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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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

Supported by: Mr Jamie Stone, Christine Grahame

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

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.

Supported by: Alex Johnstone, Robert Brown, Hugh O’Donnell, Ross Finnie, Robin Harper, Kenneth Gibson, Patrick Harvie, Mike Rumbles, Mike Pringle, Jim Tolson

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.

Supported by: John Park, Hugh O’Donnell, Bill Butler, Robin Harper, Trish Godman, Mr Frank McAveety, James Kelly, Charlie Gordon

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.

Supported by: Alex Johnstone, Marlyn Glen

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, 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, Bill Wilson, Bob Doris, Sandra White, Christine Grahame

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.

Supported by: Hugh O’Donnell, Kenneth Gibson, John Park, Malcolm Chisholm, Mary Mulligan, Cathie Craigie, Patrick Harvie, Sarah Boyack, Cathy Peattie, Jackie Baillie, David Stewart, Ken Macintosh, Marilyn Livingstone, Patricia Ferguson, Marlyn Glen, Trish Godman

S3M-10 John Park: Fife Teams in Scottish Cup Finals—That the Parliament congratulates Dunfermline Athletic FC and Kelty Hearts JFC on reaching their respective Scottish cup finals; recognises the achievement of Dunfermline in reaching three national finals since 2004 in difficult circumstances for the club; acknowledges Kelty’s achievement in reaching its first Scottish Junior Cup Final since 1999 while overcoming high quality opposition to reach the final, and hopes that the supporters of all the clubs participating in the finals enjoy two good games of football.

Supported by: Jackie Baillie, Richard Baker, Charlie Gordon, Claire Baker, Dr Richard Simpson, Karen Gillon

S3M-9 Margo MacDonald: Capital City Funding for Edinburgh—That the Parliament urges the Scottish Executive to commit to producing a distinct and adequate for purpose funding stream for Edinburgh to enable the city council to discharge its unique responsibility to Scotland’s capital through the production and maintenance of facilities and services.

Supported by: Malcolm Chisholm, Sarah Boyack, George Foulkes

S3M-8 Margo MacDonald: Edinburgh Airport Rail Link—That the Parliament urges the Scottish Executive, together with other stakeholders, to ensure an early start to the Edinburgh Airport Rail Link project as an essential, integral part of Scottish transport communications, in view of support expressed by the public and private sector and social organisations across Scotland.

Supported by: Malcolm Chisholm, Sarah Boyack, George Foulkes, Iain Gray

S3M-7 Margo MacDonald: Trams for Edinburgh—That the Parliament urges the Scottish Executive, together with the City of Edinburgh Council, to expedite the introduction of a trams system for Scotland’s capital immediately on taking office.

Supported by: Malcolm Chisholm, Sarah Boyack, George Foulkes, Iain Gray

S3M-6 Charlie Gordon: Scotland Welcomes the 2007 UEFA Cup Final—That the Parliament welcomes fans of RCD Espanyol and Sevilla FC to Glasgow for the UEFA Cup Final at Scotland’s National Stadium, Hampden Park; notes the importance to the Glasgow and Scottish economies of such international events, and further notes that, since the UEFA Champions League final in 2002, Glasgow has enjoyed a surge in the number of people visiting from Germany and Spain in that in 2002 36,000 Germans visited the city, rising to 77,000 in 2005, and that, similarly, visits by Spaniards have more than doubled from 12,000 in 2002 to 28,000 in 2005.

Supported by: David McLetchie, Mr Frank McAveety, Mr Jamie McGrigor, Tricia Marwick, Ken Macintosh, Jackie Baillie, Mary Mulligan, James Kelly, Paul Martin, Ms Wendy Alexander, Karen Gillon, Bill Butler, Alex Johnstone, Michael McMahon, Kenneth Gibson, Andy Kerr, John Park, Sandra White, Trish Godman, Pauline McNeill, Jamie Hepburn, Hugh O’Donnell, Cathie Craigie, Dr Richard Simpson, Bob Doris

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