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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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

(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-5412 Colin Fox: Condemn Sacking of 650 by NCR Dundee—That the Parliament condemns the decision by NCR in Dundee to sack 650 of its workers; recognises that assurances given to the workers’ union just last year that jobs were safe have turned out to be worthless; believes that the announcement by NCR is not just a severe blow to Dundee but has ominous implications for workers’ job prospects throughout the manufacturing sector in Scotland; further believes that the NCR decision again highlights the need for greater protection of jobs in Scotland, which can be destroyed on a whim as employers uproot and head east for cheap labour reserves, and offers its full support to Amicus and the entire workforce in efforts they make to save the jobs and secure a future for all workers affected by this dreadful news.

*S2M-5411 Linda Fabiani: 4th Edinburgh International Festival of Middle Eastern Spirituality and Peace—That the Parliament supports the 4th Edinburgh International Festival of Middle Eastern Spirituality and Peace which will take place from Wednesday 7 February to Sunday 11 March 2007; supports the festival’s aim to celebrate the diversity contained within the religious, spiritual, educational, cultural, ethnic and international traditions of the Middle East as well as in Scotland; welcomes the opening up of the festival this year to events in other parts of Scotland, and congratulates the organisers, the Edinburgh International Centre for World Spiritualities and the Edinburgh Institute for Advanced Learning, for bringing together people from across all the principal faith and spiritual traditions of Scotland and creating a forum for dialogue and mutual understanding among the religious and spiritual traditions, particularly at a time when negative media images and war in the Middle East are increasingly polarising opinions and exacerbating divisions among our communities.

*S2M-5410 Mr Tom McCabe: Schools (Health Promotion and Nutrition) (Scotland) Bill: Financial Resolution—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Schools (Health Promotion and Nutrition) (Scotland) Bill, agrees to any increase in expenditure for existing purposes payable, in consequence of the Act, out of the Scottish Consolidated Fund.

*S2M-5409 Donald Gorrie: Scots Language Dictionaries—That the Parliament recognises the long history of Scots language dictionaries, from Jamieson’s in 1808 to the 10-volume Scottish National Dictionary completed in 1976, the Dictionary of the Older Scots Tongue completed in 12 volumes in 2002 and the online Dictionary of the Scots Language in 2004, which together put Scotland at the forefront of producers of dictionaries of minority languages; also welcomes the work being done on Faclair na Gàidhlig, and, in order to safeguard the future of these long-term dictionary projects, urges the Scottish Executive and other government, commercial and charitable organisations to co-operate in providing the requisite funds for continuing work on them.

S2M-5408 Mr David Davidson: Custodial Sentences and Weapons (Scotland) Bill—That the Justice 2 Committee considers the Custodial Sentences and Weapons (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2 in the following order: sections 43 to 46, section 1, schedule 1, sections 2 to 42, sections 47 to 49, schedule 2, section 50, schedule 3 and the long title.

S2M-5407 Carolyn Leckie: Support the SFA in Scotland Manager Crisis—That the Parliament expresses regret that, when the Scottish national football team had shown signs of improvement and potential success and had begun to restore Scotland’s pride in the national football team, Walter Smith has chosen to leave that team and a national organisation, in the form of the Scottish Football Association (SFA), with limited resources in favour of working for an "Old Firm" plc steeped in wealth that perpetuates inequality in the national game; supports the SFA in its efforts to gain appropriate compensation, and hopes that an appropriate replacement who will make a long-term commitment to the national team will be placed in post as soon as possible.

Supported by: Frances Curran, Rosie Kane

S2M-5406# Patrick Harvie: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender History Month—That the Parliament notes that February is LGBT History Month and that events will be taking place around Scotland to celebrate the lives of Scottish LGBT people, past and present; congratulates the many organisations that have contributed to LGBT History Month, including voluntary organisations, religious groups, businesses and the Scottish Executive; regrets that LGBT history, from the horrors of the gulags and gas chambers to the achievements of LGBT people in all spheres of life, often remains unwritten and unspoken; believes that this represents a cultural loss to the whole of society; further believes that young LGBT people in particular have a right to learn about their cultural heritage in all its forms, and hopes therefore that many communities, including schools, will participate in LGBT History Month this year and in the future.

