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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-5447 Mr Jamie Stone: Controlled Emission Toilets on 158 Trains—That the Parliament notes with disappointment that the planned refurbishment of the Class 158 trains used on the Far North Line will not include the fitting of controlled emission toilets; further notes that this will mean the continuation of the discharge of raw sewage on to the track, with resulting heath and safety implications; believes that in 2007 rail passengers should not be welcomed to the station by the sight and smell of raw sewage, and therefore calls on Scottish Ministers and First ScotRail to use the opportunity of the planned refurbishment of the Far North Line trains to fit controlled emission toilets.

*S2M-5446 Dr Elaine Murray: Recommendations of Joint Administrators of Farepak Food and Gifts Limited—That the Parliament notes the publication on 18 January 2007 of BDO Stoy Hayward’s statement to creditors of Farepak Food and Gifts Limited; notes that unsecured creditor claims are estimated at £46 million and that the dividend payment to these creditors is estimated at 5p in the pound; notes the recommendation of the joint administrators that Farepak should move to creditors’ voluntary liquidation and that a liquidator has wider powers of investigation than an administrator to take legal action against third parties, which could lead to further funds being released to creditors; notes also the proposal that a creditors’ committee be created, and hopes that the recommendations of the joint administrators will be supported by customers of Farepak in pursuance of their demands to know what happened to their money.

*S2M-5445 Campbell Martin: James Watt College—That the Parliament is very concerned about the current situation at James Watt College, where debts are reported to be around £6 million and the threat of redundancy hangs over many valuable members of staff; considers that the current situation is a result of decisions taken by the former college principal, Mr Bill Wardle, and the board of management; believes, therefore, that a payment of around £130,000 to Mr Wardle is inappropriate and can only be seen as a reward for failure; further considers that current proposals to address the problems at the college, including reducing teaching staff costs, would equate to staff being punished for the failure of management; recognises that such proposals would ultimately lead to redundancies, an increased workload for the staff that remain and a diminution of the quality of education provided to students, and therefore calls on the Scottish Executive to ensure that sufficient funding and support is provided to James Watt College to ensure that there are no compulsory redundancies among staff and that students are not adversely affected by the failures visited on the college by the former principal and the board of management.

*S2M-5444# Dr Elaine Murray: Threat to Crichton Campus in Dumfries—That the Parliament recognises and applauds the success of the Crichton university campus in Dumfries over the past seven years and the contribution made by all stakeholders involved in this unique partnership; is therefore concerned that the University of Glasgow is considering reducing its presence on the campus and possibly withdrawing from the site; notes that the University of Glasgow is considering this action because of an £800,000 annual shortfall in running its campus at the Crichton, and considers that the Scottish Funding Council should assist the University of Glasgow to maintain its presence at its Dumfries site and that the University of Glasgow should defer making any decision to reduce its presence or to withdraw from the site until after this year’s spending review and the forthcoming review of higher education funding.

*S2M-5443 Colin Fox: British Airways Cabin Crew Strike Vote—That the Parliament notes with concern the threatened strike action by British Airways (BA) cabin crew over new company demands on sickness leave that they believe force them to work despite being ill; believes that the strength of feeling in the workforce was amply demonstrated by a union ballot last week which saw 96% vote in favour of strike action on the issue; regrets that the latest talks between the Transport and General Workers’ Union and the company have broken down, but calls on BA to take up the union’s offer of further talks aimed at avoiding a damaging dispute and reaching an agreement on changes to the current sickness leave arrangements.

*S2M-5442 George Lyon: The Draft Scottish Parliament (Disqualification) Order 2007—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Scottish Parliament (Disqualification) Order 2007 be approved.

Supported by: Ms Margaret Curran*

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S2M-5440 Harthill Medical Practice (lodged on 19 January 2007) Mr Kenny MacAskill*, Shona Robison*, Mr Adam Ingram*, Rob Gibson*, Robin Harper*, Ms Sandra White*, Brian Adam*, Alex Neil*, Tommy Sheridan*, Chris Ballance*, John Swinburne*, Dr Jean Turner*

S2M-5439 Protect the Use of Xolair for Asthma Sufferers (lodged on 18 January 2007) Mr Adam Ingram*

S2M-5438 Glenesk: The Collected Works of John Angus, 1906-1968 (lodged on 18 January 2007) Mr Adam Ingram*

S2M-5437♦ Television Coverage of Scottish Football (lodged on 18 January 2007) Mr Adam Ingram*, Dr Jean Turner*

S2M-5436 Christmas Day and New Year’s Day Trading (Scotland) Bill (lodged on 18 January 2007) Michael McMahon*

S2M-5430 RMT Union Signal Workers’ Dispute (lodged on 18 January 2007) Dr Jean Turner*

S2M-5429 ScottishPower Climate Change Initiative (lodged on 18 January 2007) Malcolm Chisholm*, Marlyn Glen*, Mrs Mary Mulligan*, Pauline McNeill*

S2M-5428 Edinburgh Charity Fashion Show (lodged on 18 January 2007) Mr Adam Ingram*, Dr Jean Turner*, Mr Brian Monteith*

S2M-5426 Congratulations and Best Wishes to Bell Baxter High School Rugby Team (lodged on 18 January 2007) Stewart Stevenson*

S2M-5419 Visit to Scotland by Al Gore (lodged on 16 January 2007) Dr Jean Turner*

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

S2M-5414# Fair Parking for the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh (lodged on 15 January 2007) Dr Jean Turner*

S2M-5413 Electric Shock Training Collars for Dogs (lodged on 15 January 2007) Chris Ballance*

S2M-5406# Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender History Month (lodged on 10 January 2007) Dr Jean Turner*

S2M-5400 Covenanters’ Field, Bothwell (lodged on 10 January 2007) Robin Harper*

S2M-5385# Awareness of Coeliac Disease (lodged on 9 January 2007) Mr Jamie Stone*, David McLetchie*

S2M-5287 Trident Renewal Debate (lodged on 6 December 2006) Mr Bruce McFee*

S2M-5241 Launch of the White Ribbon Campaign (lodged on 28 November 2006) Mr Ted Brocklebank*, Mr Stewart Maxwell*

S2M-5206# School Inspections (lodged on 21 November 2006) Chris Ballance*

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