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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.

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New and altered motions and amendments

*S2M-5766 David McLetchie: Small Scotch Whisky Distillers—That the Parliament values the contribution made by small Scottish distillers to the Scotch whisky industry and urges the Scottish Executive to give full consideration to their needs in its examination of proposals to give stronger legal protection for Scotch whisky at a European Union level and to ensure that any such legislation does not discriminate against small Scottish distillers by prohibiting the bulk export of genuine Scotch for bottling overseas, which would be a restraint of trade and detrimental to their interests.

*S2M-5765 Peter Peacock: Mobile Post Office Services in the Highlands and Islands—That the Parliament commends all those involved in the setting up and operation of the mobile post office in Caithness, particularly the sub-postmaster, Glynn Jackson, who has worked hard to retain postal services to five villages in Caithness; further commends Robin Dagleish at Muir of Ord who has been piloting outreach services to Marybank and Achterneed in Ross-shire, both pilots developing a new type of postal service delivery capable of meeting rural needs, and encourages the Post Office to apply the lessons learned from these pilots more widely throughout the Highlands and Islands.

*S2M-5764 Robin Harper: Scottish Children’s Parliament and Scottish Youth Parliament—That the Parliament congratulates the Scottish Children’s Parliament on developing a creative, dynamic and innovative programme which involves children under the age of 14 of mixed abilities and backgrounds in decision-making processes and which has recently set up a temporary website for all schools in Scotland to access; encourages the Scottish Children’s Parliament to continue its efforts to enable all children under the age of 14 to become "virtual citizens of Scotland"; expresses concern at the recent swingeing reduction in funding for the Scottish Youth Parliament, and calls on the Scottish Executive to continue to provide adequate funding for both the Scottish Children’s Parliament and the Scottish Youth Parliament.

*S2M-5763 Ms Rosemary Byrne: Reduce Class Sizes - Employ the Teachers—That the Parliament expresses its concern that so many of our recently qualified teachers are still without permanent teaching posts; is further concerned that the number of available places for postgraduate teacher training is falling year on year; believes that the Scottish Executive is missing opportunities to reduce class sizes by not ensuring that there are permanent posts for all recently qualified teachers and by reducing teacher recruitment, and considers that this is a missed opportunity to improve the education of all Scotland’s children.

*S2M-5762# Mr Mark Ruskell: Reconnecting Communities by Rail—That the Parliament welcomes the work undertaken by communities across Scotland to enhance the rail network; recognises in particular the long-standing need to reopen railway stations at Blackford, Greenloaning, St Andrews and Levenmouth, and further recognises the role that community rail partnerships and businesses can play in developing new services and enhancing the quality and uptake of existing services.

Supported by: Bruce Crawford*, Mr John Swinney*, Christine May*, Rosie Kane*

S2M-5761 Margaret Mitchell: Charities and Churches Water Charge Exemption—That the Parliament notes with regret that the consultation paper regarding the proposed charging arrangements for the payment of water charges for non-household premises from 2010 contained no specific reference to relief for churches and charities; further notes that, following the closure of the consultation in January 2007, the Scottish Executive has confirmed that it has no plans to extend the current exemption scheme beyond 2010 or to establish a replacement for the scheme when it expires; considers that this decision is short-sighted and will merely serve to place a significant burden on the majority of charities and church organisations, despite the fact that seeking to maintain the long-term future of these organisations is crucial to ensuring that they continue to play an integral part in the well-being of our communities, and calls on the Executive to reconsider this decision.

Supported by: Robin Harper*, David McLetchie*, Tommy Sheridan*

S2M-5760 Phil Gallie: Airdrie-Bathgate Railway and Linked Improvements Bill - Final Stage—That the Parliament agrees that the Airdrie-Bathgate Railway and Linked Improvements Bill be passed.

Supported by: Alasdair Morgan

S2M-5759 Phil Gallie on behalf of the Airdrie-Bathgate Railway and Linked Improvements Bill Committee: 1st Report, 2007 (Session 2) of the Airdrie-Bathgate Railway and Linked Improvements Bill Committee, Report on the Airdrie-Bathgate Railway and Linked Improvements Bill and European Protected Species—That the Parliament notes the 1st Report, 2007 (Session 2) of the Airdrie-Bathgate Railway and Linked Improvements Bill Committee, Report on the Airdrie-Bathgate Railway and Linked Improvements Bill and European Protected Species (SP Paper 761), and agrees that the construction of the Airdrie-Bathgate railway project should not impact on the favourable conservation status of otters.