Supported by: Marlyn Glen, Malcolm Chisholm, Linda Fabiani, Ms Maureen Watt, Tricia Marwick, Nora Radcliffe, Dr Sylvia Jackson, Margo MacDonald, Shiona Baird, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Mark Ballard, Susan Deacon, Eleanor Scott, Chris Ballance, Margaret Smith, Robin Harper, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Frances Curran, Carolyn Leckie, Rosie Kane, Tommy Sheridan, Mr Mark Ruskell, Iain Smith

S2M-5405 Helen Eadie: Scotland Sends Congratulations to Bulgaria and Romania on Joining the European Union—That the Parliament extends a warm hand of friendship to Bulgaria and Romania in celebration of their joining the European Union from the beginning of January this year, noting the celtic connections between Bulgaria and Scotland in particular; recognises, at the same time, the challenges that we share being on the periphery of the European Union; hopes that we can make common endeavour to ensure that the voices of our people are collectively at the heart of policy-making discussion in the EU, and looks forward to sharing experience, knowledge and development between the people of our countries.

Supported by: Donald Gorrie, Cathie Craigie, Mr Frank McAveety, Marlyn Glen, Nora Radcliffe, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Robin Harper, Mr Jim Wallace, Eleanor Scott, Jackie Baillie*, Mr Kenneth Macintosh*, Scott Barrie*

S2M-5404 Helen Eadie: Preserve and Celebrate the Donald Dewar Room—That the Parliament invites the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body (SPCB) to consider that there is a great variety of visitors from home and abroad to the Scottish Parliament who regard their visit to the Donald Dewar Room, with its unique collection of books and memorabilia which belonged to Scotland’s first First Minister, as one of the highlights of their visit; encourages the SPCB to ensure that this room continues to be accessible at all times to visitors through prior arrangement with the Scottish Parliament Information Centre, currently the custodian of the key for the room, and finally celebrates the fact that the SPCB has facilitated provision of a wide variety of meeting and work rooms that can be booked by any parliamentarian or member of staff for quiet times of reflection or wider meetings with people from all across Scotland.

Supported by: Cathie Craigie, Mr Frank McAveety, Trish Godman, Jackie Baillie*, Marilyn Livingstone*

S2M-5403 Tommy Sheridan: Close Guantanamo Bay—That the Parliament notes that today, Thursday 11 January 2007, marks the fifth anniversary of the arrival of the first prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, the US-run detention and prison camp in Cuba; further notes that around 400 individuals are still detained in Guantanamo Bay prison camp without charges being laid against them and that many have been detained for years without charges or access to legal representation; believes that Guantanamo Bay prison camp represents an affront to democracy and a cruel abuse of human rights which further fuels the sense of hatred, injustice and inequality which often leads to acts of individual terrorism rather than being a useful tool in any way, shape or form against terrorism; believes that Guantanamo Bay represents a form of state terrorism by the United States of America and that it should be closed immediately with all individuals improperly detained entitled to hear charges brought against them with proper legal representation or be released; welcomes the screening of the documentary "Outlawed - Torture, Extraordinary Rendition and Disappearances in the "War on Terror"" in Committee Room 3 today, 11 January 2007, at 12:30 pm, and applauds the role of the American Civil Liberties Union in promoting this documentary.

Supported by: Campbell Martin, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Ms Sandra White, Eleanor Scott

S2M-5402 Tommy Sheridan: Condolences to Family of David Ervine—That the Parliament expresses its sincerest condolences to the family of David Ervine, the Progressive Unionist Party leader in Northern Ireland, who died suddenly on Monday 8 January 2007 aged only 53; pays tribute to the contribution that David Ervine made to the ongoing peace process in Northern Ireland, and believes that he will be sorely missed in Belfast and across Northern Ireland.

Supported by: Trish Godman, Karen Gillon, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Chris Ballance, Colin Fox, Murdo Fraser, Mr John Swinney, Ms Sandra White, Dr Elaine Murray, Donald Gorrie, Brian Adam, Eleanor Scott, Margaret Mitchell*

S2M-5401 Carolyn Leckie: Hospitals Need More Capacity—That the Parliament expresses concern that Wishaw General Hospital was forced to close to accident and emergency admissions due to lack of capacity and that neighbouring hospitals were placed under increased pressure; notes that other NHS board areas are also at full capacity, often causing long waits on trolleys and multiple transfers between departments for some patients; believes that, with an increasing elderly, dependent and sick population, NHS Lanarkshire’s plans to close emergency services and acute admissions at Monklands Hospital are inherently flawed, when experience demonstrates that an increase in capacity is needed, not a decrease; further believes that the burden of servicing two major PFI projects at a cost of £42.7 million in 2006-07, the second biggest spend on PFI in Scotland, compromises NHS Lanarkshire’s ability to organise services in the interests of patients and communities, and considers that the lack of capacity is compromising quality of care for patients and that a proper needs assessment of capacity and the resources to deliver that capacity is urgently required.

