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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-5669 Des McNulty: Dealing with Illegal Money Lenders—That the Parliament condemns the activities of illegal money lenders who prey on and exploit vulnerable individuals and communities; welcomes the Scottish Executive’s determination to work in partnership with the UK Government to tackle illegal lending through enforcement and by developing new approaches, such as the successful illegal money lending task force pilots, and supports the Executive’s activity to help affected individuals by increasing affordable credit from credit unions, by improving the availability of money advice, through citizens’ advice, local authority trading standards departments and other organisations which provide invaluable help to those with unmanageable debt, and by extending financial education in schools and in other settings such as the workplace and the community.

Supported by: Johann Lamont*

*S2M-5668 Jackie Baillie: Scotch Whisky - Matured to be Enjoyed Responsibly—That the Parliament congratulates the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) for its work with Alcohol Focus Scotland in addressing the problem of alcohol misuse; welcomes the SWA’s Code of Practice for the Responsible Marketing and Promotion of Scotch Whisky, and applauds the partnership of Scotch Whisky distillers, producers and retailers in their commitment to the development of responsible drinking messages, the promotion of improved alcohol education in the home, school and workplace, the implementation of a zero-tolerance approach to the illegal purchase of alcohol, the creation of a national awareness week, and the piloting by individual companies of low-alcohol alternatives, in order to foster a culture which recognises the benefits of responsible consumption.

*S2M-5667 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Prostitution (Public Places) (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees that, during Stage 3 of the Prostitution (Public Places) (Scotland) Bill, debate on groups of amendments shall, subject to Rule 9.8.4A, be brought to a conclusion by the time limit indicated, each time limit being calculated from when the Stage begins and excluding any periods when other business is under consideration or when a meeting of the Parliament is suspended (other than a suspension following the first division in the Stage being called) or otherwise not in progress:

Group 1: 15 minutes

Group 2: 40 minutes.

Supported by: George Lyon*

*S2M-5666 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Aquaculture and Fisheries (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees that, during Stage 3 of the Aquaculture and Fisheries (Scotland) Bill, debate on groups of amendments shall, subject to Rule 9.8.4A, be brought to a conclusion by the time limit indicated, each time limit being calculated from when the Stage begins and excluding any periods when other business is under consideration or when a meeting of the Parliament is suspended (other than a suspension following the first division in the Stage being called) or otherwise not in progress:

Groups 1 and 2: 35 minutes

Groups 3 and 4: 1 hour 5 minutes

Groups 5, 6 and 7: 1 hour 20 minutes.

Supported by: George Lyon*

*S2M-5665 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 7 March 2007

10.00 am Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 Proceedings: Christmas Day and New Year’s Day Trading (Scotland) Bill

2.30 pm Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish National Party Business

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 8 March 2007

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 Proceedings: Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Bill

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time—

Finance and Public Services and Communities;

Education, Tourism, Culture and Sport

2.55 pm Conclusion of Stage 3 Proceedings: Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Bill

followed by Legislative Consent Motion: Serious Crime Bill – UK Legislation

followed by Standards and Public Appointments Committee Motion on Breach of the Code of Conduct for Members of the Scottish Parliament

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 14 March 2007

10.00 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 Proceedings: Schools (Health Promotion and Nutrition) (Scotland) Bill

2.30 pm Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Final Stage: Edinburgh Airport Rail Link Bill

followed by Standards and Public Appointments Committee Debate: Report on Code of Conduct for MSPs

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 15 March 2007

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Stage 3 Proceedings: Custodial Sentences and Weapons (Scotland) Bill

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time—

Health and Community Care;

Environment and Rural Development

2.55 pm Conclusion of Stage 3 Proceedings: Custodial Sentences and Weapons (Scotland) Bill

followed by Procedures Committee Debate: 10th Report 2006, Scottish Commission for Public Audit

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Supported by: George Lyon*

*S2M-5664 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following revisions to the programme of business for Wednesday 28 February and Thursday 1 March 2007—

(a) Wednesday 28 February 2007

delete,

5.00 pm Decision Time

and insert,

5.30 pm Decision Time

and;

(b) Thursday 1 March 2007

after,

2.55 pm Stage 3 Proceedings: Aquaculture and Fisheries (Scotland) Bill

delete,

followed by Procedures Committee Debate: 10th Report 2006, Scottish Commission for Public Audit