Supported by: Alasdair Morgan

S2M-5758 Mr John Swinney: Cairngorms National Park Boundary Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general principles of the Cairngorms National Park Boundary Bill.

Supported by: Dennis Canavan, Murdo Fraser, Mr Mark Ruskell

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.

Supported by: Ms Sandra White, Donald Gorrie

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, Alasdair Morgan, Mr Stewart Maxwell, Brian Adam, Fergus Ewing, Rob Gibson, Christine Grahame, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Ms Maureen Watt, Richard Lochhead, Jim Mather, Marlyn Glen, Ms Sandra White, Frances Curran*

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, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Ms Maureen Watt, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Christine Grahame, Shiona Baird, Robin Harper, Donald Gorrie, Michael Matheson, Rosie Kane*, Tommy Sheridan*, Frances Curran*

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.

Supported by: Donald Gorrie

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.

Supported by: Ms Sandra White, Michael Matheson

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.

Supported by: Maureen Macmillan*

S2M-5750 Rosie Kane: Say No to Fluoridation of Scotland’s Water Supply—That the Parliament is concerned about recent comments made by Andy Kerr, Minister for Health and Community Care, in Holyrood in support of mass medication through the fluoridation of Scotland’s water supply; notes that fluoridation of the water supply has been linked with brittle bone disease, cancer and many other conditions; further notes that not enough is known about the dangers of the cumulative effects of fluoride on the individual; believes that the claimed benefits in relation to preventing tooth decay may be outweighed by the documented negative side effects of water fluoridation, and finally agrees to oppose any future legislation to introduce mass medication through Scotland’s water supply.

Supported by: Nora Radcliffe, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Carolyn Leckie, Frances Curran, Ms Sandra White, Shiona Baird*, Mr Mark Ruskell*

S2M-5745 Ms Rosemary Byrne: Congratulations to WOZA—That the Parliament applauds the work of Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA) in empowering Zimbabwean women with knowledge and skills designed to stimulate courageous activities within the community and to enable them to make independent decisions and actively participate in their communities’ development; notes that the current situation in Zimbabwe continues to deteriorate with hundreds of thousands going hungry and annual inflation running at 1,700%, the highest in the world; further notes the continual lack of human rights afforded to ordinary citizens as well as opposition activists, and congratulates WOZA on raising awareness about the issues in Zimbabwe and on supporting ordinary Zimbabweans to fight human rights abuses.

Supported by: Robin Harper, Mr Mark Ruskell, Eleanor Scott, Ms Sandra White, Rosie Kane, Mr Adam Ingram, Donald Gorrie, Shiona Baird*

S2M-5744 Ms Rosemary Byrne: Pay Nurses a Proper Wage Rise—That the Parliament notes that the decision on Scottish nurses’ pay was announced at a Labour Party meeting and not in the Parliament or indeed in the Cabinet; believes that this shows a serious lack of respect for the Parliament; also notes that, although nurses in Scotland will get their pay rise in one stage, the pay rise is still below the rate of inflation and is in effect a pay cut, and calls on the Scottish Executive to reward all public sector workers in Scotland with an above inflation rise and continue to ignore the Chancellor as they have done today.

S2M-5732 Maureen Macmillan: Support for Micropower—That the Parliament notes that the Scottish Executive is currently finalising its planning guidance on renewable energy, Scottish Planning Policy 6 (SPP 6); believes that micropower, including community-scale combined heat and power, has considerable potential to power and heat Scotland’s homes, public buildings and businesses if given the right support at this crucial stage in the industry’s development; believes that micropower can help reduce CO2 emissions from buildings and therefore has a vital role to play in combating climate change; believes that SPP 6 should set ambitious but achievable targets for the inclusion of micropower in new developments, and therefore calls on the Executive to require new developments to reduce their predicted CO2 emissions by at least 15% over building regulations through the use of on-site micropower technologies, to apply initially to developments over 500m2 in size, and to all new developments over time.

