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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-5557 Maureen Macmillan: CAB Blended Learning—That the Parliament congratulates the CAB service on the launch of its innovative Blended Learning Project in the Highlands and Islands; notes that this three-year pilot will use interactive DVDs and e-mentoring to make training more accessible, more flexible and more enjoyable for volunteers, and considers that such projects are vital to ensure that people in rural areas, those with caring responsibilities and those with different patterns of work can still contribute their expertise and enthusiasm to important local voluntary services.

*S2M-5556 Jackie Baillie: If it is "Scotch" it must be Scottish—That the Parliament welcomes the recent vote by an influential group of Members of the European Parliament, on the Committee for Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, to support proposals that will ensure stronger legal protection for Scotch whisky at a European Union level; applauds the Scotch Whisky Association’s efforts to improve this area of law; further welcomes the news that this will better protect traditional practices within the whisky industry and improve the international protection of "Scotch Whisky" as a geographical indication; believes that this is crucial to allowing the whisky industry to tackle unfair and misleading practices overseas, and encourages the Scottish Executive to play its part in making certain that to be "Scotch" it must be Scottish.

*S2M-5555 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Membership of Committee—That the Parliament agrees that Malcolm Chisholm be appointed to replace Dr Elaine Murray on the Finance Committee.

Supported by: George Lyon*

*S2M-5554 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exclusions and Exceptions) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2007 be approved.

Supported by: George Lyon*

*S2M-5553 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees that consideration of the Rights of Relatives to Damages (Mesothelioma) (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2 be completed by 23 February 2007.

Supported by: George Lyon*

*S2M-5552 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 14 February 2007

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 Proceedings: Budget (Scotland) (No.4) Bill

followed by Executive Debate: Taking the NHS Local

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 15 February 2007

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Solidarity Group Business

followed by Independent Group Business

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time—

Education, Tourism, Culture and Sport;

Finance and Public Services and Communities

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

2.55 pm Stage 3 Proceedings: Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Bill

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 21 February 2007

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Executive Business

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 22 February 2007

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party Business

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time—

Environment and Rural Development;

Health and Community Care

2.55 pm Executive Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Supported by: George Lyon*

*S2M-5551 Mr Tom McCabe: Budget (Scotland) (No.4) Bill—That the Parliament agrees that the Budget (Scotland) (No.4) Bill be passed.

Supported by: Ms Margaret Curran*, Mr Jack McConnell*, George Lyon*, Nicol Stephen*

*S2M-5550 Michael Matheson: Cork It Campaign - Worthy of Support—That the Parliament notes the increasing problem of underage drinking that affects many local communities across Scotland; recognises the serious health dangers to young people engaged in underage drinking and the associated social problems experienced in communities affected by it; believes that government requires an effective national strategy to reduce underage drinking and that greater inter-agency co-operation between health services, the police and local government should play an important part in tackling the problem at a local level; welcomes the Cork It! campaign, launched by the Falkirk Herald to help stop underage drinking, and recognises that such local campaigns have an important part to play in changing young people’s attitude towards alcohol.

*S2M-5549 Fiona Hyslop: Early Years Education, Development and Care—That the Parliament believes that early years education, care and development support for our youngest children can provide firm foundations for later life and that there needs to be an increase in pace and attention in terms of delivery for the early years in Scotland; further believes that Scotland needs a 10-year strategy for care, development and education in the early years; recognises the vital role that nursery nurses play in delivery of this service as part of a team approach to early years services; calls for a 50% increase in free nursery education with access to a nursery teacher for all children; condemns the Scottish Executive for falling two years behind England and Wales in the provision of nursery education despite the fact that resources have been made available through the Barnett formula, and calls on ministers to offer an explanation.

*S2M-5548 Margaret Mitchell: Cork It—That the Parliament congratulates the Falkirk Herald on the launch of Cork It!, a campaign aimed at addressing the problems caused by underage drinking; acknowledges that the issues surrounding underage drinking are diverse and pervasive; recognises the misery that underage drinking can inflict on communities; welcomes the support of Central Scotland Police and NHS Forth Valley for this campaign; considers that everyone has a role to play in discouraging the binge-drinking culture that resulted in the death of Neil Forrester, aged 15 from Larbert, who was killed by a hit-and-run driver when he staggered into the middle of the road after consuming alcohol purchased for him by a 22-year-old adult, and encourages communities both in central Scotland and throughout Scotland to actively support similar campaigns seeking to tackle and eliminate underage drinking.

*S2M-5547 Margo MacDonald: Potential Closure of Scottish Mining Museum—That the Parliament urges the Scottish Executive to offer support, including funding if necessary, to the Scottish Mining Museum at Newtongrange which is threatened with closure, in light of the debt of gratitude owed to mining communities throughout Scotland and the respect owed to the memory of the many mining families who sacrificed safety and comfort in the service of their country.

*S2M-5503.1 Derek Brownlee: The Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2007—As an amendment to motion (S2M-5503) in the name of Mr Tom McCabe, insert at end "but, in so doing, considers that the accountability of both the Scottish Executive and local authorities for their role in determining the level of the council tax, and the impact on services provided, would be strengthened by a more transparent budget process with a reduced level of "ring fencing" of grants to local authorities by the Executive."

