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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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

(http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/business/motionsAndAmendments/motions.htm). A search facility is also available on the Scottish Parliament web site at: http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/business/motionsAndAmendments/index.htm

New and altered motions and amendments

*S3M-28 Jim Hume: Local Food—That the Parliament recognises the benefit to our health, the environment and Scotland’s farmers, fishermen and rural areas of choosing more local, fresh, seasonal produce; believes that by specifying requirements for freshness, delivery frequency, specific varieties and production standards the public sector can take a lead in the promotion of local food; notes the success of the East Ayrshire school meals pilot in showing how procurement rules can promote locally grown food and support Scotland’s local suppliers, and calls on the Scottish Executive to roll out the school meals pilot across Scotland and take action across the public sector to encourage the procurement of more locally grown produce.

*S3M-27 Alex Salmond: Appointment of Junior Scottish Ministers—That the Parliament agrees that Bruce Crawford, Linda Fabiani, Jim Mather, Stewart Stevenson, Maureen Watt, Adam Ingram, Shona Robison, Stewart Maxwell, Fergus Ewing and Michael Russell be appointed as junior Scottish Ministers.

*S3M-26 Alex Salmond: Appointment of Ministers—That the Parliament agrees that Nicola Sturgeon, John Swinney, Kenny MacAskill, Fiona Hyslop and Richard Lochhead be appointed as Ministers.

*S3M-26.1 Tavish Scott: Appointment of Ministers—As an amendment to motion (S3M-26) in the name of Alex Salmond, leave out "John Swinney".

*S3M-26.2 Murdo Fraser: Appointment of Ministers—As an amendment to motion (S3M-26) in the name of Alex Salmond, leave out "and Richard Lochhead".

*S3M-25 Margaret Smith: Support for Edinburgh Trams Project—That the Parliament believes that the Edinburgh trams scheme will be good for people, business and the environment; considers that it will play a vital role in encouraging people to use public transport rather than cars, and believes that the Scottish Executive must continue with its commitment to provide funding of £375 million, plus inflation, to the trams scheme.

Supported by: Tavish Scott*, Jim Hume*, Jim Tolson*, Alison McInnes*, Liam McArthur*, Jeremy Purvis*, Iain Smith*, Ross Finnie*, Mike Rumbles*, Mike Pringle*, John Farquhar Munro*, Robert Brown*, Mr Jamie Stone*, Nicol Stephen*, Hugh O’Donnell*

*S3M-24 Margaret Smith: Support for Edinburgh Airport Rail Link—That the Parliament believes that the Edinburgh Airport Rail Link will be good for people, business and the environment; notes that it will be directly accessible from 62 stations across Scotland; further notes that it will remove 1.7 million car trips from our roads by 2026, cutting congestion and carbon emissions; considers that the scheme should be funded by government and from other sources, and calls on the Scottish Executive to continue to fund the link as planned.

Supported by: Tavish Scott*, Jim Hume*, Jim Tolson*, Alison McInnes*, Liam McArthur*, Jeremy Purvis*, Iain Smith*, Ross Finnie*, Mike Rumbles*, Mike Pringle*, John Farquhar Munro*, Robert Brown*, Mr Jamie Stone*, Nicol Stephen*, Hugh O’Donnell*

*S3M-23 Iain Smith: Record Investment in Further and Higher Education—That the Parliament recognises the importance to the Scottish economy of sustaining world-class teaching and research in our universities and colleges; notes the increasingly competitive international and UK market in higher education; recognises the need to attract and retain high quality staff in Scottish universities and colleges, invest in modern facilities and increase investment in research; believes in further widening access to Scottish universities and colleges; acknowledges the record levels of funding provided over the past eight years to those sectors, and calls on the Scottish Executive to meet in full the funding requests of Universities Scotland and the Association of Scotland’s Colleges during the next spending review in order to improve the quality and competitiveness of Scottish further and higher education.

Supported by: Tavish Scott*, Jim Hume*, Jim Tolson*, Alison McInnes*, Liam McArthur*, Margaret Smith*, Jeremy Purvis*, Ross Finnie*, Mike Rumbles*, Mike Pringle*, John Farquhar Munro*, Robert Brown*, Mr Jamie Stone*, Nicol Stephen*, Hugh O’Donnell*

*S3M-22 Jeremy Purvis: Radical Reform on Sentencing Policy—That the Parliament believes that the current sentencing system is failing to change the behaviour of offenders given short prison sentences; notes that this leads to increased crime as these individuals often reoffend following completion of their sentences; considers that a fundamental overhaul of short-term sentencing and the Scottish Prison Service is essential to improve rehabilitation, thus cutting crime; calls on the Scottish Executive to bring forward legislation to replace short-term prison sentences with tough community sentences, and further calls for the replacement of the Scottish Prison Service with a Scottish custody and rehabilitation service working with other services, businesses and community justice authorities to reduce reoffending.