Supported by: Mrs Mary Mulligan, Nora Radcliffe, Elaine Smith, Dr Elaine Murray, Peter Peacock, Jackie Baillie, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Donald Gorrie, John Farquhar Munro, Marilyn Livingstone, Trish Godman, Frances Curran*, Shiona Baird*

S2M-5731 Mrs Nanette Milne: Learning About Long-Term Conditions—That the Parliament welcomes the visit by people living with long-term conditions, their carers and representatives of long-term conditions’ voluntary organisations to the parliamentary reception, organised by the Long-Term Conditions Alliance Scotland, in Committee Room 1 on Wednesday 14 March 2007; notes that positive action such as the development of a national strategy, support for self-management, better prevention and earlier detection and a smoother transition between services would improve the lives of people with long-term conditions; further notes that 19 different conditions will be reflected at the reception: Alzheimer’s disease, autism, arthritis, Huntington’s disease, asthma, polio, epilepsy, rheumatoid arthritis, dystonia, blindness, cancer, diabetes, CHD, stroke, multiple sclerosis, lung conditions, osteoporosis, myeloma and psoriasis, and encourages MSPs to take this opportunity to meet and hear from people from across Scotland who live with long-term conditions.

Supported by: 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, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Robin Harper, Donald Gorrie, John Swinburne*, Rosie Kane*, Frances Curran*, Mr Ted Brocklebank*

S2M-5730 Ms Rosemary Byrne: Slave Labour - the Hidden Cost of Chocolate—That the Parliament condemns outright the use of slave labour in the manufacture of chocolate; notes that slave traders are currently trafficking young boys aged between 12 and 16 and selling them to cocoa farmers in the Côte d’Ivoire; further notes that there are around 600,000 cocoa farms in the Côte d’Ivoire and that it is estimated that the number of children forced to work as slaves on these farms may be as high as 15,000; recognises that, in addition to this illegal trafficking, the implicated cocoa farmers subject the children to inhumane living conditions and, besides overworking them, do not feed the children properly and frequently beat them to make them work harder or if they try to escape; calls on the Scottish Executive to do everything it can to put a stop to the modern slave trade by putting pressure at the highest level on all international chocolate companies, agencies and governments, and calls on the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body to ensure that all chocolate used and sold within the Parliament has not been produced using slave labour.

Supported by: Tommy Sheridan, Elaine Smith, Rosie Kane

S2M-5729# Colin Fox: Welcome for the First of Midlothian’s 1,000 New Council Houses—That the Parliament congratulates Midlothian Council on completing the first of 1,000 new council houses to be built under its ambitious housing plans; notes that the properties at Bill Russell Grove in Dalkeith are the first significant number of council houses to be built in Scotland in 20 years; hopes that the new tenants will be very proud of their superb new homes; recognises the very significant contribution that the £105 million project across Midlothian will make in providing much-needed social housing in the area; looks forward to seeing further new homes built in due course in Penicuik, Bonnyrigg, Gorebridge and throughout Midlothian, and believes that all councils in Scotland should follow Midlothian’s lead and cater for the significant need for social housing that exists in every local authority area.

Supported by: Frances Curran, Ms Sandra White, Tommy Sheridan, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Rosie Kane, Carolyn Leckie

S2M-5728 Mr Jamie McGrigor: ICC Cricket World Cup—That the Parliament notes that the ninth ICC Cricket World Cup, the sport’s biggest tournament, will be held in the West Indies between 13 March and 28 April 2007 and wishes Craig Wright and his Scotland team, facing a tough opening game against holders, Australia, as well as group games against world number one ranked side South Africa and the Netherlands, every success in the tournament.

Supported by: Mark Ballard, Mr Kenny MacAskill, David McLetchie, Dave Petrie, Michael McMahon, Phil Gallie, Margaret Mitchell, Mr Stewart Maxwell, Mike Pringle, Mr David Davidson, Mrs Nanette Milne, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, Scott Barrie, Murdo Fraser, Iain Smith, Mr Ted Brocklebank, Robin Harper, Alex Johnstone, Nora Radcliffe, Roseanna Cunningham, Bill Aitken, Donald Gorrie, John Scott

S2M-5727 Shiona Baird: Micropower and SPP6—That the Parliament notes that the Scottish Executive is currently finalising Scottish Planning Policy 6 (SPP 6) on renewable energy; believes that small-scale renewables have considerable potential to reduce carbon emissions from buildings and therefore should be given the Executive’s full support; further notes that more than 80 councils in England have successfully required the installation of small-scale renewables in new developments and have helped reduce climate change emissions from new buildings as a result; also believes that the Executive should set bold and ambitious targets for reduction in CO2 emissions from new buildings, and therefore calls on the Executive to require that all new buildings, regardless of size, reduce their predicted CO2 emissions by at least 20% over building regulations standards, while supporting local authorities who set more ambitious targets.

