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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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

*S3M-36 Nicol Stephen: Making Every Vote Count—That the Parliament notes the achievement of securing proportional representation through a system of single transferable votes (STV) for the 2007 local government elections and the resulting transformation of local governance in Scotland; notes with concern the number of spoiled ballot papers for the Scottish Parliament elections and that these significantly exceeded those for the local government elections; believes that there should be the same voting system for the Scottish Parliament as there is for local government and that STV represents the fairest system of election; notes the further benefit of having one system of election for all levels of government in improving public confidence in the electoral system, and therefore calls on the UK Parliament to amend the Scotland Act 1998 to replace the use of the additional member system with a new system of proportional representation using single transferable votes in multi-member constituencies in all future Scottish Parliament elections.

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

*S3M-35 Iain Gray: Cleaner Coal Technology Feasibility Study—That the Parliament welcomes the announcement by ScottishPower of a feasibility study into converting Cockenzie and Longannet power stations to cleaner coal technology; welcomes the fact that investment in new supercritical turbines and boilers could cut carbon emissions at the two stations by 20%; notes the flexibility that coal-fired plants provide as part of a diverse energy mix, and welcomes the consideration of extended life-spans for Cockenzie and Longannet, which could secure continuing employment for hundreds of skilled workers in East Lothian and Fife and help to maintain those counties’ contribution to Scotland’s baseload energy needs and address climate change.

Supported by: Pauline McNeill*, Kenneth Gibson*, Claire Baker*, Charlie Gordon*, Brian Adam*, John Park*, Rhona Brankin*

*S3M-34 Hugh O’Donnell: Closure of Bath Press Ltd, Blantyre—That the Parliament urges the Scottish Executive to offer what support it can to the people who will lose their jobs as a result of the closure of Bath Press Ltd in Blantyre; recognises that this closure represents a real loss to the community of Blantyre, and encourages the Executive to work with other agencies to bring other businesses into the area so that new, local employment opportunities can be created.

*S3M-33 Iain Gray: Opposition to Ship-to-Ship Oil Transfer in Firth of Forth—That the Parliament opposes proposals by SPT Marine Services to transfer oil between ships in the Firth of Forth; expresses concern over the company’s role in the spillage of 35,000 gallons of oil in the Gulf of Mexico; notes the European Commission’s view that the transfer of oil between vessels is "a complex technical operation entailing a considerable risk of oil being split into the sea"; further notes the European Commission’s response to question E-0982/07 from Catherine Stihler MEP that "a project or plan that will adversely affect a special area of conservation can only be carried out for imperative reasons of overriding public interest and in the absence of alternative solutions"; does not believe that these conditions have been met, and therefore considers that the Scottish Executive should take steps to protect the Firth of Forth by ensuring that these ill-conceived plans do not come to fruition.

Supported by: Elaine Murray*, Claire Baker*, John Park*, Rhona Brankin*, Malcolm Chisholm*

*S3M-33.1 Patrick Harvie: Opposition to Ship-to-Ship Oil Transfer in Firth of Forth—As an amendment to motion (S3M-33) in the name of Iain Gray, insert at end "recognises that, as a result of discussions between the Green Party and the SNP, the Executive has the tools at its disposal to take action on this issue, which the previous Executive persistently did not take, and welcomes this development as an example of the co-operation which will become possible if all parties in the Parliament bring a constructive approach to their work."

Supported by: Tricia Marwick*

*S3M-32 Malcolm Chisholm: Seafield Waste Water Treatment Works—That the Parliament welcomes the commitment of the previous Deputy Minister for Environment and Rural Development to provide resources to rectify the serious odour problems at the Seafield Waste Water Treatment Works; considers that the new Scottish Executive should reaffirm that commitment; notes the new powers given to local authorities from 1 April 2007 to require high odour standards of Scottish Water, and calls on Scottish Water and the City of Edinburgh Council to make immediate use of the resources announced by the previous deputy minister in order to deal urgently with this totally unacceptable smell.

*S3M-31 Jeremy Purvis: Support a Rail Link to the Borders—That the Parliament notes with deep concern the commitment in the SNP’s 2007 election manifesto to redirect funding from the Edinburgh Airport Rail Link (EARL); believes that the scheme approved by the Parliament is a crucial complementary scheme to the Waverley rail project, ensuring connectivity of the Borders and Midlothian to Edinburgh Airport without a change, and further believes that a halting of the EARL scheme also brings with it concern over any subsequent scheme and that the Parliament should reassert support for both the Waverley rail project and the EARL scheme.

*S3M-30 Jackie Baillie: UK Credit Options Conference—That the Parliament recognises the crucial importance of fair and affordable credit for all in Scotland; welcomes delegates to the second UK credit options conference in Edinburgh on 29 and 30 May 2007, hosted by Citizens Advice Scotland and Debt on our Doorstep, and acknowledges the importance of the Cross-Parliamentary Cross-Party Group on Tackling Debt in contributing to full debate of the issues surrounding credit and debt.

*S3M-29# Des McNulty: Alimta for Mesothelioma Sufferers—That the Parliament recognises that mesothelioma is a particularly aggressive cancer of the lungs, almost exclusively caused by exposure to asbestos; also recognises that West Dunbartonshire has the highest incidence of this work-related disease in Scotland and the second highest in the United Kingdom; further recognises that Alimta is the only drug licensed to treat mesothelioma, where it has been found to deliver significant improvements in the quality of life of sufferers, and considers that Scottish Executive ministers should ensure that Alimta continues to be made available to all existing and new mesothelioma sufferers who, in the professional opinion of consultant oncologists, would benefit from it.

Supported by: Michael McMahon*, Charlie Gordon*, John Park*, Sandra White*, Jackie Baillie*, Ken Macintosh*, James Kelly*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Duncan McNeil*, Trish Godman*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Kenneth Gibson*, Bill Butler*, Mary Mulligan*, Pauline McNeill*, Iain Gray*

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-28 Local Food (lodged on 16 May 2007) Alex Johnstone*, Robert Brown*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Ross Finnie*, Robin Harper*, Kenneth Gibson*, Patrick Harvie*, Mike Rumbles*, Mike Pringle*, Jim Tolson*

S3M-15 Congratulations to Linlithgow Rose FC (lodged on 16 May 2007) John Park*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Bill Butler*, Robin Harper*, Trish Godman*, Mr Frank McAveety*, James Kelly*, Charlie Gordon*

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

S3M-12♦ Scottish Norwegian Commercial Co-operation (lodged on 15 May 2007) Bill Wilson*, Bob Doris*, Sandra White*, Christine Grahame*

S3M-11 Breastfeeding Awareness Week, 13 to 19 May 2007 (lodged on 15 May 2007) Ken Macintosh*, Marilyn Livingstone*, Patricia Ferguson*, Marlyn Glen*, Trish Godman*

S3M-10 Fife Teams in Scottish Cup Finals (lodged on 14 May 2007) Karen Gillon*

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

S3M-8 Edinburgh Airport Rail Link (lodged on 14 May 2007) George Foulkes*, Iain Gray*

S3M-7 Trams for Edinburgh (lodged on 14 May 2007) George Foulkes*, Iain Gray*

S3M-2 Monklands General Hospital (lodged on 9 May 2007) Bill Wilson*, Rob Gibson*, Christina McKelvie*

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