Supported by: George Lyon*

*S2M-5663 Mark Ballard: Save Meadowbank Stadium—That the Parliament expresses concern at the proposed demolition of Meadowbank Stadium, home to the Commonwealth Games of 1970 and 1986; notes that stadia in Berlin, Helsinki, Stockholm and Los Angeles have all been successfully refurbished and all are older than Meadowbank Stadium; notes that the proposed transfer of the stadium to Sighthill would mean that two running tracks, the other at nearby Saughton, would sit on the west of the city, while stadium users from eastern and central Edinburgh would be expected to make a round journey of up to 12 miles and users from East Lothian would largely be excluded on the grounds of travel time and travel expense; rejects the loss of Scotland’s sporting heritage, Meadowbank having been home to Liz McColgan’s first Commonwealth title in 1986 and Lachie Stewart’s Commonwealth 10,000 metres victory over Ron Clarke in 1970 to name but two iconic performances, as well as being the training ground of Yvonne Murray, former European 3,000 metres Champion; notes that Meadowbank Stadium is home to Edinburgh Southern Harriers, currently the best women’s athletics club in the United Kingdom, having won last season’s UK League, a most notable feat for a Scottish club; notes the concerns of football clubs that use Sighthill Park for training; notes the objections of thousands of users, who have signed an ongoing petition, as well as coaches and their athletes who fear loss of facilities at a vital time in their preparations for 2012 Olympics and 2014 Commonwealth Games; notes that the current public consultation does not extend to whether or not local people want the stadium demolished but only consults on ideas for the site when demolition is complete; rejects the logic that new facilities can only be funded by the sell-off of existing facilities; notes that this proposal is at odds with need to tackle Scotland’s appalling health record and growing obesity problem, and calls on the City of Edinburgh Council to work with the Scottish Executive to restore the neglected stadium as it is part of our national sporting heritage.

*S2M-5662 Patrick Harvie: Mediation Awareness Roadshow—That the Parliament congratulates Scottish Mediation Network on the launch of its mediation awareness roadshow and acknowledges the huge contribution mediation can make in problem solving in a wide range of public arenas, such as the health service, the planning system and neighbour and community disputes, and in family conflict, workplace differences, business and commercial disagreements, disputes about additional support needs and conflicts in schools; appreciates that mediation should always be considered before using the last resort of litigation and calls for independent, impartial and external mediation to be available for everyone working in the Parliament as a model for other workplaces, and calls on the Scottish Executive to recognise the contribution that mediation can make to civic society in every way possible.

Supported by: Rosie Kane*, Eleanor Scott*, Rob Gibson*, Robin Harper*, Shiona Baird*, Christine Grahame*, Stewart Stevenson*

*S2M-5661 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Transfer of Functions, Property, Rights and Liabilities from the Strathclyde Passenger Transport Executive to the Strathclyde Passenger Transport Authority Order 2007 be approved.

Supported by: George Lyon*

*S2M-5660 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Mental Health (Safety and Security) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007 be approved.

Supported by: George Lyon*

*S2M-5659 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Regulation of Care (Scotland) Act 2001 (Minimum Frequency of Inspections) Order 2007 be approved.

Supported by: George Lyon*

*S2M-5658 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Approval of SSI—That the Parliament agrees that the draft Budget (Scotland) Act 2006 Amendment Order 2007 be approved.

Supported by: George Lyon*

*S2M-5657 Ms Rosemary Byrne: Condolences to all at Pennyvenie—That the Parliament notes the tragedy that occurred on Monday 26 February 2007 at Pennyvenie Opencast Coal Mine at Dalmellington which resulted in the deaths of two workers and unites in sending its condolences to their families, friends and workmates and all those involved in the tragedy.

Supported by: Margaret Mitchell*, Murray Tosh*, Campbell Martin*, Phil Gallie*, Colin Fox*, Tommy Sheridan*, Mr Adam Ingram*, Rosie Kane*, Mr David Davidson*, Frances Curran*, Chris Ballance*, Eleanor Scott*

*S2M-5655.1 Alex Johnstone: The Future of Scotland’s Organic Farming—As an amendment to motion (S2M-5655) in the name of Sarah Boyack, insert at end "but also recognises the high quality, environmental and welfare standards achieved by most Scottish farmers using a range of traditional methods."

*S2M-5655.2 Richard Lochhead: The Future of Scotland’s Organic Farming—As an amendment to motion (S2M-5655) in the name of Sarah Boyack, insert at end "but believes that, as many of the targets in the current Organic Action Plan have only been partially met, it is time for a new updated organic action plan that encourages a more balanced basket of healthy, locally grown organic produce, and pledges to use public procurement to promote organic produce, to communicate the benefits to consumers and to minimise the bureaucracy associated with organic production."

Supported by: Rob Gibson*

*S2M-5655.3 Mr Mark Ruskell: The Future of Scotland’s Organic Farming—As an amendment to motion (S2M-5655) in the name of Sarah Boyack, insert at end "and further commits to the production of a revised and strengthened organic action plan to include ambitious targets for increased land area and market penetration, prioritised support for the organic sector through land management contracts, grants and support for local supply chain development, including a review of barriers to further growth across the sector, an organic public procurement strategy adopting the successful "Food for Life" standards across the public sector, a communication strategy to engage with the public about the benefits of organic food and farming, strengthened advisory support and a review of SEERAD’s research and development strategy."

