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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-5636 Donald Gorrie: False Birthday Card Scam—That the Parliament is concerned that the methods used by the promoters of schemes to induce the public to apply for alleged free gifts, usually involving expensive phone calls, have reached a new low of sending individuals convincing-looking birthday cards with around eight to 10 apparently hand-written good wishes and signatures on one inside page and a promotion for the alleged free gifts, linked to repeated birthday wishes, on the other; urges promoters to give up such a deceitful way of securing more customers, and asks relevant regulatory bodies to press the promoters to give it up.

*S2M-5635 Irene Oldfather: Donaldson’s College—That the Parliament welcomes the presence of Donaldson’s College in Holyrood on Thursday 22 February 2007; recognises the work of Donaldson’s College in providing specialist education and support to children and young people who are either deaf or who have communication difficulties, and wishes the college well with its move to new bespoke premises in Linlithgow, allowing it to continue to provide such services to a wider catchment of students and to enhance its reputation as a leader in bilingual education.

*S2M-5634 Mrs Nanette Milne: Congratulations to CRANES, Aberdeen—That the Parliament congratulates the CRANES (Cancer Research Aberdeen and North East Scotland) charity on raising over £100,000 towards a two-year study into the benefits of eating berries, dried fruit and fish to fight cancer; notes that the north east has the highest level of bowel cancer in the United Kingdom, and further notes that the study will allow the University of Aberdeen, in collaboration with researchers from the Rowett Research Institute, to carry out an in-depth study.

Supported by: Murdo Fraser*, Mr Ted Brocklebank*, Brian Adam*, Mr David Davidson*, Shiona Baird*, Tommy Sheridan*, Mike Rumbles*, Eleanor Scott*

*S2M-5633 Iain Smith: Switching to Energy-Saving Light Bulbs—That the Parliament notes that the Australian government has announced plans to phase out the sale of incandescent light bulbs in favour of fluorescent energy-saving bulbs; further notes that it is estimated that this measure will reduce household lighting bills by 66% and reduce Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions by four million tonnes by 2015; notes the provision of free energy-efficient light bulbs for some low-income groups as part of the Scottish Executive’s Warm Deal programme and the availability of reduced-cost energy-saving bulbs from many utility companies; encourages all those who use incandescent light bulbs to switch to fluorescent energy-saving bulbs as part of the fight against climate change, and calls on the Executive to consider further ways to accelerate the full uptake of energy-saving light bulbs in Scotland.

Supported by: Margaret Smith*, Mr Jim Wallace*, Mike Pringle*, Mr Andrew Arbuckle*

*S2M-5632 Cathy Jamieson: Custodial Sentences and Weapons (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees that the Custodial Sentences and Weapons (Scotland) Bill be passed.

Supported by: Johann Lamont*

*S2M-5631 Hugh Henry: Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees that the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Bill be passed.

Supported by: Robert Brown*

*S2M-5630 Ross Finnie: Aquaculture and Fisheries (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees that the Aquaculture and Fisheries (Scotland) Bill be passed.

Supported by: Sarah Boyack*

*S2M-5629 Mr Tom McCabe: Prostitution (Public Places) (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees that the Prostitution (Public Places) (Scotland) Bill be passed.

Supported by: George Lyon*

*S2M-5628 Cathy Jamieson: Rights of Relatives to Damages (Mesothelioma) (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees that the Rights of Relatives to Damages (Mesothelioma) (Scotland) Bill be passed.

Supported by: Johann Lamont*

*S2M-5627 Chris Ballance: Dialogue on Tibet—That the Parliament urges the government of the People’s Republic of China and the representatives of Tibet’s government in exile, notwithstanding their differences on Tibet’s historical relationship with China, to continue their dialogue in a forward-looking manner that will lead to pragmatic solutions that respect the Chinese constitutional framework and the territorial integrity of China and fulfil the aspirations of the Tibetan people for a unified and genuinely autonomous Tibet.

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan*, Mike Pringle*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Rob Gibson*, Linda Fabiani*, Ms Maureen Watt*, Brian Adam*, Eleanor Scott*, Mr Andrew Arbuckle*

*S2M-5626 Donald Gorrie on behalf of the Procedures Committee: Scottish Commission for Public Audit—That the Parliament notes the Procedures Committee’s 10th Report, 2006 (Session 2), Scottish Commission for Public Audit and agrees that the changes to Standing Orders set out in Annexe A to the report be made with effect from the day after the Parliament is dissolved at the end of the current session.