Supported by: Campbell Martin, Tommy Sheridan, Colin Fox, Rosie Kane, Frances Curran, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Donald Gorrie

S2M-5400 Margaret Mitchell: Covenanters’ Field, Bothwell—That the Parliament notes with concern the proposal by South Lanarkshire Council to allow house building on the last remnant of the battlefield of the Battle of Bothwell Bridge in 1679, known as Covenanters’ Field, which has been left virtually undisturbed for 327 years; further notes that Covenanters’ Field was given to the local authority by the Battle of Bothwell Bridge Commemoration Service Committee in the 1980s to be held for safekeeping and protection; welcomes the proposal put forward by Bothwell Community Council to relocate the Covenanters’ Monument to the field, to establish a garden of remembrance and to develop the field as a tourist attraction by creating a "Covenanters’ Trail" to commence at the field and follow the Clyde Valley through Dalserf Church and onwards to some of the other Covenanters’ sites, and calls on the local authority to reconsider its proposals in light of the historic importance and local community opposition to the development of the Covenanters’ Field.

Supported by: Eleanor Scott, Mr Andrew Arbuckle, Chris Ballance, Alex Johnstone, Mrs Nanette Milne, Murdo Fraser, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Ms Maureen Watt, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Mr Andrew Welsh, Michael McMahon, Donald Gorrie, Mr David Davidson, Phil Gallie, Mr Stewart Maxwell, Mr Jamie Stone, Mr Ted Brocklebank*

S2M-5399 Nicol Stephen: Further Education and Training Bill - UK Legislation—That the Parliament agrees that the relevant provisions of the Further Education and Training Bill, introduced in the House of Lords on 20 November 2006, relating to the devolved matters of training and employment, to alter the executive competence of the Scottish Ministers in respect of services to share information and assistance in relation to employment and training, and in respect of industrial training levies, should be considered by the UK Parliament.

Supported by: Allan Wilson

S2M-5398 Nicol Stephen: Consumers, Estate Agents and Redress Bill - UK Legislation—That the Parliament endorses the principle of giving consumers an effective voice as set out in the Consumers, Estate Agents and Redress Bill, introduced in the House of Lords on 16 November 2006, and agrees that the relevant provisions to achieve this end in the Bill should be considered by the UK Parliament.

Supported by: Allan Wilson

S2M-5394 Ms Rosemary Byrne: Climate Change Kills the Poor - Legal Change Can Make a Difference—That the Parliament condemns the latest statement from Tony Blair regarding air travel and climate change; notes that since Labour came to power the United Kingdom’s carbon emissions have increased by around 5%; notes that it is the poor of the world who will suffer most as climate change increases; also notes that diseases, including malaria and diarrhoea, will increase so that 185 million people in Africa alone could die as a direct result by 2100; recognises that droughts will worsen as water supplies for one sixth of the world’s population are at risk from glaciers melting, increasing the frequency and intensity of famines; further notes that flooding as a result of the rise in sea level will threaten 300 million people within decades, creating between 150 and 200 million environmental refugees; acknowledges that rich countries are responsible for 80% of the man-made increases in CO2 ; recognises that the average UK citizen causes in two and a half days as much CO2 emissions as a Malawian does in a year, and calls on the Scottish Executive to put pressure on the Westminster Government to ensure that the proposed climate change legislation has legally binding annual targets which include all aviation emissions.