Supported by: Tavish Scott*, Jim Hume*, Jim Tolson*, Alison McInnes*, Liam McArthur*, Margaret Smith*, Iain Smith*, Ross Finnie*, Mike Rumbles*, Mike Pringle*, John Farquhar Munro*, Robert Brown*, Mr Jamie Stone*, Nicol Stephen*, Hugh O’Donnell*

*S3M-21 Jim Hume: Boosting Grassroots Sport—That the Parliament acknowledges that sports clubs in Scotland are a major underused resource; recognises the need to boost grassroots sport; notes the particular health benefits that sport offers Scottish children, and calls on the Scottish Executive to (a) ensure that every child receives an hour of physical activity every day, (b) recruit 1,000 extra sports coaches, including (i) 100 physical education teachers in schools, (ii) 100 professional coaches to work through our national sports organisations and (iii) 800 full-time equivalent voluntary coaches delivered through local sports clubs and (c) support sports clubs by (i) giving 100% mandatory rates relief, (ii) paying the £300 cost of the UK Coaching Certificate for volunteer coaches and (iii) establishing a Scottish centre of coaching excellence.

Supported by: Tavish Scott*, Mike Rumbles*, Jim Tolson*, Alison McInnes*, Liam McArthur*, Margaret Smith*, Jeremy Purvis*, Ross Finnie*, Iain Smith*, Mike Pringle*, John Farquhar Munro*, Robert Brown*, Mr Jamie Stone*, Nicol Stephen*, Hugh O’Donnell*

*S3M-20 Mike Rumbles: Improving Local Health Care—That the Parliament recognises the importance of excellent health care services in communities across Scotland, allowing front-line professionals from hospitals, other health disciplines, social work and the voluntary sector to work together to plan and deliver more flexible services; notes that community health centres give support to the work of local GPs and allow more people, particularly elderly people and those with chronic illnesses, to be treated closer to home; believes that investment in more local health care can deliver faster diagnosis and treatment for patients; notes that over 90% of health care is now delivered locally and that people across Scotland are already benefiting from investment in local health care facilities; considers that the time is right for a step change in investment to deliver quality local health facilities, and calls on the Scottish Executive to use the next spending review to identify funding and give priority to the development of 100 new local health centres.

Supported by: Tavish Scott*, Jim Hume*, Jim Tolson*, Alison McInnes*, Liam McArthur*, Margaret Smith*, Jeremy Purvis*, Ross Finnie*, Iain Smith*, Mike Pringle*, John Farquhar Munro*, Robert Brown*, Mr Jamie Stone*, Nicol Stephen*, Hugh O’Donnell*

*S3M-19 Ross Finnie: A Renewables Revolution for Scotland—That the Parliament believes that the moratorium on onshore renewables developments resulting from the planning review proposed in the SNP’s 2007 manifesto would be damaging to the renewables companies working in Scotland and would have a negative impact on the industry’s confidence and commercial success; is concerned that this could lead to Scotland missing existing renewable electricity targets; believes that Scotland should lead the world in a renewables revolution with more investment in wave, wind and tidal power; recognises the economic potential of exporting our expertise and creating thousands of new jobs and billions of pounds of new investment; believes that 100% of Scotland’s electricity should come from renewable sources by 2050, and further believes that this ambition should be the basis for the future energy policy of the Scottish Executive.

Supported by: Tavish Scott*, Jim Hume*, Jim Tolson*, Alison McInnes*, Liam McArthur*, Jeremy Purvis*, Iain Smith*, Margaret Smith*, Mike Rumbles*, Mike Pringle*, John Farquhar Munro*, Robert Brown*, Mr Jamie Stone*, Nicol Stephen*, Hugh O’Donnell*

*S3M-18 Mike Pringle: Scotland’s Role in International Aid—That the Parliament recognises that over one billion people, one in six people around the world, live in extreme poverty, surviving on less than one US dollar a day; considers that Scotland has a duty to contribute to the alleviation of global suffering, poverty and oppression; believes that all effort should be made towards this goal through the provision of more effective international assistance, and calls on the Scottish Executive to double the current provision made for overseas aid.

