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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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

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New and altered motions and amendments

*S2M-5724 Shiona Baird: Real Nappy Week—That the Parliament welcomes the launch on Sunday 11 March 2007 of Real Nappy Week, an annual event to encourage the use of real nappies, to engage with parents and to enable them to make informed choices about the nappies that their babies use; congratulates, in addition to the coordinators of Real Nappy Week, the Women’s Environmental Network (WEN), and the sponsors, Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP), the many parents across Scotland who have chosen to use real washable nappies instead of disposables; notes that across the United Kingdom some eight million disposable nappies go to landfill each day, where they will remain for years, and that this represents a serious environmental issue as well as a waste of the resources used in the manufacture of the nappies; further notes therefore that, in addition to the financial savings of around £500 per child, there are also very significant environmental benefits to be gained through the use of real nappies instead of disposables, and calls on the Scottish Executive to increase the resources available to local authority-run real nappy voucher schemes and to encourage across Scotland the use of real nappies in the interests of parents and children now and in the future.

*S2M-5723 Chris Ballance: Creative Scotland—That the Parliament congratulates this year’s winners of the Scottish Arts Council Creative Scotland Awards: Peter Arnott (Glasgow), Henry Coombes (Glasgow), Linda Cracknell (Aberfeldy, Perthshire), Jonathan Falla (Cupar, Fife), Kenny Hunter (Glasgow), John Maxwell Geddes (Glasgow), May Miles Thomas (Edinburgh), Tom Pow (Dumfries), Ross Sinclair (Helensburgh, Dunbartonshire) and Simon Yuill (Glasgow); recognises that Scotland’s artists were at the vanguard of the campaign for a Scottish Parliament, and celebrates the breadth and diversity of creative talent in Scotland today.

*S2M-5722u Helen Eadie: Bid to Increase Financial Limits for Small Claims—That the Parliament welcomes the work of colleagues at Westminster who have ensured that there is pressure on the banking sector and commends the decision by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) last year to limit customer charges by credit card providers; notes recent developments taking place across the United Kingdom with regard to penalty charges being reclaimed by thousands of bank customers who continue to make successful claims; regrets that in very many cases constituents in Dunfermline and across Scotland are being compelled to take out claims in the sheriff courts to conclude their cases against their banks; expresses serious concern that the claims are adding considerable pressures to the workload of the sheriff courts; hopes that the Scottish Executive will urgently examine the pressure on Scotland’s sheriff courts and deliberate carefully on the fact that many constituents are being seriously disadvantaged by the fact that the court system, with the limits of £750 for small claims actions and £1,500 for summary cause actions, has prevented thousands of them legitimately reclaiming significant sums of money from the banks across Scotland which have made record profits in the last year; considers that the Executive should urgently revisit the decision to limit small claims to £750 and summary cause claims to £1,500, recognising that these limits have not changed for more than 10 years; believes that the Executive should reflect on the fact that, if it does not act without delay, it will actively prevent many claimants across Scotland from reclaiming money illegally taken from their accounts; hopes that the Executive will seek meetings with the OFT as a matter of urgency to ensure that in the preparation of the report on which the OFT is currently working it will address the concerns of constituents and the situation in respect of Scotland’s banks, and finally congratulates the Penalty Charges Forum, which has worked voluntarily, professionally and tirelessly to ensure that single parents, nurses, youth leaders, students and many others have returned to them some of the illegal charges which have been withdrawn from their bank accounts without their authorisation in the pursuit by banks to ruthlessly maximise their profits.

*S2M-5721 Cathy Peattie: Future of the Digital Spectrum—That the Parliament notes the proposals for the disposal of the digital spectrum, largely by sale to the highest bidder, when it is released as a result of the cessation of analogue television; is concerned about the inadequacy of proposed safeguards regarding its future use; notes that, among the potential uses of this digital dividend, there are many which have significant implications for devolved issues, particularly for the cultural content of programming, for news coverage of Scottish current affairs, for Scottish creative industries and for other aspects of the Scottish economy; further notes that there is great potential for use of the digital spectrum at a more localised level, and believes that the digital dividend should be used to strengthen and extend the public service use of the spectrum by ensuring that capacity is reserved on digital multiplexes throughout Scotland to enable the growth of local and new Scottish television channels.