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan, Chris Ballance, Mr Mark Ruskell, Eleanor Scott*

S2M-5393 Iain Smith: Woodland Trust Scotland Christmas Card Recycling Scheme—That the Parliament supports the Woodland Trust Scotland Christmas Card Recycling Scheme which runs from 2 to 31 January 2007 in conjunction with Waste Aware Scotland; urges people to help exceed last year’s Scottish recycled card record of 6.2 million by taking their cards to special recycling bins placed in participating WH Smith, Tesco and TK Maxx stores; encourages people who do not traditionally recycle their cards to participate in the scheme and to make recycling part of their daily lives, and notes that funds raised from the scheme will help to save woods and trees and will contribute towards the Woodland Trust’s Tree for All campaign which will see 12 million trees planted across the United Kingdom, involving a million children.

Supported by: Mr David Davidson, Nora Radcliffe, Alex Johnstone, Dave Petrie, Trish Godman, Roseanna Cunningham, Robin Harper, Frances Curran, Carolyn Leckie, Rosie Kane, Richard Lochhead, Christine May, Margaret Jamieson, Alex Fergusson, Mrs Nanette Milne, Karen Gillon, Margaret Smith, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Mike Pringle, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Bruce Crawford, Tricia Marwick, Mr Jim Wallace, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Murdo Fraser, Mike Rumbles, Jackie Baillie, Marlyn Glen, Mr Jamie Stone, Mr John Swinney, Dr Elaine Murray, Ms Sandra White, Mr Andrew Arbuckle, Mark Ballard, Donald Gorrie, Ms Maureen Watt

S2M-5392 Carolyn Leckie: Support Faslane 365—That the Parliament congratulates all those involved in organising and participating in the Faslane 365 campaign; recognises that this is a campaign of protest and civil disobedience in the cause of upholding international law against the barbaric Trident weapons of mass destruction; understands that protestors place themselves at risk of arrest only because the state refuses to uphold international law and instead arrests and prosecutes those who are attempting to uphold it on spurious and ironic charges of "breach of the peace"; believes that it is the existence of Trident that breaches international peace, and resolves to support Faslane 365 and all peaceful attempts to abolish Trident and to halt any replacement and the escalation of the arms race.

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan

S2M-5385*#* Margo MacDonald: Awareness of Coeliac Disease—That the Parliament is concerned that the average general practitioner has little or no experience of coeliac disease, an extremely debilitating illness that affects one in 100 of the population, of which seven out of eight are undiagnosed; regrets that the lack of knowledge of this condition prevents many people with coeliac disease from receiving early diagnosis, leading to serious complications such as osteoporosis and bowel cancer if left undetected; welcomes the work done by Coeliac UK in providing literature, advice, a helpline and dietary information to address this need, and *believes that* the Scottish Executive *should* promote such measures as it sees fit to ensure that GPs *in the Lothians and throughout Scotland* receive more appropriate training and support to enable them to recognise and to diagnose the disease more accurately.

Supported by: Mr David Davidson, Tommy Sheridan, Donald Gorrie, Mr Kenneth Macintosh

S2M-5380 Shona Robison: VAT on Fresh Fruit Juice—That the Parliament notes that VAT on fresh fruit juice is charged at the same rate as that payable on other soft drinks such as lemonade, other fizzy drinks and diluting squashes, many of which are high in sugar or artificial sweeteners, colouring and other additives; recognises the comments of European Commissioner, László Kovács, that the rate of VAT which could be applied to fresh fruit juices in the United Kingdom under the Sixth VAT Directive is a reduced rate of 5%, and urges the Scottish Executive to make representations to the UK Government that it should investigate the benefits of reducing VAT on fresh fruit juice to encourage children, in particular, to choose fresh fruit juices rather than less healthy drinks.

Supported by: Stewart Stevenson, Michael Matheson, Tommy Sheridan, Donald Gorrie

S2M-5379 Christine Grahame: Turning Up the Heat on Scottish Gas—That the Parliament condemns the announcement by Scottish Gas that it will introduce £5 fines for customers who fail to pay rising fuel bills within 28 days, despite the company making £4 million profit a day; notes the company’s growing customer dissatisfaction levels, with many customers refusing to pay on time due to inaccuracies in the way their bills have been calculated, and condemns the practice of bonuses paid to engineers who persuade often elderly customers into having sales staff in their homes to sell them heating systems that they do not require; notes that over one million customers left the company last year after it raised prices by 22%, and urges existing customers to vote with their feet and find an alternative supplier which can provide both value for money and good levels of customer service where they may save as much as £100 to £150 per year.

