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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-5757 Pauline McNeill: Supporting Scotland’s Only Subway—That the Parliament welcomes plans by Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) to expand the Glasgow underground network, which would enhance public transport for many parts of Glasgow that are currently not served by the underground; notes that the system was last modernised 30 years ago; further notes that the underground is a popular mode of transport for Glaswegians and visitors to Glasgow, and believes that Scotland’s only underground system is an integral part of the transport system and that its expansion to the east of Glasgow would enhance both Glasgow’s and the wider Scottish economy by providing an efficient and convenient way of joining up journeys.

*S2M-5756 Shona Robison: The National Health Service (Charges for Drugs and Appliances) (Scotland) Regulations 2007—That the Health Committee recommends that nothing further be done under the National Health Service (Charges for Drugs and Appliances) (Scotland) Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/139).

*S2M-5755 Stewart Stevenson: Pi Day—That the Parliament recognises 14 March (3/14 when written in the US convention) to be international Pi Day and also the birthday of the famous theoretical physicist, Albert Einstein; further recognises that the mathematical constant Pi (π), which has a numerical value approximately equal to 3.14159 and represents the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter, is one of the most significant numbers in mathematics with countless uses in engineering and physics and numerous practical applications within the construction, manufacturing, engineering, telecommunications and computing industries, and further recognises the intellectual intrigue provided by the number for mathematicians and mathematics enthusiasts in Scotland and throughout the world, since its first calculation by the Babylonians several thousand years ago, and the entitlement of such people to a day to celebrate their arithmetical passion for this, one of the few numbers to have been proved to be transcendental and for which there is thus no possible algebraic expression.

Supported by: Robin Harper*, Rosie Kane*

*S2M-5754 Ms Sandra White: Thinking Outside the Box—That the Parliament extends its full support to Outside the Box for its campaign to encourage people with learning difficulties and people with autism to take part in the Scottish elections; congratulates it on being awarded a grant from the Electoral Commission to produce a resource pack to achieve this, and believes that for too long many people have been left out of the electoral process and that every effort should be made to help everyone in society to have their voice heard in order to make the future Scottish Parliament as representative of its people and their needs as possible.

Supported by: Linda Fabiani*, Fergus Ewing*, Elaine Smith*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Mrs Nanette Milne*, Eleanor Scott*, Nora Radcliffe*, Mr Adam Ingram*, Carolyn Leckie*, Fiona Hyslop*, Alex Neil*

*S2M-5753 Irene Oldfather: Together Since 1957 - 50th Anniversary of the Treaty of Rome—That the Parliament acknowledges that 25 March 2007 marks the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome which established the European Economic Community, now the European Union, and represented a decisive step away from the turmoil of world war and towards the building of a modern peaceful Europe; recognises the benefits that the last 50 years have brought member states in terms of freedom, democracy, prosperity, jobs and growth; appreciates that European citizens now have access to a single market, easier travel across EU borders, opportunities to study across Europe, access to EU regional aid such as the structural funds programme which has benefited many Scottish communities, improved regional policy, gender equality and better consumer rights; is aware that there are many events taking place across Europe to mark this important anniversary and encourages Scottish people to participate; notes that the European institutions have agreed that celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary and Spring Day in Europe on 9 May should focus on Europe’s young people, and agrees that it is appropriate, when celebrating the freedom, peace and prosperity that the EU has achieved so far, to look to the next 50 years in Europe and consider what kind of Europe its citizens and, in particular, its young citizens, wish for the future.

*S2M-5752 Christine Grahame: The Poverty Premium—That the Parliament expresses its deep concern that some 240,000 children live in poverty and that the poorest families pay higher prices for basic necessities such as fuel and banking as the costs incurred in purchasing such goods and services can amount to a poverty premium of around £1,000, representing some 9% of the disposable income of an average-sized family; affirms that only an independent parliament, with full powers over the economy, tax and benefits, can tackle endemic poverty, but in the meantime calls on the Scottish government, within its limited powers, to demand that the power companies and banks introduce practices which assist those on low incomes rather than punish them.

*S2M-5751 Jackie Baillie: Single Status in Argyll and Bute Council—That the Parliament expresses disappointment with Argyll and Bute Council for its policy regarding the implementation of its single status agreement; notes that many council employees will lose a substantial level of earnings, with some losing as much as 28% of their current salary; believes that the impact of the proposal falls disproportionately on low-paid staff, particularly women; recognises the strength of opinion against the council’s proposals, and urges the council to increase its proposed budget for funding the agreement to minimise the detrimental impact among its staff.