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S2M-5546 Justice for the Shrewsbury 24 (lodged on 5 February 2007) Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Colin Fox*

S2M-5545# Happy 150th Birthday to the Greenock Telegraph (lodged on 5 February 2007) Mr Brian Monteith*, Trish Godman*

S2M-5544 Support for the Bolivarian Socialist Republic of Venezuela (lodged on 5 February 2007) Campbell Martin*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*

S2M-5542 Equal Treatment for Expatriate Pensioners (lodged on 5 February 2007) John Swinburne*, Robin Harper*, Carolyn Leckie*, Colin Fox*, Rosie Kane*

S2M-5540 Kintore Station (lodged on 5 February 2007) Robin Harper*, Murdo Fraser*, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton*, Brian Adam*

S2M-5539 Recognition for the Work of the Holocaust Educational Trust (lodged on 5 February 2007) Mr Stewart Maxwell*, Murray Tosh*, Mr Kenneth Macintosh*

S2M-5538 Maintenance Contracts for Senior Citizens’ Central Heating Systems (lodged on 5 February 2007) Robin Harper*, Ms Sandra White*, Rosie Kane*, Frances Curran*, Carolyn Leckie*, Colin Fox*, Chris Ballance*

S2M-5537 Fatal Accident at Delny Level Crossing, Ross-shire (lodged on 5 February 2007) Eleanor Scott*, Peter Peacock*, Mr Jamie Stone*, Mr Charlie Gordon*, Helen Eadie*, Robin Harper*, Marilyn Livingstone*, Trish Godman*, Nora Radcliffe*, Mr Kenneth Macintosh*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Dave Petrie*, Mr John Swinney*

S2M-5536 Impact of Pfizer’s Change of Wholesale Practice on Scottish Pharmacies (lodged on 2 February 2007) Tricia Marwick*, Jim Mather*, Alex Neil*, Mr Kenny MacAskill*, John Swinburne*, Rob Gibson*, Christine Grahame*, Mr Stewart Maxwell*, Ms Sandra White*, Fiona Hyslop*

S2M-5535 Forth and Tay Road Bridges Tolls (lodged on 5 February 2007) Fergus Ewing*

S2M-5534 Congratulations to Howe of Fife Under-18s (lodged on 2 February 2007) Mr Andrew Arbuckle*

S2M-5533 IPCC - Fourth Assessment Report (lodged on 2 February 2007) Carolyn Leckie*, Rosie Kane*

S2M-5531 Save the Simclar Workers (lodged on 1 February 2007) Colin Fox*, Rosie Kane*

S2M-5530 Congratulations to Friends of the Refugees Ayrshire (lodged on 1 February 2007) Rosie Kane*

S2M-5529 Congratulation to Jay Saunderson and SCOPE (lodged on 1 February 2007) Rosie Kane*

S2M-5525# Switch Off Energy Debt (lodged on 1 February 2007) Tricia Marwick*, Elaine Smith*, Robin Harper*, Murray Tosh*, Rosie Kane*, Frances Curran*, Carolyn Leckie*, Trish Godman*, Colin Fox*, Mr Adam Ingram*, Ms Wendy Alexander*

S2M-5524 RNIB Scotland: Visual Impairment and Learning Disabilities (lodged on 1 February 2007) Trish Godman*

S2M-5523# Making our Transport Fit for Purpose (lodged on 1 February 2007) Euan Robson*, Mr Jamie Stone*

S2M-5521# Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (lodged on 31 January 2007) Michael McMahon*, Tricia Marwick*, Elaine Smith*, David McLetchie*

S2M-5519# Time to Act (lodged on 31 January 2007) Nora Radcliffe*, Rosie Kane*

S2M-5518 National Status for Scots Charities (lodged on 31 January 2007) Mr Stewart Maxwell*

S2M-5513 Scottish Environment Week (lodged on 30 January 2007) Tricia Marwick*

S2M-5512 Positive Lives: Positive Response to HIV (lodged on 30 January 2007) Eleanor Scott*, Marlyn Glen*

S2M-5505 Congratulations to Scotland’s Latest World Champion (lodged on 29 January 2007) Tricia Marwick*

S2M-5501# Awareness of Long-Term Conditions (lodged on 30 January 2007) Tricia Marwick*

S2M-5500 Action on Positional Plagiocephaly (lodged on 29 January 2007) Tricia Marwick*

S2M-5499 Anstruther Fish Bar (lodged on 29 January 2007) Tricia Marwick*

S2M-5497 WRVS (lodged on 29 January 2007) Tricia Marwick*

S2M-5495 Beating Bowel Cancer - 8th Loud Tie Campaign (lodged on 26 January 2007) Tricia Marwick*

S2M-5489 Bell Baxter High School (lodged on 26 January 2007) Tricia Marwick*

S2M-5483 Depleted Uranium Weapons (lodged on 25 January 2007) Patrick Harvie*

S2M-5474 New Museum and Visitor Attraction Dedicated to Robert Burns (lodged on 25 January 2007) Tricia Marwick*

S2M-5458# Autism Parliamentary Network (lodged on 23 January 2007) Tricia Marwick*, Mr Jamie Stone*

S2M-5447 Controlled Emission Toilets on 158 Trains (lodged on 22 January 2007) Fergus Ewing*

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

S2M-5437# Television Coverage of Scottish Football (lodged on 18 January 2007) Tricia Marwick*

S2M-5409 Scots Language Dictionaries (lodged on 12 January 2007) Mr Andrew Arbuckle*, Rosie Kane*

S2M-5385# Awareness of Coeliac Disease (lodged on 9 January 2007) Michael McMahon*, Tricia Marwick*

S2M-5380 VAT on Fresh Fruit Juice (lodged on 9 January 2007) Tricia Marwick*

S2M-5307 Support for Prescribing of Tysabri for MS Sufferers in Scotland (lodged on 12 December 2006) Tricia Marwick*

S2M-5222 Solidarity with Simclar Workers (lodged on 23 November 2006) Tommy Sheridan*

S2M-5195 Scottish Football Association Hall of Fame (lodged on 20 November 2006) Tricia Marwick*

S2M-5178 Congratulations on the Organising for Fighting Unions Conference (lodged on 16 November 2006) Tommy Sheridan*

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