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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-5439 Shona Robison: Protect the Use of Xolair for Asthma Sufferers—That the Parliament regrets the decision by the Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC) not to recommend the use of Xolair for people with severe allergic asthma; notes that, for 90% of people with asthma, their asthma symptoms should be controllable if they are on the right levels of existing asthma drugs but, for those who have difficult-to-control asthma and continue to experience poor quality of life and continuous symptoms, Xolair is the only treatment that may be able to reduce the impact of asthma on their lives by reducing symptoms and hospitalisation; notes that Xolair has been shown to reduce emergency admissions to hospital, reduce asthma exacerbations, improve lung function and improve quality of life, and urges the SMC to reconsider its decision not to recommend Xolair in Scotland, a drug which has been described by Donna Covey, Chief Executive of Asthma UK, as "the only hope that some people in Scotland currently have."

*S2M-5438 Mr Andrew Welsh: Glenesk: The Collected Works of John Angus, 1906-1968—That the Parliament offers its congratulations to Niall Angus, son of late Montrose native, John Angus, on securing the publication of a collection of poems by his father in the centenary year of his father’s birth; further notes that, while John (Jock) Angus may be best remembered for his poem "Genesis", his love of his native Angus was known to many and he has been treasured and quoted by Angus folk over the years, and also congratulates all Scots who are attempting to reunite us with our language, literature and history.

*S2M-5437♦ Mr Bruce McFee: Television Coverage of Scottish Football—That the Parliament considers that the Scottish Executive should exert all its influence on BBC Scotland to ensure that the corporation provides television coverage of every Scotland national football team match; believes that, in light of the sporting and cultural importance of the national team, this issue should be highlighted every time the Executive meets BBC Scotland, and further believes that members of the public in the west of Scotland would benefit from the matches being shown on terrestrial television.

*S2M-5436 Karen Whitefield: Christmas Day and New Year’s Day Trading (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees that the Christmas Day and New Year’s Day Trading (Scotland) Bill be passed.

*S2M-5435 Mr Andrew Arbuckle: Roslin Institute—That the Parliament congratulates the team of research scientists based at the Roslin Institute, Midlothian, for their groundbreaking work in producing chickens that, through genetic modification, have the capability to support the production of drugs to fight against cancer and other life-threatening diseases; considers that this development should lead to the greater availability of less expensive drugs for use in combating a number of the major diseases affecting societies throughout the world, and further notes that this breakthrough confirms the international status of the Roslin Institute at the cutting edge of scientific research.

*S2M-5430 Colin Fox: RMT Union Signal Workers’ Dispute—That the Parliament notes the decision of RMT signal workers in Scotland who are employed by Network Rail to ballot for strike action over the company’s failure to implement a 35-hour working week agreement; believes that, although the agreement is being implemented across the rest of Britain, management in Scotland has reneged on its side of the deal and is attempting to enforce longer working hours and take rest day entitlements away from employees who often work in arduous conditions; extends its full support to RMT union members, and hopes that the strike can be averted by management’s return to the negotiating table and that a satisfactory outcome can therefore be reached on the issue.

Supported by: Chris Ballance*, Carolyn Leckie*, Tommy Sheridan*, Campbell Martin*, Frances Curran*, Rosie Kane*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*

*S2M-5429 Scott Barrie: ScottishPower Climate Change Initiative—That the Parliament welcomes the initiative from Scottish Power to provide DVD copies of former US Vice President Al Gore’s climate change film, An Inconvenient Truth, to all Scotland’s secondary schools and congratulates Scottish Power and the Scottish Executive for working in partnership to help raise awareness of the threat of climate change among Scotland’s young people.

*S2M-5428 Mr Ted Brocklebank: Edinburgh Charity Fashion Show—That the Parliament congratulates students from the University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh College of Art and the Scottish Agricultural College, organisers of the Edinburgh Charity Fashion Show, the largest student-run fashion show in the United Kingdom, on the show’s success in raising over £125,000 for cancer-related charities and wishes the fashion show team all the best for this year’s show which will raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support and is due to take place on 9 and 10 March 2007.

