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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-70 Helen Eadie: European Mobile Phone Charges—That the Parliament applauds the proposals to cut mobile phone charges, known as "roaming" charges, for travellers within the European Union to be put to the European Commission and the 27 EU member states; notes that the changes will result in reductions in charges of as much as 75%, affecting 150 million people across Europe; warmly welcomes the announcement that the cost of making calls is to be capped at 33p a minute in year one and at 31p in year two, with further reductions in year three and that the cost of receiving calls will similarly be reduced; believes that this will support both business and tourist travellers, and hopes that this decision will demonstrate the value and real difference that European Parliamentarians and politicians of other member states can achieve when they act collectively to bring a major impact to people locally.

*S3M-69 Irene Oldfather: Early Years Education—That the Parliament acknowledges the importance of good quality early years education in a child’s social and academic development; is aware that in a modern Scotland the majority of parents are working parents and require assistance with childcare at the beginning and end of the school day; is proud of Scotland’s record post-devolution in providing access to affordable after-school facilities and wraparound care using a range of arts, music, sport and study support, as well as free nursery places for every three and four-year-old; considers this system to be one of the best in Europe; recognises that membership of the European Union allows us the opportunity to exchange ideas and examples of good practice with other member states and regions throughout the EU; is aware that the Committee of the Regions held an extraordinary meeting in Brussels on 8 May 2007, entitled "Putting children first: implementing the Barcelona targets at local, regional, and national levels", whereby representatives of education authorities from across Europe met to share experiences; welcomes the fact that two of Scotland’s representatives attended from North Ayrshire Council; is aware that North Ayrshire Council operates out-of-school services which are currently open to any child in the area and which consist of breakfast clubs for pre-school care and after-school care which involves a varied range of activities for the children, such as art, drama, games, music, sports, IT activities, environmental activities and circus skills, with healthy snacks and drinks also being provided; considers that this is a great working example of the success of the Scottish early years education system to date, and calls on the Scottish Executive to continue supporting Scottish parents by maintaining and extending funding for such services at this crucial stage in a child’s development.

*S3M-68 Patricia Ferguson: Cameroon National Day—That the Parliament notes that 20 May is Cameroon National Day; sends its best wishes to all those Cameroonians living and working in Scotland, and notes with gratitude the important contribution that they make, socially, culturally and economically, to the communities in which they live.

*S3M-67 Alex Salmond: Law Officers—That the Parliament notes that Elish Angiolini QC holds the office of the Lord Advocate on the recommendation of the Parliament agreed to on 5 October 2006 (S2M-4924) and agrees that it be recommended to Her Majesty that Frank Mulholland QC be appointed as Solicitor General for Scotland.

*S3M-66♦ Alex Neil: Youth Unemployment—That the Parliament expresses concern at the level of youth unemployment in Lanarkshire and elsewhere in Scotland; recognises the need to give priority to reducing the number of 16 to 19-year-olds who are not in education, employment or training; recognises that existing programmes and policies are not delivering sufficient opportunities for young people, and considers that an urgent review of the situation should be carried out with a view to further action being taken to address the position.

*S3M-65 Brian Adam: Closure of Remploy Factories—That the Parliament expresses its concern at the announcement of the closure of Remploy factories in Aberdeen, Wishaw and Hillington in Glasgow; recognises the valuable role that Remploy plays in providing skills and jobs for disabled people, who are four times more likely to be unemployed; questions the alternatives available for those at the Remploy factory in Aberdeen, and calls on Remploy and the Scottish Executive to make every effort to respond to this situation and minimise the impact of the announcement.

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-63# Implementation of the Glasgow Crossrail Scheme (lodged on 22 May 2007) Cathie Craigie*, Paul Martin*, Michael McMahon*, Patrick Harvie*, Jackie Baillie*, Ken Macintosh*, Iain Gray*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Mr Frank McAveety*, Charlie Gordon*, Robert Brown*, Patricia Ferguson*, Bill Aitken*

S3M-59♦ Tartan Day Celebrations (lodged on 22 May 2007) Bob Doris*

S3M-58 Dumfries House (lodged on 22 May 2007) John Scott*, Rhona Brankin*, Derek Brownlee*, Andy Kerr*, Iain Gray*, Patricia Ferguson*

S3M-56 National Epilepsy Week (lodged on 22 May 2007) Jamie Hepburn*, Bill Butler*, Mike Pringle*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Mary Scanlon*, Rob Gibson*, Jim Hume*, Christine Grahame*, Karen Whitefield*, Alasdair Allan*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Mike Rumbles*, Liam McArthur*, Mary Mulligan*, Jackie Baillie*

S3M-54 Local Delivery of Health Service (lodged on 22 May 2007) Jamie Hepburn*, Bob Doris*

S3M-53 Nuclear Power (lodged on 22 May 2007) Jamie Hepburn*, Bob Doris*

S3M-51 Israeli-Palestinian Relations (lodged on 22 May 2007) Jamie Hepburn*, Bob Doris*, Patrick Harvie*

S3M-49 Date of Scottish Parliament and Local Authority Elections (lodged on 22 May 2007) Bob Doris*

S3M-46 Roman Antonine Guard (lodged on 22 May 2007) John Scott*, Jamie Hepburn*, Margaret Mitchell*, Annabel Goldie*, Roseanna Cunningham*, Ross Finnie*, Richard Baker*, David Whitton*, Bill Aitken*, Jeremy Purvis*, Andy Kerr*, Rhona Brankin*, Cathy Peattie*, Jackie Baillie*, Malcolm Chisholm*, Ted Brocklebank*

S3M-44 A Secure Future for Crichton Campus (lodged on 22 May 2007) Elaine Murray*

S3M-43# Demolition of Cooling Towers at Chapelcross Power Station (lodged on 22 May 2007) Cathy Peattie*, Ken Macintosh*, Mary Mulligan*

S3M-41 Affordable Housing (lodged on 22 May 2007) Liam McArthur*, Jim Tolson*, Tavish Scott*, Robert Brown*, Mike Pringle*, Jim Hume*, Karen Whitefield*, Mike Rumbles*

S3M-39# Expanding Higher Education Provision at the Crichton Campus in Dumfries (lodged on 22 May 2007) Cathy Peattie*, Bill Butler*, Mary Mulligan*, Trish Godman*

S3M-38♦ Town Centre Regeneration (lodged on 22 May 2007) Mary Mulligan*, Jackie Baillie*, Trish Godman*

S3M-37# Success of Community Warden Scheme in North West Dumfries (lodged on 22 May 2007) Bill Butler*, Mary Mulligan*, Jackie Baillie*, Trish Godman*

S3M-35 Cleaner Coal Technology Feasibility Study (lodged on 17 May 2007) Trish Godman*, David Stewart*, Ms Wendy Alexander*

S3M-33 Opposition to Ship-to-Ship Oil Transfer in Firth of Forth (lodged on 17 May 2007) Trish Godman*

S3M-33.1 Opposition to Ship-to-Ship Oil Transfer in Firth of Forth (lodged on 17 May 2007) Bob Doris*

S3M-30 UK Credit Options Conference (lodged on 17 May 2007) Trish Godman*, Iain Gray*, Bob Doris*, Ms Wendy Alexander*

S3M-28 Local Food (lodged on 16 May 2007) Jeremy Purvis*

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

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