*S2M-5625 Mr Tom McCabe: The Draft Local Governance (Scotland) Act (Allowances and Expenses) Regulations 2007—That the Local Government and Transport Committee recommends that the draft Local Governance (Scotland) Act (Allowances and Expenses) Regulations 2007 be approved.

Supported by: George Lyon*

*S2M-5624 Nicol Stephen: The Draft Renewables Obligation (Scotland) Order 2007—That the Enterprise and Culture Committee recommends that the draft Renewables Obligation (Scotland) Order 2007 be approved.

Supported by: Allan Wilson*

*S2M-5623 Rhona Brankin: The Draft Town and Country Planning (Marine Fish Farming) (Scotland) Order 2007—That the Communities Committee recommends that the draft Town and Country Planning (Marine Fish Farming) (Scotland) Order 2007 be approved.

Supported by: Des McNulty*

*S2M-5622 Cathy Jamieson: The Draft Civil Legal Aid (Financial Conditions) (Scotland) Regulations 2007—That the Justice 2 Committee recommends that the draft Civil Legal Aid (Financial Conditions) (Scotland) Regulations 2007 be approved.

Supported by: Johann Lamont*

*S2M-5621 Ross Finnie: The Draft National Waste Management Plan for Scotland Regulations 2007—That the Environment and Rural Development Committee recommends that the draft National Waste Management Plan for Scotland Regulations 2007 be approved.

Supported by: Sarah Boyack*

*S2M-5620 Cathy Jamieson: The Draft Advice and Assistance (Financial Conditions) (Scotland) Regulations 2007—That the Justice 2 Committee recommends that the draft Advice and Assistance (Financial Conditions) (Scotland) Regulations 2007 be approved.

Supported by: Johann Lamont*

*S2M-5619 Cathy Jamieson: The Draft Advice and Assistance (Financial Limit) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007—That the Justice 2 Committee recommends that the draft Advice and Assistance (Financial Limit) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007 be approved.

Supported by: Johann Lamont*

*S2M-5617.1 Bill Aitken: Affordable Housing—As an amendment to motion (S2M-5617) in the name of Rhona Brankin, leave out from "welcomes" to end and insert "recognises that the private and public rental and purchase sectors are under considerable pressure and are not able to keep up with the high demand for affordable housing, especially in rural areas; is alarmed that last year first-time buyer activity reached its lowest level in 25 years; regrets that the Lib-Lab pact has failed to enable Scottish tenants to take advantage of housing stock transfer and, over the last year, has overseen four "no" votes in Edinburgh, Stirling, Renfrewshire and the Highlands and welcomes the Scottish Conservatives’ support for housing stock transfer and the continuation of tenants’ right to buy their local authority homes; is opposed to the proposal for the single seller survey as it "will cause difficulties for disadvantaged buyers and sellers, who may be on low incomes and/or be buying or selling low-value properties in areas of low demand", as highlighted by the Scottish Consumer Council, and considers that the single seller survey is based on an inadequate pilot and is an unnecessary and costly intervention in a sensitive market."

Supported by: Dave Petrie*, Mr David Davidson*

*S2M-5617.2 Tricia Marwick: Affordable Housing—As an amendment to motion (S2M-5617) in the name of Rhona Brankin, leave out from "welcomes" to end and insert "notes that between 1999 and 2004 fewer houses were built for social rent under the Labour/Liberal Democrat government than in 1995 under the Conservative government and that waiting lists and those presenting as homeless are at record levels; notes the failure of the Scottish government to keep the promises made to Glasgow tenants on second stage stock transfer, and considers that this Scottish government has failed to adequately address the housing crisis in Scotland."

Supported by: Linda Fabiani*

*S2M-5613.1 Johann Lamont: Double Jeopardy—As an amendment to motion (S2M-5613) in the name of Miss Annabel Goldie, leave out from "agrees" to end and insert "recognises the issue of the double jeopardy rule in the operation of the criminal justice system; recognises that this issue must not be seen in isolation, but instead should be considered within the wider context of the Scottish Executive’s ongoing reform and modernisation programme; commends the Executive’s commitment to placing the needs of victims at the heart of the criminal justice system and its achievements over the last four years in fundamentally modernising and reforming that system, including the introduction of the Victim Information and Advice Service across Scotland and the Victim Notification Scheme, and further recognises that any decision on the future of double jeopardy should be taken within the context of Scots law."

