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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-4492 Dr Jean Turner: The Continuing Rise of Chlamydia—That the Parliament notes with concern the continuing rise in Chlamydia, in light of recent figures showing increases in eight of the fifteen NHS board areas, with the fastest rise occurring among the 16 to 19-years age group; notes that Chlamydia is the commonest treatable sexually transmitted infection in Scotland and that the majority of those infected have no symptoms; further notes that the Healthy Respect pilot in Lothian, which uses postal testing kits for Chlamydia, is yet to be extended to the rest of Scotland; notes also that, despite £4.5 million funding given to NHS boards to help implement the national sexual health strategy, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde as the biggest health board does not plan to introduce Chlamydia postal testing kits and that this may impair the establishment of a national contract with NHS boards to provide Chlamydia postal testing kits through a Scottish Executive bulk and shared purchasing arrangement, and calls on all NHS boards to implement the Scottish Executive Health Department’s recommendation in the national sexual health strategy for postal testing kits for Chlamydia, and other sexually transmitted infections, to be introduced.

*S2M-4491 Ms Maureen Watt: Grand Prix Snooker in Aberdeen—That the Parliament welcomes the return of top-class snooker to Aberdeen with the announcement of the Grand Prix World Snooker Tour event to be held in the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre in October 2006; considers that this event, along with the Aberdeen Cup tennis tournament which will be taking place for the second year running, marks out the north east as an excellent venue for high-class sporting events which will encourage more people to participate in sport, and hopes that other sporting bodies will take the opportunity to hold events in Aberdeen and the north east in future.

*S2M-4490 Colin Fox: 90th Anniversary of the Easter Rising—That the Parliament notes that the annual James Connolly commemoration march through Edinburgh on 3 June 2006 takes place in the year of the 90th anniversary of the Easter rising; believes that James Connolly’s part in the 1916 Dublin rising and his legacy to the struggle for freedom, national liberation and socialism, not just in Scotland and Ireland but throughout the world, should be much more widely recognised, and calls on the Scottish Executive to support new educational and cultural initiatives to bring greater understanding and clarity in respect of the hugely significant part that this native of Edinburgh played in events shaping the world of the early 20th century.

*S2M-4489 Colin Fox: Ken Loach and Paul Laverty - Palme d’Or Prize—That the Parliament congratulates director, Ken Loach, and scriptwriter, Paul Laverty, on the success of their latest film "The Wind That Shakes the Barley" in winning the highly prestigious Palme d’Or prize at the Cannes Film Festival; notes that the film, set during the Irish War of Independence and ensuing civil war of the 1920s, was shot on location in Glasgow, and agrees with remarks made by Ken Loach on accepting the prize that "our film is a little step in the British confronting their imperialist history. If we tell the truth about the past, maybe we’ll tell the truth about the present."

*S2M-4488 Brian Adam: Northfield Nuggets School Paper—That the Parliament congratulates the pupils and staff of Northfield Academy for the publication of Northfield Nuggets, its first school newspaper to be published for 13 years, and commends Aberdeen City Council for providing the resources for this initiative from its small grants fund.

*S2M-4487 Ross Finnie: The Draft Scotland Act 1998 (River Tweed) Order 2006—That the Environment and Rural Development Committee recommends that the draft Scotland Act 1998 (River Tweed) Order 2006 be approved.

Supported by: Rhona Brankin*

*S2M-4486 Stewart Stevenson: Motion without Notice—That the Justice 1 Committee resolves that the Minister for Justice should deliver to the Committee two reports authored by John MacLeod and a further report authored by Michael Pass in the matter of Shirley McKie v Scottish Ministers. 

This motion was moved without notice and agreed by the Justice 1 Committee at its meeting on 1 June 2006. 

*S2M-4485 Stewart Stevenson: Motion without Notice—That the Justice 1 Committee resolves that the Lord Advocate should deliver to the Committee the report as authored by James Mackay in the matter of the Scottish Criminal Record Office Fingerprint Bureau. 

