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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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

( A search facility is also available on the Scottish Parliament web site at:

New and altered motions and amendments

*S2M-4094 Jackie Baillie: Scottish Paramedic Relief Squad—That the Parliament welcomes the proposal to establish a Scottish paramedic relief squad, able to be deployed as a rapid response team at home or abroad in response to emergencies from communities and countries facing the immediate aftermath of disaster or tragedy; acknowledges that this will fill the void for on-the-scene medical care and transfer, complementing the work of international medical aid agencies; congratulates Jimmy McGrath, Gordon McNeil and Garry Fraser, who are paramedics, for developing this proposal; firmly believes that the Scottish Ambulance Service and the Scottish Executive should support the establishment of a Scottish paramedic relief squad as an additional valuable contribution to our international aid efforts, and, in particular, strongly encourages the Executive to consider providing assistance with equipment, training and start-up costs.

*S2M-4093 Alex Neil: Prescription Charge Exemption for Cystic Fibrosis Sufferers—That the Parliament notes that people with cystic fibrosis currently have to pay prescription charges as the condition is not presently on the exemption list; believes that this is an anomaly caused by the fact that previously cystic fibrosis sufferers had an average life expectancy that lasted only until childhood, and therefore it was considered that there was no need to include it as a condition on the exemption list; further believes that this should now be altered to reflect the fact that the average life expectancy of someone with cystic fibrosis is now 31 years, and calls on the Scottish Executive to include the condition on the exemption list for prescription charges.

*S2M-4092 Jackie Baillie: Give Cyclists Room—That the Parliament congratulates Justin Beattie of Helensburgh on setting up the "Give Cyclists Room" campaign to promote greater awareness of cyclists on Britain’s roads; notes that awareness is being raised through a new website,, and the sale of car window stickers; acknowledges that the grassroots campaign has been set up to alert drivers and cyclists alike to the fact that the single largest cause of collisions and near-collisions for cyclists is when other road users fail to appreciate just how much space a cyclist requires on the road; notes that in 2004 a total of 134 cyclists were killed on Britain’s roads and 2,174 were seriously injured, while 14,340 suffered from other injuries; wishes the campaign every success for the future, and encourages the Scottish Executive to alert other road users to their safety responsibilities in respect of cyclists in any road safety information and literature.

*S2M-4091# Mr Stewart Maxwell: RIP Cigarettes—That the Parliament acknowledges that deaths resulting from fires, of which there were 99 in 2004, are a major concern in Scotland; recognises that they are significantly higher in Scotland than the rest of the United Kingdom and that the majority of fire deaths in Scotland occur in the West of Scotland; notes with concern that smoking materials are one of the leading causes of fires in Scotland and that 50% of all smoking-related fire deaths occur in the West of Scotland; believes that the Scottish Parliament should commit to actively pursuing policies aimed at reducing the number of fire deaths in the West of Scotland and within Scotland as a whole; recognises the role that Reduced Ignition Potential (RIP) cigarettes, commonly referred to as fire-safe cigarettes, could play in reducing damage to property as well as the overall number of fires, fire injuries and fire deaths; supports the implementation of a new fire safety law that would require all cigarettes sold in Scotland to be RIP cigarettes; welcomes the decision of the Chief Fire Officers’ Association in Scotland to support the call for the introduction of fire-safe cigarettes; congratulates Canada and New York for introducing such laws and recognises that the introduction of fire-safe cigarettes would have a significant and positive impact on the number of fire fatalities in Scotland, and believes that the Scottish government should bring forward legislation to introduce this fire safety measure as soon as possible in the hope that Scotland can truly say RIP to fires caused by cigarettes.

*S2M-4090 Stewart Stevenson: National Science Week 2006—That the Parliament notes that 10 March 2006 is the start of National Science Week which is an opportunity for people of all ages to take part in science, engineering and technology activities; further notes that Scotland has a proud history in the science and engineering sphere, ranging from John Logie Baird and Alexander Graham Bell to Alexander Fleming; hopes that National Science Week will help the next generation of Scots to become scientists and engineers, which our economy greatly relies on, and believes that more funding must go into supplying our schools with science teachers.

