Jim Mather, Tommy Sheridan*, Ms Sandra White*

S2M-3838 Bill Aitken on behalf of the Edinburgh Tram (Line Two) Bill Committee: Edinburgh Tram (Line Two) Bill—That the Parliament agrees that the Edinburgh Tram (Line Two) Bill be passed.

S2M-3834 Alex Johnstone: PE in Primary Schools—That the Parliament congratulates Angus Council on topping the list for primary school PE provision; notes that Angus primary schoolchildren receive 27 minutes of physical education per week more than the national average; acknowledges the benefits of physical education in promoting an active lifestyle and team spirit; welcomes the fact that there has been a substantial increase in recruitment for the Postgraduate Certificate in Education in physical education, and calls on the Scottish Executive to do more to promote sport in schools in order to encourage young people’s participation in sport outside school hours.

Supported by: Mr David Davidson, Mike Rumbles, Mr John Swinney, Mr Ted Brocklebank, Mary Scanlon, Mr Stewart Maxwell, Murdo Fraser, Margaret Mitchell, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Chris Ballance, Stewart Stevenson, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Mr Andrew Welsh, Bill Aitken, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Shiona Baird, Brian Adam, Mrs Nanette Milne, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Michael Matheson, Eleanor Scott

S2M-3831 Brian Adam: Robert the Bruce Commemoration—That the Parliament recognises the significant role that Robert the Bruce had in re-establishing Scottish independence; notes that 2006 marks the 700th anniversary of his accession to the throne of Scotland; believes that this event is worthy of commemoration and celebration; further notes, and encourages support for, local events such as that established by The Robert the Bruce Commemoration Trust; calls on the Scottish Executive, in partnership with EventScotland and VisitScotland, to organise a national celebration to promote tourism and better inform Scots of the important events in their own history, and recommends that plans also be created to commemorate other key related events in his reign, such as the Battle of Bannockburn, the Declaration of Arbroath and the Treaty of Northampton.

Supported by: Jim Mather, Alex Johnstone, Campbell Martin, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Richard Lochhead, Stewart Stevenson, Rob Gibson, Roseanna Cunningham, Christine Grahame, Michael Matheson, Mr John Swinney, Ms Sandra White, Fergus Ewing, Mr Andrew Welsh, Fiona Hyslop, Alex Neil, Derek Brownlee, Shiona Baird, Bruce Crawford, Mrs Margaret Ewing, Mr Adam Ingram

S2M-3830 Alex Neil: Scottish Criminal Record Office Staff’s Letter to Lord Cullen—That the Parliament notes the action of the Scottish Criminal Record Office staff who signed the letter dated 14 November 2005 to Lord Cullen, the Lord President and Lord Justice General, in relation to the cases of HMA v David Asbury and HMA v Shirley McKie and regrets, and condemns the fact, that their stance has become public, given the responsibility of everyone involved not to compromise the impartiality of the justice system.

S2M-3825# Iain Smith: NHS Fife Waiting Times—That the Parliament welcomes progress made on the reduction in waiting times for treatment of cancer patients in Scotland but notes with concern that 40% of patients in the NHS Fife area are waiting longer than two months for treatment and believes that the Scottish Executive should meet NHS Fife to discuss ways to cut waiting times for Fife cancer patients.

Supported by: Donald Gorrie, Mr Andrew Arbuckle, Mr Mark Ruskell, Mr Jamie Stone, Mr Ted Brocklebank, Christine May

S2M-3824 Fiona Hyslop: Britain Day Proposal—That the Parliament notes Gordon Brown MP’s proposals for a British Day to celebrate issues of British identity which reflects more his aspiration to be leader of the British state than an understanding of issues of identity in Scotland; regrets that the Labour Party supports a national day for the state of Britain but has rejected a national day for the nation of Scotland by not approving the St Andrew’s Day Bill; particularly regrets any suggestion that a day of sombre remembrance should be hijacked for such a purpose; notes that many countries’ national day of celebration in fact marks the end of British rule from the days of empire, now diminished; notes that Britain is a political state originally established out of specific economic and political self-interest, and further notes that, in order for young Scots to understand and appreciate their own identity, it is essential that the history of Scotland and a Scottish world view of events is taught as a discrete subject in our schools in order that Scots, including politicians, have a grasp of what economic, cultural and political influences have forged the current nation of Scotland.

Supported by: Mr Adam Ingram, Michael Matheson

S2M-3823 Shona Robison: Working Time Directive—That the Parliament notes the introduction of the Working Time Directive 2000/34/EC; welcomes the enhancement of employee rights which this directive represents; notes with concern that not all offshore workers are yet benefiting from the introduction of the directive, and urges offshore operators to observe both the spirit and the letter of the law by allowing workers their statutory minimum four weeks of paid leave, over and above any "rest" periods specified in employment contracts.