Supported by: Donald Gorrie

S2M-5726# Alasdair Morgan: Crichton Campus and the University of Glasgow—That the Parliament welcomes the work to develop an academic strategy for higher and further education in Dumfries and Galloway but, conscious that the failure of the University of Glasgow to recruit an intake of new undergraduates at the Crichton Campus in Dumfries this year may prejudge the outcome of that strategy, considers that the Scottish Executive should take all necessary steps to ensure that recruitment is resumed for the current year.

Supported by: Stewart Stevenson, Mr Adam Ingram, Christine Grahame, Dr Elaine Murray, 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, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Tommy Sheridan, Robin Harper, Donald Gorrie, Frances Curran*, Chris Ballance*

S2M-5715# Mike Pringle: The Lack of Park-and-Ride in South Edinburgh—That the Parliament welcomes key public transport improvements being delivered by SEStran including bus priority measures, a bus tracker system and cycleway improvements, but is concerned that key schemes for three park-and-ride sites in south Edinburgh at Straiton, Sherrifhall and Lothianburn have yet to open and that the lack of park-and-ride sites in the south of the city is leading to increased commuter parking in residential streets, where residents’ parking is already made difficult by the extension of the controlled parking scheme.

Supported by: Donald Gorrie, David McLetchie

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-5521# Dr Sylvia Jackson: Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy—That the Parliament expresses concern that people who suffer from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), a severe and progressive genetic muscle wasting disease predominantly affecting boys and for which there is currently no cure, are dying in Scotland on average 10 years earlier then their counterparts in England; believes that an improvement in the life expectancy and experiences of these young people must be a priority for the Scottish Executive; considers that, in addition to enhanced medical research, better support services, equipment and adapted housing can make a massive difference to the quality of life of people with DMD and can contribute to extending their life expectancy; welcomes the development in 2003 of the Scottish Muscle Network, based at Yorkhill, as a national managed clinical network benefiting patients in Stirling and across Scotland, but believes that more must be done to improve both life quality and life expectancy for people with DMD in Scotland.

Supported by: Stewart Stevenson, Donald Gorrie, Ms Sandra White, Christine Grahame, Mr Adam Ingram, Michael McMahon, Tricia Marwick, Elaine Smith, David McLetchie, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Mr David Davidson

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S2M-5723 Creative Scotland (lodged on 8 March 2007) Frances Curran*

S2M-5722# Bid to Increase Financial Limits for Small Claims (lodged on 8 March 2007) Linda Fabiani*, Frances Curran*

S2M-5721 Future of the Digital Spectrum (lodged on 8 March 2007) Frances Curran*

S2M-5720 Myasthenia Gravis Association (lodged on 7 March 2007) Maureen Macmillan*

S2M-5716 Promoting Race Equality through Education (lodged on 7 March 2007) Frances Curran*, Karen Whitefield*

S2M-5700 Recognition of Kinship Carers (lodged on 6 March 2007) Robin Harper*

S2M-5698 Ferguson’s Shipyard in Port Glasgow (lodged on 6 March 2007) Frances Curran*

S2M-5693 Disability Payments by Glasgow City Council (lodged on 5 March 2007) Frances Curran*

S2M-5691 Rural Postcodes (lodged on 5 March 2007) Frances Curran*

S2M-5689 North Edinburgh Social Action Research Project on Employment (lodged on 5 March 2007) Frances Curran*

S2M-5675 Congratulations to Scottish Filmmakers (lodged on 28 February 2007) Maureen Macmillan*

S2M-5672 Royal National Lifeboat Institution (lodged on 28 February 2007) Mr Jim Wallace*

S2M-5668 Scotch Whisky - Matured to be Enjoyed Responsibly (lodged on 27 February 2007) Maureen Macmillan*

S2M-5643 Sale of Weir Pumps (lodged on 22 February 2007) Maureen Macmillan*

S2M-5637# Changing Places (lodged on 22 February 2007) Maureen Macmillan*

S2M-5600 Government’s Decision to Pursue a Programme of New Nuclear Power Stations - "Unlawful" (lodged on 16 February 2007) Frances Curran*

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