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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-5786 Shiona Baird: Changing the Energy Climate—That the Parliament welcomes the publication of the Scottish Renewables Forum’s latest manifesto, Changing the Energy Climate, and supports in particular the following five key action points: to create a vision for the Scottish people and industry to understand our future in a carbon marketplace and the opportunities and challenges arising from this; to establish clean energy targets with strategies for delivery, including a renewable electricity target of at least 50% of demand and a 10% green heat target by the end of 2020; to ensure timely decisions on environmentally acceptable renewable energy planning applications; to establish long-term revenue stability mechanisms for emerging technologies, heat and microgeneration, and to ensure that investment in environmentally acceptable grid infrastructure and distribution networks is agreed quickly and delivered on time.

S2M-5785 John Scott on behalf of the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body: The Scottish Public Services Ombudsman—That the Parliament nominates Professor Alice Brown to Her Majesty The Queen for reappointment as the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman from 30 September 2007 until 29 September 2011.

S2M-5784 Fergus Ewing: The Business Improvement Districts (Scotland) Regulations 2007—That the Local Government and Transport Committee recommends that nothing further be done under the Business Improvement Districts (Scotland) Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/202).

S2M-5783 Stewart Stevenson: Scotland v Georgia—That the Parliament wishes the Scottish football team every success in its match against Georgia on Saturday 24 March 2007; looks forward to the exciting hospitality which will undoubtedly be on offer for the "Tartan Army" in Tbilisi for the return leg, and urges all Scottish parliamentarians to support the Scottish team, especially any with a close affinity to the late Ioseb Besarionis Dze Jughashvili of Georgia.

Supported by: Brian Adam, Mike Pringle, Fergus Ewing, Jim Mather, Ms Sandra White, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Bruce Crawford, Fiona Hyslop*

S2M-5782 Jackie Baillie: Hermitage Academy Sprinkler System—That the Parliament expresses disappointment with Argyll and Bute Council for not fitting a fire sprinkler system to the new Hermitage Academy; notes that sprinklers cost in the region of 1% of building costs and that this sum can be recouped in as little as four years through insurance discounts alone; recognises the vital role that such a system may play in both maintaining the fabric of the buildings and, more importantly, the lives of school pupils, and urges the council to think long term and reconsider its position regarding sprinkler systems in new public buildings.

Supported by: Mr Stewart Maxwell*

S2M-5780 Bill Aitken: HBOS/Barnardo’s Tug of War Competition—That the Parliament notes that the third annual HBOS/Barnardo’s Tug of War Competition will take place on Thursday 21 June 2007 at 6 pm in Holyrood Park, Edinburgh; further notes that last year’s event helped raise over £4,000 in total for the charity to use for its excellent work, and calls on all challengers to take their chances against the reigning two-time champions, the Scottish Conservatives.

Supported by: Pauline McNeill, Tricia Marwick, Alex Johnstone, Mrs Nanette Milne, Mr David Davidson, Richard Lochhead, Murdo Fraser, Phil Gallie, Lord James Douglas-Hamilton

S2M-5778 Christine Grahame: People 1 - Glasgow Housing Association 0—That the Parliament congratulates the people of Glasgow and Sandra White MSP on securing a victory against Glasgow Housing Association regarding home improvement bills which left many destitute and facing bankruptcy; notes that the association will now provide financial assistance, albeit limited, to the many homeowners affected, and further notes that this U-turn by the government has taken place only in the face of an imminent election but that the citizens of Glasgow will see it for what it is.

Supported by: Brian Adam*

S2M-5777 Dr Jean Turner: Essential Services for Head Injuries—That the Parliament acknowledges that there may be around 100,000 head injuries per year in Scotland for which adequate facilities should be available for assessment and rehabilitation within the NHS; emphasises the need for such services, which should be routinely available to patients and their families and carers who frequently require counselling and support, especially when dealing with the personality changes that can arise from acute brain injury; notes that relatives’ confidence can be shattered when staff are removed, as in the case of a nurse from the Physical Disability Rehabilitation Unit at the Southern General Hospital who was withdrawn and returned to ward duties due to lack of funding, leaving a hole in this essential service, and calls on the Scottish Executive to ensure that such services are not comprised by lack of funding in future.

Supported by: Rob Gibson, Fiona Hyslop, Ms Sandra White, Carolyn Leckie, Shiona Baird, Tommy Sheridan, Richard Lochhead, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Alex Neil, Eleanor Scott, John Swinburne, Donald Gorrie

S2M-5776 Mr Jamie McGrigor: The Inshore Fishing (Prohibited Methods of Fishing) (Firth of Lorn) (No. 2) Order 2007—That the Environment and Rural Development Committee recommends that nothing further be done under the Inshore Fishing (Prohibited Methods of Fishing) (Firth of Lorn) (No. 2) Order 2007 (SSI 2007/240).

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.