Supported by: Mr Adam Ingram, Michael Matheson

S2M-3822 Mr Tom McCabe: Police, Public Order and Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill: Financial Resolution—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Police, Public Order and Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill, agrees to—

(a) any expenditure of a kind referred to in paragraph 3(b)(ii) of Rule 9.12 of the Parliament’s Standing Orders;

(b) any increase in expenditure of a kind referred to in paragraph 3(b)(iii) of that Rule; and

(c) any charges or payments in relation to which paragraph 4 of that Rule applies,

arising in consequence of the Act.

S2M-3821 Frances Curran: US Air Force Strike on Village in Pakistan—That the Parliament condemns the bombing on Saturday 14 January 2006 by the CIA of a village in Pakistan on the border with Afghanistan which killed at least 18 innocent people; believes that this attack represents a humanitarian outrage which should be condemned by the United Nations and the world community in the strongest possible terms; notes that incorrect intelligence that Al Qaeda number 2, Ayman al-Zawahri, was in the village led to the strike which devastated so many villagers’ lives; further notes that thousands of people in Karachi and elsewhere in Pakistan have demonstrated their anger at the cynical use by the USA of, and the Pakistani government’s collaboration in, the so-called "war on terror"; further notes that the UK Government has just sent 400 soldiers to relieve US troops in Afghanistan which is essentially a war zone because of the war on terror, and believes that the action of the United States of America demonstrates a cynical and arrogant contempt for human life and will further divide the world in a violent conflict between the Muslim community and Western powers.

S2M-3820 Shiona Baird: Proposed Closure of Environmental Research Stations—That the Parliament notes with concern the proposal by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) to close four UK environmental research stations, including one at Banchory, which form part of the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH); expresses regret that this would result in the redundancy of up to 200 staff; believes that the proposed restructuring has the potential to damage the world-class environmental research into biodiversity, climate change, air pollution, water and environmental sustainability issues which is currently carried out by CEH; further believes that the proposal serves to undermine the Scottish science base and degrade the policy advice provided to key stakeholders such as the Scottish Executive, Scottish Natural Heritage and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, and urges NERC to reconsider its restructuring plans as a matter of urgency.

Supported by: Mark Ballard, Brian Adam, Robin Harper, Chris Ballance, Rob Gibson, Eleanor Scott, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Ms Sandra White*, Mr Kenny MacAskill*

S2M-3808 Colin Fox: Abolition of NHS Prescription Charges (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Abolition of NHS Prescription Charges (Scotland) Bill.

Supported by: John Swinburne

S2M-3553# Jackie Baillie: The Thistle Travel Card Scheme—That the Parliament congratulates Enable, together with a consortium of Scottish charities including Down’s Syndrome Scotland and Alzheimer Scotland, for its work to introduce the Thistle Travel Card; welcomes the support of the Scottish Executive and transport companies for the implementation of the scheme, including in Dumbarton, Vale of Leven and Helensburgh; acknowledges that many people with learning or physical disabilities, as well as those with dementia and epilepsy, may experience some difficulty in using public transport; considers that the Thistle Travel Card provides them with additional assistance by alerting travel staff to their particular needs; notes that awareness of the scheme is limited, and considers that the Scottish Executive and transport companies should actively promote awareness and uptake of the Thistle Travel Card.

Supported by: Donald Gorrie, Rob Gibson, Robin Harper, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Helen Eadie, Paul Martin, Chris Ballance, Tommy Sheridan, Sarah Boyack, Cathie Craigie, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Murray Tosh, Colin Fox, Mr Frank McAveety, Christine Grahame, Bill Butler, Eleanor Scott, Nora Radcliffe, Ms Sandra White, Dr Sylvia Jackson, John Swinburne, Marilyn Livingstone, Mr Jamie Stone, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Mr David Davidson, Trish Godman, Bill Aitken, Elaine Smith, Maureen Macmillan, Frances Curran, Margaret Mitchell, Christine May, Des McNulty, Marlyn Glen, Janis Hughes*

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S2M-3813 MilkLink Job Losses (lodged on 13 January 2006) Ms Sandra White*, Frances Curran*

S2M-3812 Equal Treatment for Local Government Pension Scheme Members (lodged on 12 January 2006) Frances Curran*

S2M-3749 Breaking the Sound Barrier (lodged on 19 December 2005) Margaret Smith*, Kate Maclean*

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