Supported by: Tavish Scott*, Mike Rumbles*, Jim Tolson*, Alison McInnes*, Liam McArthur*, Margaret Smith*, Jeremy Purvis*, Ross Finnie*, Iain Smith*, Jim Hume*, John Farquhar Munro*, Robert Brown*, Mr Jamie Stone*, Nicol Stephen*, Hugh O’Donnell*

*S3M-17 Mr Jamie Stone: Giving Scottish Business a Competitive Edge—That the Parliament believes that the business rate poundage should be set below the levels in the rest of the United Kingdom for the term of this Parliament to give Scottish businesses a competitive edge.

Supported by: Tavish Scott*, Jim Hume*, Jim Tolson*, Alison McInnes*, Liam McArthur*, Jeremy Purvis*, Iain Smith*, Margaret Smith*, Mike Rumbles*, Mike Pringle*, John Farquhar Munro*, Robert Brown*, Ross Finnie*, Nicol Stephen*, Hugh O’Donnell*

*S3M-16 Robert Brown: The Best Start in Life—That the Parliament believes that investment in the early years of children’s lives is the most vital investment to ensure their future success; notes the success of free nursery places for three and four-year-olds in Scotland; further believes that the existing entitlement should now be extended to 15 hours a week to allow additional time for children to socialise and eat healthy meals together and that provision should cover 38 weeks of the year to match the school year, and calls on the Scottish Executive to create an equivalent entitlement for all two-year-olds to have a free place in a local playgroup, with more investment in the playgroup sector to give all children in Scotland the best possible start in life.

Supported by: Tavish Scott*, Jim Hume*, Jim Tolson*, Alison McInnes*, Liam McArthur*, Jeremy Purvis*, Mr Jamie Stone*, Iain Smith*, Margaret Smith*, Mike Rumbles*, Mike Pringle*, John Farquhar Munro*, Ross Finnie*, Nicol Stephen*, Hugh O’Donnell*

*S3M-15 Mary Mulligan: Congratulations to Linlithgow Rose FC—That the Parliament congratulates Linlithgow Rose FC on reaching its third Scottish Junior Cup final in the last eight years; recognises that teams such as Linlithgow Rose play a big part in building community spirit within their home town and will have great support on the day of the final, and looks forward to the final in Dunfermline enhancing the image of junior football and the communities of Linlithgow and Kelty.

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-13 Aberdeen Shortlisted to be Hub of UK Energy Technologies Institute (lodged on 15 May 2007) Alex Johnstone*

S3M-12♦ Scottish Norwegian Commercial Co-operation (lodged on 15 May 2007) Alasdair Allan*, Brian Adam*, Richard Lochhead*, Mr Andrew Welsh*, Stewart Stevenson*, Stuart McMillan*, Stewart Maxwell*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Nigel Don*, Ian McKee*, Kenneth Gibson*, Mr Adam Ingram*, Jamie Hepburn*, Christina McKelvie*

S3M-11 Breastfeeding Awareness Week, 13 to 19 May 2007 (lodged on 15 May 2007) Hugh O’Donnell*, Kenneth Gibson*, John Park*, Malcolm Chisholm*, Mary Mulligan*, Cathie Craigie*, Patrick Harvie*, Sarah Boyack*, Cathy Peattie*, Jackie Baillie*, David Stewart*

S3M-10 Fife Teams in Scottish Cup Finals (lodged on 14 May 2007) Dr Richard Simpson*

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

S3M-8 Edinburgh Airport Rail Link (lodged on 14 May 2007) Sarah Boyack*

S3M-7 Trams for Edinburgh (lodged on 14 May 2007) Sarah Boyack*

S3M-6 Scotland Welcomes the 2007 UEFA Cup Final (lodged on 14 May 2007) Hugh O’Donnell*, Cathie Craigie*, Dr Richard Simpson*, Bob Doris*

S3M-5 Galashiels Crown Post Office (lodged on 10 May 2007) Aileen Campbell*

S3M-4 Low Limit for Small Claims Courts (lodged on 9 May 2007) Ken Macintosh*, Alison McInnes*, Jim Hume*, Mike Rumbles*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Kenneth Gibson*

S3M-2 Monklands General Hospital (lodged on 9 May 2007) Kenneth Gibson*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Margaret Mitchell*

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