Supported by: Malcolm Chisholm*

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S2M-5720 Myasthenia Gravis Association (lodged on 7 March 2007) Mr David Davidson*, Alex Neil*

S2M-5718 Hospital Car Parking Charges - a Pay Cut for NHS Staff? (lodged on 7 March 2007) Ms Sandra White*, Ms Maureen Watt*, John Swinburne*, Mr David Davidson*, Alex Neil*

S2M-5717 Congratulations to St Mary’s Nursery School, Kirkintilloch (lodged on 7 March 2007) Tommy Sheridan*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Chris Ballance*

S2M-5714 Mary Slessor Centenary (lodged on 7 March 2007) Mr Andrew Welsh*, Fiona Hyslop*, Tommy Sheridan*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Dr Jean Turner*, Shiona Baird*, Mr David Davidson*, Michael Matheson*

S2M-5713 Concerns over "Son of Star Wars" (lodged on 6 March 2007) Tommy Sheridan*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Dr Jean Turner*, Shiona Baird*

S2M-5700 Recognition of Kinship Carers (lodged on 6 March 2007) Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Bill Aitken*, Dr Jean Turner*

S2M-5699 RMT Signallers’ Dignity in Face of Management Intransigence (lodged on 6 March 2007) Dr Jean Turner*

S2M-5698 Ferguson’s Shipyard in Port Glasgow (lodged on 6 March 2007) Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Helen Eadie*, Tommy Sheridan*, Cathie Craigie*, Mr Stewart Maxwell*, Shiona Baird*, Dr Jean Turner*, Mr Frank McAveety*, John Swinburne*, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton*, Marilyn Livingstone*, Dave Petrie*, Mr David Davidson*

S2M-5696# Congratulations to Glasgow Save Our Homes Campaign (lodged on 5 March 2007) Dr Jean Turner*

S2M-5694 Save Ferguson’s Shipyard (lodged on 5 March 2007) Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Dr Jean Turner*

S2M-5688# A Review of Scotland’s Response to Flooding (lodged on 5 March 2007) Dr Jean Turner*, Michael Matheson*

S2M-5687 Congratulations to the Scottish Drugs Forum (lodged on 2 March 2007) Dr Jean Turner*

S2M-5686u Executive to Deliver on Hospital Car Parking Charges Pledge? (lodged on 5 March 2007) Dr Jean Turner*

S2M-5685 Edinburgh Airport Rail Link Bill (lodged on 2 March 2007) Mr Jamie McGrigor*

S2M-5684 3rd Report, 2007 (Session 2) of the Edinburgh Airport Rail Link Bill Committee, Report on the Edinburgh Airport Rail Link Bill and European Protected Species (lodged on 2 March 2007) Mr Jamie McGrigor*

S2M-5683 2nd Report, 2007 (Session 2) of the Edinburgh Airport Rail Link Bill Committee, Appropriate Assessment Report on the Firth of Forth Special Protection Area (lodged on 2 March 2007) Mr Jamie McGrigor*

S2M-5682# Ending of Exemptions for Water and Sewerage Charges for Smaller Voluntary Organisations (lodged on 1 March 2007) Dr Jean Turner*, Fergus Ewing*

S2M-5681 Congratulations to Scottish Museum of Lead Mining (lodged on 1 March 2007) Dr Jean Turner*

S2M-5677 "Make a Fresh Start" on No Smoking Day (lodged on 1 March 2007) Iain Smith*, Tommy Sheridan*, Dr Jean Turner*

S2M-5676 Reporting and Dealing with Intimidation (lodged on 1 March 2007) Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Chris Ballance*

S2M-5675 Congratulations to Scottish Filmmakers (lodged on 28 February 2007) Margaret Mitchell*

S2M-5672 Royal National Lifeboat Institution (lodged on 28 February 2007) Iain Smith*, Dr Jean Turner*, Chris Ballance*

S2M-5668 Scotch Whisky - Matured to be Enjoyed Responsibly (lodged on 27 February 2007) Iain Smith*, Dr Jean Turner*

S2M-5637# Changing Places (lodged on 22 February 2007) Mr Ted Brocklebank*, Mr John Swinney*

S2M-5618 Bus Connectivity in Scotland and the Competition Commission (lodged on 20 February 2007) Tricia Marwick*

S2M-5569 Investment in Building Affordable Rented Homes (lodged on 8 February 2007) Mr Andrew Welsh*

S2M-5504 One Step Beyond Campaign (lodged on 29 January 2007) Dr Jean Turner*

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