Supported by: Mrs Nanette Milne, Fergus Ewing, Rob Gibson, Stewart Stevenson, Carolyn Leckie, John Swinburne, Ms Sandra White, Richard Lochhead, Eleanor Scott, David McLetchie, Tommy Sheridan, Bruce Crawford, Jim Mather, Linda Fabiani, Fiona Hyslop, Mr David Davidson, Mr Adam Ingram, Christine Grahame, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Mr Andrew Welsh, Mr Jim Wallace, Brian Adam, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Robin Harper, Shiona Baird, Donald Gorrie, Dr Jean Turner

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.

Supported by: Elaine Smith, Paul Martin, Tommy Sheridan, Mr John Swinney, Mrs Nanette Milne, Marlyn Glen, Dr Elaine Murray, Roseanna Cunningham, Shiona Baird, Tricia Marwick, Ms Sandra White, Christine May, Carolyn Leckie, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Robin Harper, Pauline McNeill, Jackie Baillie, Fiona Hyslop, Bill Butler, Mr Kenneth Macintosh, Cathie Craigie, Eleanor Scott, Trish Godman, Mr Frank McAveety, Donald Gorrie, Dr Jean Turner, Karen Whitefield, Margaret Jamieson, Maureen Macmillan

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, Richard Lochhead, Bill Aitken, Shiona Baird, Donald Gorrie

S2M-5769 John Home Robertson: CIS Insurance Cup Final 2007—That the Parliament congratulates Hibernian Football Club on winning the CIS Insurance Cup; commends Hibernian and Kilmarnock fans for making the final at Hampden a truly family occasion; notes the contribution made to the day by young Scottish players on both sides, and looks forward to the summer opening of Hibernian’s 36-acre training centre at East Mains in East Lothian, which will provide quality facilities to help produce future generations of talented footballers.

Supported by: Mr Kenny MacAskill, Bill Butler, Mike Pringle, Jackie Baillie, Maureen Macmillan, Susan Deacon, Mr Frank McAveety, Dr Elaine Murray, Christine May, Malcolm Chisholm, Michael McMahon, Mrs Mary Mulligan, Fiona Hyslop, Brian Adam, Mr Brian Monteith, Trish Godman, Karen Gillon, Nora Radcliffe, John Swinburne, Donald Gorrie, Colin Fox

S2M-5768 Dr Jean Turner: In Praise of Hospices—That the Parliament praises Marie Curie Cancer Care’s campaign "Scotland Supporting the Choice to Die at Home"; understands that to enable this wish to be granted requires intensive nursing care at home and the appropriate number of highly trained district nurses to be maintained within primary care and working side by side with Marie Curie nurses; accepts that the choice to die at home cannot always be fulfilled and that patients may have to transfer to a hospice; considers, therefore, that it is imperative that hospices such as Marie Curie (Springburn) and St Margaret of Scotland (Clydebank), within the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde board area, should be realistically funded by the board since the NHS could not function without their nursing expertise and beds, and acknowledges that it is extremely unfair that staff have to dedicate so much time to fundraising in addition to nursing very sick patients in order to cover the ever-increasing gap between the funding that the NHS board allocates hospices and the total cost of running hospice services which are second to none.

Supported by: Mr Kenny MacAskill, Tommy Sheridan, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Campbell Martin, Robin Harper, Eleanor Scott, Mr David Davidson, Carolyn Leckie, Ms Maureen Watt, Ms Sandra White, John Swinburne, Donald Gorrie, Mr Jamie McGrigor

S2M-5767 Colin Fox: Congratulations to Hibernian Football Club—That the Parliament congratulates everyone at Hibernian Football Club on winning the CIS Insurance Cup; believes that the team was a credit to Edinburgh and fully deserved its victory in the final at Hampden Park; recognises that John Collins, himself a distinguished former Hibs player, has achieved this success in his first season as club manager; further recognises that the cup win is a sweet success after so many losing finals and years without a trophy; believes that this Hibs team is now assured a special place in the club’s history having succeeded where so many previous teams failed, and believes that fans across Scotland will not begrudge Hibs its famous win.

Supported by: Malcolm Chisholm, Mr Brian Monteith, Mr Kenny MacAskill, Bill Butler, Mrs Nanette Milne, Carolyn Leckie, Margaret Smith, John Swinburne, Mr Adam Ingram, Donald Gorrie, Fiona Hyslop*

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, Eleanor Scott, Tricia Marwick, Shiona Baird, Mark Ballard, Ms Rosemary Byrne, Patrick Harvie, Robin Harper, Mr David Davidson, Rob Gibson, Murdo Fraser, Roseanna Cunningham, Chris Ballance, Ms Sandra White, Nora Radcliffe, John Swinburne, Mr Ted Brocklebank, Donald Gorrie, Dr Jean Turner

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

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S2M-5761 Charities and Churches Water Charge Exemption (lodged on 15 March 2007) Mr Jamie Stone*, Chris Ballance*

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

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