Supported by: Cathy Jamieson*

S2M-5604*#* Dennis Canavan: International Workers’ Memorial Day—That the Parliament recognises International Workers’ Memorial Day on 28 April and *believes that there should be* widespread recognition of it throughout Scotland to commemorate all the workers who have lost their lives in the course of their employment and to highlight the need to improve standards of health and safety at work.

Supported by: Dr Jean Turner*

S2M-5601*#* Cathy Peattie: Future For Our Post Offices—That the Parliament welcomes the statement by the Future for Our Post Office campaign, a diverse range of stakeholder groups including the Communication Workers Union, the National Federation of SubPostmasters, Age Concern and the National Pensioners’ Convention; is concerned about the impact that current UK Government proposals will have on post office services to the public across Scotland, both in towns such as Grangemouth and Bo’ness and in smaller communities such as Brightons, especially for vulnerable groups in rural and urban deprived areas; notes that the role of the Scottish Parliament and the regional assemblies is part of the consultation being undertaken; believes that there should be a greater role and remit for the Scottish Executive and Scottish Parliament in respect of Post Office Ltd and more devolved and local accountability regarding post office provision, and believes that the Executive should make a submission in support of this to the current DTI consultation, calling also for the UK Government to (a) provide additional funding for the entire post office network, (b) enhance the products and services on offer to customers, (c) ensure that the post office is the shop front for national and Scottish government services, (d) extend the Social Network Payment to include additional funding for the urban deprived network and crown post offices, (e) establish a more functional replacement product for the post office card account that tackles financial exclusion, to be run and operated through Post Office Ltd, (f) improve and strengthen proposed access criteria so that these genuinely meet the needs of local communities in Scotland, (g) prevent further avoidable closures of rural and highland post offices and (h) ensure that a significant national network of crown post offices has a central role in Post Office Ltd’s future strategy.

Supported by: Jackie Baillie*, Cathie Craigie*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Nora Radcliffe*, Robin Harper*, Frances Curran*, Dr Elaine Murray*, Carolyn Leckie*, Helen Eadie*, Christine Grahame*, Bill Butler*, Kate Maclean*, Elaine Smith*, Mike Pringle*, Mrs Mary Mulligan*, Mr Adam Ingram*, Dr Jean Turner*, Colin Fox*, Mr Andrew Arbuckle*

*S2M-5598.1 Fergus Ewing: Road Tolling—As an amendment to motion (S2M-5598) in the name of Mr David Davidson, insert at end, "believes further that full fiscal powers should be transferred to the Scottish Parliament in respect of taxation of motorists; notes that levels of taxation levied on motorists by successive Labour and Conservative governments have consistently been, or been among, the highest in Europe; considers that a variety of measures is needed to tackle levels of congestion, including more use of park and ride schemes as well as the use of flexible working and home working, and supports the further expansion of public transport in Scotland to provide people in Scotland with more alternatives to car use."

*S2M-5598.2 Tavish Scott: Road Tolling—As an amendment to motion (S2M-5598) in the name of Mr David Davidson, leave out from "opposes" to end and insert "welcomes the Scottish Executive’s massive increase in funding for public transport since 1999; notes the growing problem of traffic congestion in Scotland and the impact this has on the economy and the impact of pollution on health and the environment; notes the lack of an alternative from the opposition parties to tackling congestion; notes that the Executive does not support penalising motorists, and believes that the potential benefits of all new measures to tackle congestion, such as road user charging, need to fully assessed, tested and evaluated in order to keep Scotland moving."