Supported by: Dave Petrie*, Carolyn Leckie*, Phil Gallie*, Shiona Baird*, Mr Jamie McGrigor*, Fergus Ewing*, Fiona Hyslop*, Frances Curran*, Robin Harper*, Rosie Kane*, Karen Gillon*, Eleanor Scott*, Alex Fergusson*, Murray Tosh*, Mr Kenneth Macintosh*, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*

*S2M-5427 Cathy Jamieson: Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Bill - UK Legislation—That the Parliament agrees that the relevant provisions of the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Bill, introduced in the House of Lords on 16 November 2006, (a) relating to the establishment of a new Tribunals Service and an Administrative Justice and Tribunals Council and (b) providing immunity from seizure for international works of art on loan to exhibitions in this country, so far as these matters fall within the legislative competence of the Scottish Parliament, should be considered by the UK Parliament.

Supported by: Johann Lamont*

*S2M-5426 Iain Smith: Congratulations and Best Wishes to Bell Baxter High School Rugby Team—That the Parliament congratulates Bell Baxter High School Rugby team on being the first state school to reach the final of the Scottish Schools Rugby Championship for 10 years and wishes the team and its players every success in the final.

*S2M-5339.1 Ms Rosemary Byrne: Schools (Health Promotion and Nutrition) (Scotland) Bill—As an amendment to motion (S2M-5339) in the name of Hugh Henry, insert at end "but, in so doing, believes that, in order to promote healthy eating and improve the diet of the nation, universal free school meals should be provided for all nursery, primary and secondary school pupils in the public sector, and calls on the Scottish Executive to bring forward appropriate amendments at Stage 2 to this effect."

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S2M-5425# School Transport Safety (lodged on 16 January 2007) Christine Grahame*, Shiona Baird*, Mrs Nanette Milne*, Mr David Davidson*, Brian Adam*, Dave Petrie*

S2M-5424 Stick Up for the PCS Union (lodged on 16 January 2007) Colin Fox*

S2M-5419 Visit to Scotland by Al Gore (lodged on 16 January 2007) Mr Kenneth Macintosh*, Chris Ballance*, Cathie Craigie*, Ms Wendy Alexander*, Jackie Baillie*, Marilyn Livingstone*, Dave Petrie*, Rosie Kane*, Karen Whitefield*

S2M-5418 Bicentenary of the Abolition of Slave Trade (lodged on 16 January 2007) Christine Grahame*

S2M-5413 Electric Shock Training Collars for Dogs (lodged on 15 January 2007) Christine Grahame*, Tommy Sheridan*

S2M-5412 Condemn Sacking of 650 by NCR Dundee (lodged on 12 January 2007) Christine Grahame*

S2M-5411 4th Edinburgh International Festival of Middle Eastern Spirituality and Peace (lodged on 12 January 2007) Christine Grahame*

S2M-5403 Close Guantanamo Bay (lodged on 10 January 2007) Christine Grahame*

S2M-5393 Woodland Trust Scotland Christmas Card Recycling Scheme (lodged on 9 January 2007) Christine Grahame*

S2M-5385# Awareness of Coeliac Disease (lodged on 9 January 2007) Dr Sylvia Jackson*

S2M-5380 VAT on Fresh Fruit Juice (lodged on 9 January 2007) Christine Grahame*

S2M-5375 Commemoration of the 1806 Stotfield Fishing Disaster (lodged on 4 January 2007) Christine Grahame*

S2M-5359# Cervical Cancer and the HPV Vaccine (lodged on 20 December 2006) Dr Sylvia Jackson*

S2M-5241 Launch of the White Ribbon Campaign (lodged on 28 November 2006) Mr John Swinney*

S2M-5064 Make School Make Sense (lodged on 31 October 2006) Mike Rumbles*, Roseanna Cunningham*

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