Supported by: Michael Matheson, Tommy Sheridan

S2M-5377 Donald Gorrie: The Donald Dewar Room—That the Parliament invites the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body to make better use of the Donald Dewar Room; notes that there is no adequate and congenial room in the Parliament available for quiet study, and suggests that the Donald Dewar Room be used as a quiet reading and writing room for MSPs and staff of all kinds, open at all reasonable hours, with no telephones, lap-tops or other equipment and with Donald Dewar’s books kept secure but available to borrow.

Supported by: David McLetchie, Mike Pringle, Rob Gibson, Alex Neil, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Colin Fox, Mr Jamie Stone, Robin Harper, Chris Ballance, Trish Godman, Ms Rosemary Byrne

S2M-5368# Paul Martin: Dennistoun Dispersal Order—That the Parliament welcomes the success of the dispersal order in the Dennistoun area of Glasgow; notes that the dispersal order has been widely welcomed by residents who live in the Dennistoun area; recognises the importance of ensuring that the legal remedies provided by the Antisocial Behaviour etc. (Scotland) Act 2004 are enforced; congratulates Strathclyde Police E Division on its commitment to ensuring that the dispersal order introduced on 13 October 2006 is a success, and believes that steps should be taken to ensure that a comprehensive exit plan is in place after the dispersal notice expires, that there is a local plan to ensure that local youth diversionary activities are in place and that an independent evaluation is carried out.

Supported by: Michael McMahon, Karen Whitefield, Ms Wendy Alexander, Dr Elaine Murray, Trish Godman, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Jackie Baillie, Scott Barrie, Margaret Jamieson, Mr Frank McAveety, Sarah Boyack, Dave Petrie, Maureen Macmillan, John Home Robertson

S2M-5363 Mr Tom McCabe: Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Bill: Financial Resolution—That the Parliament, for the purposes of any Act of the Scottish Parliament resulting from the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Bill, agrees to any expenditure of a kind referred to in paragraph 3(b)(iii) and any charge or payment of a kind referred to in paragraph 4 of Rule 9.12 of the Parliament’s Standing Orders arising in consequence of the Act.

S2M-5338 Hugh Henry: Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Bill.

Supported by: Robert Brown

S2M-5337 Cathy Jamieson: Criminal Proceedings etc. (Reform) (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees that the Criminal Proceedings etc. (Reform) (Scotland) Bill be passed.

Supported by: Johann Lamont

S2M-5334 Mr Tom McCabe: Prostitution (Public Places) (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Prostitution (Public Places) (Scotland) Bill.

Supported by: George Lyon

S2M-5079# Linda Fabiani: Home Smart—That the Parliament welcomes the home smart campaign by the Scottish Council for Single Homeless (SCSH) and its aim of ensuring that school leavers understand the issues surrounding homelessness and how to avoid it; commends those schools in the Central Scotland region which have committed themselves to participate; values the contribution made by organisations like SCSH in tackling homelessness, and calls for a renewed effort to end homelessness.

Supported by: Dennis Canavan, Tricia Marwick, Rob Gibson, Christine Grahame, Patrick Harvie, Frances Curran, Murray Tosh, Ms Maureen Watt, Fergus Ewing, Mr Adam Ingram, Donald Gorrie, Ms Sandra White, Nora Radcliffe, Stewart Stevenson, Alex Fergusson, Jim Mather, Mark Ballard, Eleanor Scott, Bruce Crawford, Richard Lochhead, Robin Harper, Mr David Davidson, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Mr Frank McAveety, Mrs Nanette Milne, John Swinburne, Mr Jamie Stone, Brian Adam, Trish Godman, Roseanna Cunningham, Chris Ballance, Karen Whitefield, Shiona Baird

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S2M-5372 Agency Workers (lodged on 21 December 2006) Marlyn Glen*

S2M-5370 Involving Young People in Community Councils (lodged on 21 December 2006) Chris Ballance*

S2M-5366# Nominated Neighbour Scheme (lodged on 20 December 2006) Michael McMahon*

S2M-5359# Cervical Cancer and the HPV Vaccine (lodged on 20 December 2006) Dave Petrie*

S2M-5357 Recognition and Support for Carers (lodged on 20 December 2006) Eleanor Scott*

S2M-5301 Solidarity with the Victims of the Pinochet Dictatorship (lodged on 11 December 2006) Michael McMahon*

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