This motion was moved without notice and agreed by the Justice 1 Committee at its meeting on 1 June 2006.

*S2M-4484 Jackie Baillie: Maid of the Loch—That the Parliament commends the work of the Loch Lomond Steamship Company in its efforts to make the Maid of the Loch seaworthy; notes that the ship was built in 1953 and is registered as a historic vessel, but was taken out of commission in 1981 and has since been moored at Balloch; recognises that in 2005 the Loch Lomond Steamship Company rebuilt the slipway in order for the ship to be taken out of the water to assess what work must be undertaken for it to become seaworthy again; considers that tourism is vital to the local economy and that the Maid of the Loch would further enhance the reputation of local attractions; congratulates all those volunteers who have been involved in fund-raising and the preservation of the ship, and believes that one day soon the Maid of the Loch will sail again.

*S2M-4483 Mark Ballard: Animal Testing of Drugs—That the Parliament, in common with Europeans for Medical Progress, expresses its concerns regarding the safeguarding of public health through data obtained from laboratory animals, particularly in light of large numbers of serious and fatal adverse drug reactions that were not predicted by animal studies; is concerned that the government has not commissioned or evaluated any formal research on the efficacy of animal experiments and has no plans to do so, and, in common with over 80% of general practitioners in a recent survey, calls on the government to facilitate an independent and transparent scientific evaluation of the use of animals as surrogate humans in drug safety testing and medical research.

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S2M-4480 Scottish Government and Scottish Ministers (lodged on 31 May 2006) Michael Matheson*

S2M-4479 World No Tobacco Day 2006: "Tobacco Deadly in any form or disguise" (lodged on 31 May 2006) Robin Harper*, Ms Maureen Watt*, Trish Godman*, Michael Matheson*

S2M-4463 Football Clubs and Community Involvement (lodged on 30 May 2006) Mr Brian Monteith*

S2M-4461 Community Councils (lodged on 30 May 2006) Nora Radcliffe*, Ms Maureen Watt*

S2M-4458 Science Base, a Cause for Concern (lodged on 30 May 2006) Mr David Davidson*, Mr Brian Monteith*

S2M-4445# Carers Week 2006 (lodged on 24 May 2006) Rosie Kane*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Murray Tosh*

S2M-4442 Offside! Labour Rights and Sportswear Production in Asia (lodged on 23 May 2006) Rosie Kane*

S2M-4441 The Big Lottery Young People’s Fund (lodged on 23 May 2006) Rosie Kane*

S2M-4435 Competition Commission Decision on Merger of Waterstone’s and Ottakar’s (lodged on 23 May 2006) Rosie Kane*

S2M-4432 Local Food is Miles Better (lodged on 22 May 2006) Rosie Kane*

S2M-4430 Academic Pay Dispute (lodged on 22 May 2006) Rosie Kane*

S2M-4429 Action on Ticket Touting (lodged on 22 May 2006) Mr Frank McAveety*

S2M-4428 The Energy Challenge (lodged on 22 May 2006) Rosie Kane*

S2M-4422 Nuclear Power Stations in Scotland (lodged on 18 May 2006) Rosie Kane*

S2M-4418 Electric Shock Collars (lodged on 18 May 2006) Lord James Douglas-Hamilton*

S2M-4417 Humanitarian Disaster in Africa (lodged on 17 May 2006) Rosie Kane*

S2M-4410# Supporting the Telecommunications Industry in Lanarkshire and the Rest of Scotland (lodged on 16 May 2006) Janis Hughes*

S2M-4372 National Breastfeeding Awareness Week 2006 (lodged on 9 May 2006) Rosie Kane*

S2M-4308 Text Independence Referendum (lodged on 27 April 2006) Mr Andrew Welsh*

S2M-4228# Muscular Dystrophy "My Life" Campaign (lodged on 5 April 2006) Michael McMahon*

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