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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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

*S3M-14 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees—

(a) the following programme of business—

Wednesday 16 May 2007

10.00 am Business Motion

followed by Selection of the Parliament’s nominee for First Minister

Thursday 17 May 2007

11.15 am First Minister’s Motion to appoint Scottish Ministers

followed by First Minister’s Motion to appoint Junior Scottish Ministers

(b) that the period for lodging First Minister’s Questions for First Minister’s Question Time on 31 May 2007 should end at 4.00 pm on Thursday 24 May;

(c) that the period for Members to submit their names for selection for General Question Time on 31 May 2007 should end at 4.00 pm on Thursday 17 May; and

(d) that the period for Members to submit their names for selection for General and Themed Question Times on 7 June 2007 should end at 4.00 pm on Thursday 24 May.

*S3M-13 Richard Baker: Aberdeen Shortlisted to be Hub of UK Energy Technologies Institute—That the Parliament welcomes the announcement that Aberdeen has been shortlisted under the Scottish consortium bid to host the hub of the proposed UK Energy Technologies Institute; congratulates local agencies and academic institutions on working together to make the case for Aberdeen; believes that, as the energy capital of Europe and home to over 900 energy-based companies, Aberdeen is the natural choice for the hub; notes that Aberdeen’s bid is supported by CBI Scotland and Oil and Gas UK; notes that the Scottish Executive’s own Intermediary Technology Institute for Energy is already based in the city; further notes the work of the Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group in developing and promoting renewable energy technology, and calls on the Executive to promote Aberdeen as its preferred location for the hub.

*S3M-12♦ Rob Gibson: Scottish Norwegian Commercial Co-operation—That the Parliament notes that Norway celebrates the 102nd anniversary of its independence on 17 May 2007; welcomes growing economic co-operation between Scotland and Norway to make the most of our sustainable marine hydrocarbon and renewable energy resources, our proximity across the North Sea and ongoing civic and cultural collaborations; in particular welcomes the announcement of a new partnership between Statoil and Scottish Power which aims to produce a commercially viable tidal energy device for a full-scale trial to be run within two years; considers that the Scottish Executive should work with the Norwegian government to create a North Sea electricity supergrid to serve continental markets with secure supplies of clean power, and also believes that the prospects for creating a direct sea route for freight and passengers to link our two nations should be pursued with vigour.

Supported by: Jim Mather*, Kenny MacAskill*

*S3M-11 Elaine Smith: Breastfeeding Awareness Week, 13 to 19 May 2007—That the Parliament welcomes National Breastfeeding Awareness Week from 13 to 19 May 2007; notes that this is an annual event to raise awareness among all sectors of the importance of breastfeeding and this year includes the launch at Westminster on 16 May of a breastfeeding manifesto by a coalition of non-governmental organisations; expresses concern at the small decrease in breastfeeding rates in Scotland over the past year; notes that the post of National Breastfeeding Advisor has been vacant for more than a year; believes that more information and assistance is required, including better publicising of the Breastfeeding etc. (Scotland) Act 2005, and considers that the Scottish Executive should do more to support, promote and encourage breastfeeding.

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-10 Fife Teams in Scottish Cup Finals (lodged on 14 May 2007) Jackie Baillie*, Richard Baker*, Charlie Gordon*, Claire Baker*

S3M-9 Capital City Funding for Edinburgh (lodged on 14 May 2007) Malcolm Chisholm*

S3M-8 Edinburgh Airport Rail Link (lodged on 14 May 2007) Malcolm Chisholm*

S3M-7 Trams for Edinburgh (lodged on 14 May 2007) Malcolm Chisholm*

S3M-6 Scotland Welcomes the 2007 UEFA Cup Final (lodged on 14 May 2007) John Park*, Sandra White*, Trish Godman*, Pauline McNeill*, Jamie Hepburn*

S3M-4 Low Limit for Small Claims Courts (lodged on 9 May 2007) Jim Tolson*

S3M-3# Relocation of St Andrews Post Office (lodged on 9 May 2007) Alison McInnes*

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