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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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

( A search facility is also available on the Scottish Parliament web site at:

New and altered motions and amendments

*S2M-5775 Hugh Henry: Celebrating Success in Scottish Education—That the Parliament notes the commitment shown by the Scottish Executive and its partners to the most comprehensive programme of modernisation of Scottish education for a generation; recognises that the Executive’s investment in over 320 new and refurbished schools, increased teacher numbers, a world-leading induction scheme, reduced class sizes, strong parental involvement and stable industrial relations has rebuilt the foundations of a successful school system; welcomes the significant increase in pre-school education entitlement that has been delivered since 1999; further welcomes the high quality of leadership in Scotland’s schools and congratulates the 973 teachers who have achieved the Scottish Qualification for Headship; welcomes the Executive’s investment in Scotland’s 49 Schools of Ambition, and congratulates staff, teachers and pupils in schools and centres across Scotland for the contribution they are making to the delivery of excellent learning and teaching.

Supported by: Robert Brown*

*S2M-5774 Ms Margaret Curran: Scotland in the United Kingdom—That the Parliament believes that the United Kingdom is a mutually beneficial relationship for Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and England; notes that devolution "is a process, not an event"; notes the additional powers that have been devolved to the Scottish Parliament since 1999; notes that the majority of people in Scotland oppose separation from the rest of the UK; believes that such a course would result in either cuts in vital public services or massive increases in taxation, and believes that Scotland should retain the benefits of being part of the UK while, where appropriate, increasing the powers available to the Scottish Parliament.

Supported by: George Lyon*

*S2M-5773 Ms Margaret Curran on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 28 March 2007

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Final Stage: Airdrie-Bathgate Railway and Linked Improvements Bill

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 29 March 2007

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Executive Debate: The Future of Scotland

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

followed by Motion of Thanks to the Presiding Officer

1.00 pm Decision Time

Supported by: George Lyon*

*S2M-5772 Ms Maureen Watt: Leonard Cheshire’s Citizenship Academy—That the Parliament welcomes and supports the creation of the Citizenship Academy, a new initiative created by Leonard Cheshire which aims to enable and empower disabled people to become actively involved in their local communities while increasing awareness and understanding of the Scottish democratic processes; notes that the academy will equip participants with the confidence and skills needed to voice their opinions and reinforce their rights, and further notes that this will build on current foundations to make Scotland a truly inclusive society where everyone’s views and opinions have the opportunity to be heard and acted upon.

*S2M-5771 Cathy Peattie: Carers’ Manifesto—That the Parliament notes the Carers’ Manifesto, produced by Scotland’s national carer organisations; recognises the vital role that Scotland’s 480,000 unpaid carers play in supporting disabled and older people to live independently; encourages Members to support the need to invest resources to support carers; welcomes the work of Scotland’s national carer organisations: Carers Scotland, Crossroads Caring Scotland, the Coalition of Carers in Scotland, the Princess Royal Trust for Carers, the Scottish Young Carers Services Alliance and Shared Care Scotland, in supporting carers and working to achieve policy and legislation change to make a positive impact in carers’ lives, and recognises the endeavours of Falkirk and Clackmannanshire Carers Centre in providing immense support to over 22,000 carers in Falkirk East, Falkirk West and Ochil.

*S2M-5770 Mrs Nanette Milne: Oldmeldrum Arts and Music Festival 2007—That the Parliament congratulates the organisers of the Oldmeldrum Arts and Music Festival 2007 that runs from 20 to 25 March 2007; notes that the aims of the festival are to promote local singers, comedians, musicians, artists and photographers by giving them an opportunity to perform before an audience; further notes that the festival encourages people of all ages to have an interest in playing and listening to music and provides entertainment for the community, and notes that the festival helps to bring together the local community and promote links between local organisations.

Supported by: Dave Petrie*, Tommy Sheridan*, Murdo Fraser*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Mr David Davidson*, Eleanor Scott*, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton*, Robin Harper*, Ms Maureen Watt*, Mr Jamie Stone*

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S2M-5769 CIS Insurance Cup Final 2007 (lodged on 19 March 2007) Mrs Mary Mulligan*, Fiona Hyslop*, Brian Adam*, Mr Brian Monteith*, Trish Godman*, Karen Gillon*

S2M-5768 In Praise of Hospices (lodged on 19 March 2007) Mr David Davidson*, Carolyn Leckie*, Ms Maureen Watt*

S2M-5767 Congratulations to Hibernian Football Club (lodged on 19 March 2007) Malcolm Chisholm*, Mr Brian Monteith*, Mr Kenny MacAskill*, Bill Butler*

S2M-5765 Mobile Post Office Services in the Highlands and Islands (lodged on 16 March 2007) Mrs Mary Mulligan*, Mr Jamie Stone*, Trish Godman*

S2M-5762# Reconnecting Communities by Rail (lodged on 16 March 2007) Mr David Davidson*, Rob Gibson*, Murdo Fraser*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Chris Ballance*

S2M-5761 Charities and Churches Water Charge Exemption (lodged on 15 March 2007) Alex Fergusson*, Brian Adam*, Carolyn Leckie*, Mr Jamie McGrigor*, Mrs Nanette Milne*

S2M-5757 Supporting Scotland’s Only Subway (lodged on 14 March 2007) Rob Gibson*, Trish Godman*, Robin Harper*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Maureen Macmillan*

S2M-5751 Single Status in Argyll and Bute Council (lodged on 14 March 2007) Carolyn Leckie*, Peter Peacock*

S2M-5745 Congratulations to WOZA (lodged on 13 March 2007) Dennis Canavan*

S2M-5732 Support for Micropower (lodged on 13 March 2007) Dennis Canavan*

S2M-5728 ICC Cricket World Cup (lodged on 12 March 2007) Dennis Canavan*

S2M-5716 Promoting Race Equality through Education (lodged on 7 March 2007) Dennis Canavan*, Peter Peacock*

S2M-5697 Living with Heart Failure (lodged on 6 March 2007) Margaret Jamieson*

S2M-5688# A Review of Scotland’s Response to Flooding (lodged on 5 March 2007) Eleanor Scott*

S2M-5675 Congratulations to Scottish Filmmakers (lodged on 28 February 2007) Peter Peacock*

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

S2M-5637# Changing Places (lodged on 22 February 2007) Phil Gallie*, Margaret Mitchell*, Peter Peacock*

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

S2M-5521# Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (lodged on 31 January 2007) Dr Jean Turner*

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