Supported by: Eleanor Scott*

S2M-5637*#* Jackie Baillie: Changing Places—That the Parliament recognises that around 3,500 people in Scotland with profound and multiple learning disabilities, as well as many thousands of other disabled people, cannot use standard accessible toilets and require public toilets with enough space for disabled people and their carers along with the right equipment, including a height adjustable changing bench and a hoist; notes the positive examples of facilities in the Meadow Centre in Dumbarton and in the Vale of Leven leisure centre; supports the Changing Places Campaign, launched by the Changing Places Consortium of MENCAP, PAMIS (Promoting a More Inclusive Society), Dumfries and Galloway Council, Nottingham City Council, the Valuing People Support Team and the Scottish Executive’s "Same As You" team, which is calling for more of these toilets to be installed in public places to enable disabled people and their carers to be active citizens, and notes that the Cross Party Group on Learning Disability welcomes all efforts, including those of the Parliament, to ensure that provision is made for people with profound and multiple learning disabilities.

Supported by: Patrick Harvie*, Bill Butler*, Margaret Jamieson*, Rosie Kane*, Robin Harper*, Alex Neil*, Trish Godman*, Eleanor Scott*, Mrs Mary Mulligan*, Murray Tosh*, Frances Curran*

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S2M-5653# Fairtrade (lodged on 26 February 2007) Helen Eadie*, Tricia Marwick*, Shiona Baird*, Bill Butler*, Jackie Baillie*, John Scott*, Jim Mather*, Maureen Macmillan*, Mr Charlie Gordon*, Bruce Crawford*, Fiona Hyslop*, Marlyn Glen*, Carolyn Leckie*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Dr Sylvia Jackson*, Patrick Harvie*, Trish Godman*, Dennis Canavan*, Frances Curran*

S2M-5651 Living Streets (lodged on 23 February 2007) Chris Ballance*, Rob Gibson*, Shiona Baird*, Mr Jamie Stone*, Carolyn Leckie*, Eleanor Scott*, Robin Harper*, Frances Curran*

S2M-5649 Condemnation of North Ayrshire Council (lodged on 23 February 2007) John Swinburne*, Colin Fox*

S2M-5648 Shop Locally - Use it or Lose it Campaign (lodged on 23 February 2007) Tricia Marwick*, Rob Gibson*, John Swinburne*, Eleanor Scott*

S2M-5645 Groupcall Message Alert System for Parents of School Children (lodged on 22 February 2007) Margaret Mitchell*, Carolyn Leckie*

S2M-5644 Orange and Vodafone Working Together (lodged on 22 February 2007) Margaret Mitchell*

S2M-5643 Sale of Weir Pumps (lodged on 22 February 2007) Dr Sylvia Jackson*

S2M-5604# International Workers’ Memorial Day (lodged on 19 February 2007) Chris Ballance*

S2M-5599 Success for the University of Edinburgh (lodged on 15 February 2007) Mr Brian Monteith*

S2M-5597 Diageo’s Proposal for New Malt Whisky Distillery in Moray (lodged on 15 February 2007) Eleanor Scott*

S2M-5596# Celebrating Success (lodged on 14 February 2007) Chris Ballance*

S2M-5591 Scottish NHS Treatment and Care of Former Servicemen and Women (lodged on 14 February 2007) John Scott*, Stewart Stevenson*, Rob Gibson*, John Swinburne*, Murray Tosh*, Mr Jamie Stone*, Euan Robson*, Paul Martin*, Mr Kenny MacAskill*, Tricia Marwick*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Campbell Martin*, Phil Gallie*, Mr Adam Ingram*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Dr Elaine Murray*, Robin Harper*, Dr Sylvia Jackson*, Margaret Jamieson*, Mrs Mary Mulligan*, Brian Adam*, Chris Ballance*, Bill Butler*, Margaret Mitchell*, Jackie Baillie*

S2M-5582 Location of Creative Scotland (lodged on 14 February 2007) Mr Brian Monteith*

S2M-5564 Increasing the Use of the Donald Dewar Room (lodged on 8 February 2007) Chris Ballance*

S2M-5563# ME Charities’ Response to DWP Guidance on ME/CFS (lodged on 7 February 2007) Carolyn Leckie*

S2M-5536 Impact of Pfizer’s Change of Wholesale Practice on Scottish Pharmacies (lodged on 2 February 2007) Rosie Kane*

S2M-5532 Shadow Round for European Funding (lodged on 2 February 2007) Chris Ballance*

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