Supported by: Mike Pringle*, Mr Andrew Welsh*, Mr Jamie Stone*, Mr Adam Ingram*, Eleanor Scott*, Jim Mather*, Michael Matheson*, Mr Stewart Maxwell*, Fergus Ewing*, Mrs Margaret Ewing*, Alex Neil*, Mr Kenny MacAskill*, Rob Gibson*, Ms Sandra White*, Shiona Baird*, Brian Adam*, Patrick Harvie*, Robin Harper*

S2M-4085 Alex Neil: Compensation for Public Sector Housing Relocations—That the Parliament notes that the compensation levels awarded to people in public sector housing who are required to relocate have not been altered since *1991* and calls on the Scottish Executive to review immediately these compensation levels as a matter of urgency.

Supported by: Michael Matheson*

*S2M-4050.1 Mr Brian Monteith: Renaming of Prestwick International Airport—As an amendment to motion (S2M-4050) in the name of Ms Rosemary Byrne, leave out from "supports" to end and insert "notes that Ryanair refers to Prestwick International Airport as "Glasgow Prestwick Airport" and that this geographical confusion will not be helped by adding the respected name of Robert Burns to either title and calls for the airport owners and relevant authorities to clarify the airport’s proper name."

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S2M-4087 Congratulations to Sharon Colman on her Oscar Nomination (lodged on 8 March 2006) Michael Matheson*

S2M-4082 The End of Ivor Cutler (lodged on 8 March 2006) Rosie Kane*, Pauline McNeill*, Alex Neil*

S2M-4080# Supporters Direct in Scotland (lodged on 8 March 2006) Marlyn Glen*, Phil Gallie*, Karen Whitefield*, Bristow Muldoon*

S2M-4078 Solar Panels at Culduthel Farm (lodged on 7 March 2006) Marlyn Glen*, Rob Gibson*

S2M-4072 "I am concerned for you to enjoy yourself within the limits of British decency" - Death of Ivor Cutler (lodged on 7 March 2006) Mr Brian Monteith*, Bristow Muldoon*, Alex Neil*

S2M-4068 50th Anniversary of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (lodged on 7 March 2006) Mr David Davidson*

S2M-4067 No Smoking Day 2006 - "Serious About Stopping?...You Can Do It!" (lodged on 7 March 2006) Margaret Jamieson*, Irene Oldfather*

S2M-4064 Congratulations for Glasgow’s Fairtrade Status (lodged on 7 March 2006) Rosie Kane*, Margaret Jamieson*, Irene Oldfather*, Alex Neil*

S2M-4061 Nuclear Power in Scotland (lodged on 6 March 2006) Cathy Peattie*, Mr Adam Ingram*

S2M-4060# Commonwealth Day 2006 (lodged on 3 March 2006) Mr David Davidson*, Irene Oldfather*

S2M-4059 Stop the Traffik (lodged on 3 March 2006) John Swinburne*

S2M-4058# Abolition of Tolls on the Forth and Tay Road Bridges (lodged on 2 March 2006) John Swinburne*, Brian Adam*

S2M-4057# 20th Anniversary of Nuclear Accident at Chernobyl (lodged on 2 March 2006) Cathy Peattie*, Mr David Davidson*

S2M-4054 Threat to Future of Grampian Television (lodged on 2 March 2006) John Swinburne*

S2M-4052# New Powers for Credit Unions (lodged on 2 March 2006) Cathy Peattie*

S2M-4050 Renaming of Prestwick International Airport (lodged on 2 March 2006) Rosie Kane*, Margaret Jamieson*, Dennis Canavan*, Alex Neil*

S2M-4048 Neptune Warrior Military Exercises (lodged on 1 March 2006) Mark Ballard*

S2M-4037 Action Mesothelioma (lodged on 28 February 2006) Cathy Peattie*, Dr Jean Turner*, John Swinburne*

S2M-4027 Cut the Strings (lodged on 28 February 2006) Mark Ballard*, Cathy Peattie*

S2M-4023 International Self Harm Awareness Day (lodged on 27 February 2006) Cathy Peattie*, Ms Sandra White*

S2M-4015# International Women’s Day - Shaping a Fairer Future (lodged on 27 February 2006) Mark Ballard*, John Swinburne*

S2M-4011# Fairtrade Fortnight (lodged on 24 February 2006) Cathy Peattie*, Dr Jean Turner*

S2M-3999 The Scottish Parliament as a Showcase for Scottish Publishing (lodged on 22 February 2006) Cathy Peattie*

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