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S2M-5750 Say No to Fluoridation of Scotland’s Water Supply (lodged on 13 March 2007) Nora Radcliffe*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Carolyn Leckie*, Frances Curran*

S2M-5745 Congratulations to WOZA (lodged on 13 March 2007) Mr Adam Ingram*

S2M-5732 Support for Micropower (lodged on 13 March 2007) Mrs Mary Mulligan*, Nora Radcliffe*, Elaine Smith*, Dr Elaine Murray*, Peter Peacock*, Jackie Baillie*

S2M-5731 Learning About Long-Term Conditions (lodged on 13 March 2007) Dave Petrie*, Shona Robison*, Bruce Crawford*, Mr David Davidson*, Eleanor Scott*, John Scott*, Linda Fabiani*, Carolyn Leckie*, Ms Maureen Watt*, Shiona Baird*, Murdo Fraser*, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton*

S2M-5729# Welcome for the First of Midlothian’s 1,000 New Council Houses (lodged on 12 March 2007) Carolyn Leckie*

S2M-5728 ICC Cricket World Cup (lodged on 12 March 2007) Nora Radcliffe*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Bill Aitken*

S2M-5726# Crichton Campus and the University of Glasgow (lodged on 9 March 2007) Fergus Ewing*, Alex Fergusson*, Derek Brownlee*, Richard Lochhead*, Brian Adam*, Ms Sandra White*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Rob Gibson*, Jim Mather*, Ms Maureen Watt*, Bruce Crawford*, Murray Tosh*, Phil Gallie*, Fiona Hyslop*, Alex Neil*

S2M-5725# Malawi (lodged on 9 March 2007) Mr Kenneth Macintosh*, Dr Sylvia Jackson*, Christine May*, Fergus Ewing*, Mr Jim Wallace*, Chris Ballance*, Bill Aitken*, Dennis Canavan*

S2M-5723 Creative Scotland (lodged on 8 March 2007) Fergus Ewing*

S2M-5722# Bid to Increase Financial Limits for Small Claims (lodged on 8 March 2007) Mr Kenneth Macintosh*, Mr David Davidson*

S2M-5716 Promoting Race Equality through Education (lodged on 7 March 2007) Pauline McNeill*, Cathie Craigie*, Patrick Harvie*, Fiona Hyslop*, Marlyn Glen*, Linda Fabiani*, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton*, Carolyn Leckie*, Mr Adam Ingram*

S2M-5714 Mary Slessor Centenary (lodged on 7 March 2007) Fergus Ewing*, Linda Fabiani*

S2M-5713 Concerns over "Son of Star Wars" (lodged on 6 March 2007) Linda Fabiani*

S2M-5700 Recognition of Kinship Carers (lodged on 6 March 2007) Nora Radcliffe*

S2M-5698 Ferguson’s Shipyard in Port Glasgow (lodged on 6 March 2007) Fergus Ewing*, Linda Fabiani*

S2M-5691 Rural Postcodes (lodged on 5 March 2007) Robin Harper*, Stewart Stevenson*, Rob Gibson*, Tommy Sheridan*, Brian Adam*, Richard Lochhead*, Ms Maureen Watt*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Carolyn Leckie*, Mr Adam Ingram*, Jim Mather*, Eleanor Scott*, Mr Stewart Maxwell*

S2M-5689 North Edinburgh Social Action Research Project on Employment (lodged on 5 March 2007) Robin Harper*, Nora Radcliffe*, Ms Rosemary Byrne*, Tommy Sheridan*, Bruce Crawford*, Carolyn Leckie*

S2M-5682# Ending of Exemptions for Water and Sewerage Charges for Smaller Voluntary Organisations (lodged on 1 March 2007) Linda Fabiani*

S2M-5679 Westminster Vote on Trident (lodged on 1 March 2007) Dennis Canavan*

S2M-5675 Congratulations to Scottish Filmmakers (lodged on 28 February 2007) Linda Fabiani*

S2M-5673 £110 Billion Real Cost of Trident (lodged on 28 February 2007) Linda Fabiani*

S2M-5672 Royal National Lifeboat Institution (lodged on 28 February 2007) Linda Fabiani*

S2M-5663 Save Meadowbank Stadium (lodged on 27 February 2007) Colin Fox*

S2M-5648 Shop Locally - Use it or Lose it Campaign (lodged on 23 February 2007) Linda Fabiani*

S2M-5639 Fairtrade Fortnight 2007 (lodged on 22 February 2007) Linda Fabiani*

S2M-5637# Changing Places (lodged on 22 February 2007) Alasdair Morgan*, Dave Petrie*, Karen Whitefield*

S2M-5492# Rum’s Red Deer (lodged on 26 January 2007) Fergus Ewing*

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