Supported by: Ms Margaret Curran*

*S2M-5598.3 Mark Ballard: Road Tolling—As an amendment to motion (S2M-5598) in the name of Mr David Davidson, leave out from "opposes" to end and insert "notes that traffic congestion creates a huge burden for society in terms of delays, ill-health and social exclusion; notes that "the CBI estimates that the costs to employers of transport congestion are around £20 billion a year"; recognises that any long-term strategy to reduce congestion and climate changing pollution will require the provision of quality public transport alternatives to car use together with a sensible and appropriate system of demand management; notes the failure of the Scottish Executive to provide leadership over the City of Edinburgh Council’s proposal for a congestion charging scheme and the Executive’s plans for massive investment in new road capacity; notes that new road capacity has been shown to generate more traffic; notes that studies indicate that the introduction of nationwide road pricing is at least 10 years away; therefore calls on ministers to work with regional transport partnerships to consider the introduction of congestion charging and smart charge schemes at specific pinch points and congested areas of the road network, and believes that, in the immediate term, the Executive must reallocate funding for new road schemes to invest in public transport and cancel plans for new trunk roads that will generate increased traffic such as the M74 extension and the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route."

Supported by: Mr Mark Ruskell*

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S2M-5618 Bus Connectivity in Scotland and the Competition Commission (lodged on 20 February 2007) Brian Adam*, Christine May*, Murdo Fraser*

S2M-5616 Congratulations to the National Westminster Bank, Powergen, the AA, Esure and SAGA (lodged on 20 February 2007) Christine May*

S2M-5615 They Suffered So That We Might Vote (lodged on 20 February 2007) Marlyn Glen*, Christine May*, Christine Grahame*, Eleanor Scott*, Jackie Baillie*, Mark Ballard*

S2M-5614# Lochgelly Welcomes Fife Women’s Technology Centre (lodged on 20 February 2007) Jackie Baillie*

S2M-5611 Keith Bypass (lodged on 20 February 2007) Ms Maureen Watt*, Mr Jamie McGrigor*, Dr Jean Turner*

S2M-5609# Unfair Annual Railway Season Ticket Charging Policy (lodged on 20 February 2007) Robin Harper*, Eleanor Scott*

S2M-5606 Junior Chamber International (lodged on 19 February 2007) Nora Radcliffe*, Dr Jean Turner*

S2M-5605 Congratulations to Craig Murray, New Rector of the University of Dundee (lodged on 19 February 2007) Frances Curran*, Tommy Sheridan*

S2M-5600 Government’s Decision to Pursue a Programme of New Nuclear Power Stations - "Unlawful" (lodged on 16 February 2007) Fiona Hyslop*, Chris Ballance*, Shiona Baird*, Ms Maureen Watt*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Bruce Crawford*, Mr Stewart Maxwell*, Dr Jean Turner*

S2M-5599 Success for the University of Edinburgh (lodged on 15 February 2007) Dr Jean Turner*

S2M-5596# Celebrating Success (lodged on 14 February 2007) Frances Curran*, Dr Jean Turner*

S2M-5592 Unicef Report on Child Poverty Shames UK (lodged on 14 February 2007) Dr Jean Turner*

S2M-5584 Against Bullying in the Workplace (lodged on 14 February 2007) Dr Jean Turner*

S2M-5576 Congratulations to the Highland Mountain Culture Association (lodged on 13 February 2007) Dr Jean Turner*

S2M-5575 Growing Up with Loch Leven (lodged on 13 February 2007) Dr Jean Turner*

S2M-5573 Scottish Power Meter Madness (lodged on 13 February 2007) Dr Jean Turner*

S2M-5571 Not Value for Money - Not Fit for Purpose (lodged on 12 February 2007) Dr Jean Turner*

S2M-5569 Investment in Building Affordable Rented Homes (lodged on 8 February 2007) Stewart Stevenson*, Dr Jean Turner*

S2M-5566# The Battle of Prestonpans, 1745 (lodged on 8 February 2007) Dr Jean Turner*

S2M-5538 Maintenance Contracts for Senior Citizens’ Central Heating Systems (lodged on 5 February 2007) Ms Maureen Watt*

S2M-5532 Shadow Round for European Funding (lodged on 2 February 2007) Nora Radcliffe*, Frances Curran*, Dr Jean Turner*

S2M-5519# Time to Act (lodged on 31 January 2007) Frances Curran*

S2M-5491 Scotland’s Window on Europe (lodged on 26 January 2007) Dr Jean Turner*

S2M-5411 4th Edinburgh International Festival of Middle Eastern Spirituality and Peace (lodged on 12 January 2007) Frances Curran*, Dr Jean Turner*

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