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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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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-137 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Establishment of Committees—That the Parliament shall establish committees of the Parliament as follows:

Name of Committee: Audit

Remit: Set out in Rule 6.7

Number of members: 8

Convenership: The Convener will be a member of the Labour Party and the Deputy Convener will be a member of the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party.

Name of Committee: Equal Opportunities

Remit: Set out in Rule 6.9

Number of members: 8

Convenership: The Convener will be a member of the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party and the Deputy Convener will be a member of the Labour Party.

Name of Committee: European and External Relations

Remit: Set out in Rule 6.8

Number of members: 8

Convenership: The Convener will be a member of the Labour Party and the Deputy Convener will be a member of the Scottish National Party.

Name of Committee: Finance

Remit: Set out in Rule 6.6

Number of members: 8

Convenership: The Convener will be a member of the Scottish National Party and the Deputy Convener will be a member of the Labour Party.

Name of Committee: Public Petitions

Remit: Set out in Rule 6.10

Number of members: 9

Convenership: The Convener will be a member of the Labour Party and the Deputy Convener will be a member of the Scottish Liberal Democrat Party.

Name of Committee: Procedures

Remit: Set out in Rule 6.4

Number of members: 7

Convenership: The Convener will be a member of the Scottish National Party and the Deputy Convener will be a member of the Labour Party.

Name of Committee: Standards and Public Appointments

Remit: Set out in Rule 6.5

Number of members: 7

Convenership: The Convener will be a member of the Scottish National Party and the Deputy Convener will be a member of the Labour Party.

Name of Committee: Subordinate Legislation

Remit: Set out in Rule 6.11

Number of members: 7

Convenership: The Convener will be a member of the Scottish Liberal Democrat Party and the Deputy Convener will be a member of the Scottish National Party.

Name of Committee: Justice

Remit: To consider and report on (a) the administration of criminal and civil justice, community safety, and other matters falling within the responsibility of the Cabinet Secretary for Justice and (b) the functions of the Lord Advocate, other than as head of the systems of criminal prosecution and investigation of deaths in Scotland.

Number of members: 8

Convenership: The Convener will be a member of the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party and the Deputy Convener will be a member of the Labour Party.

Duration: For the whole session of the Parliament

Name of Committee: Economy, Energy and Tourism

Remit: To consider and report on the Scottish economy, enterprise, energy, tourism and all other matters falling within the responsibility of the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth apart from those covered by the remits of the Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change and the Local Government and Communities Committees.

Number of members: 8

Convenership: The Convener will be a member of the Scottish Liberal Democrat Party and the Deputy Convener will be a member of the Scottish National Party.

Duration: For the whole session of the Parliament

Name of Committee: Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change

Remit: To consider and report on matters relating to transport, infrastructure and climate change falling within the remit of the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth.

Number of members: 8

Convenership: The Convener will be a member of the Scottish Green Party and the Deputy Convener will be a member of the Labour Party.

Duration: For the whole session of the Parliament

Name of Committee: Health and Sport

Remit: To consider and report on (a) health policy and the NHS in Scotland and other matters falling within the responsibility of the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing and (b) matters relating to sport falling within the responsibility of the Minister for Communities and Sport.

Number of members: 8

Convenership: The Convener will be a member of the Scottish National Party and the Deputy Convener will be a member of the Scottish Liberal Democrat Party.

Duration: For the whole session of the Parliament

Name of Committee: Local Government and Communities

Remit: To consider and report on (a) the financing and delivery of local government and local services and planning; and (b) housing, regeneration, anti-poverty measures and other matters (apart from sport) falling within the responsibility of the Minister for Communities and Sport.

Number of members: 8

Convenership: The Convener will be a member of the Labour Party and the Deputy Convener will be a member of the Scottish National Party.

Duration: For the whole session of the Parliament

Name of Committee: Education, Lifelong Learning and Culture

Remit: To consider and report on (a) further and higher education, lifelong learning, schools, pre-school care, skills and other matters falling within the responsibility of the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning; and (b) matters relating to culture and the arts falling within the responsibility of the Minister for Europe, External Affairs and Culture.

Number of members: 8

Convenership: The Convener will be a member of the Labour Party and the Deputy Convener will be a member of the Scottish National Party.

Duration: For the whole session of the Parliament

Name of Committee: Rural Affairs and Environment

Remit: To consider and report on agriculture, fisheries and rural development and other matters falling within the responsibility of the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment.

Number of members: 8

Convenership: The Convener will be a member of the Scottish National Party and the Deputy Convener will be a member of the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party.

Duration: For the whole session of the Parliament

*S3M-136 Mr Jamie Stone: Royal National Mod in Thurso in 2010—That the Parliament supports the efforts of members of An Comunn Gaidhealach in Caithness in its efforts to hold the Royal National Mod in Thurso in 2010: recognises that this event would be a showcase for the Gaelic language and culture in the far north; notes that the event will act as a focus for local businesses, art and culture in the years running up to the event and will also be a draw for many tourists who may otherwise not travel to Caithness, and further notes its potential valuable boost to the local economy and its ability to generate interest in Gaelic language and culture among all age groups.

The member has provided the following Gaelic translation:

Gu bheil a’ Phàrlamaid a’ cur a taic ri oidhirpean buill a’ Chomuinn Ghaidhealaich ann an Gallaibh agus iad a’ feuchainn ris a’ Mhòd Nàiseanta Rìoghail a chumail ann an Inbhir Theòrsa ann an 2010: gu bheilear ag aithneachadh gun cuireadh an leithid de thachartas cànain is cultar na Gàidhlig an cèill ann am fìor cheann a tuath na h-Alba: gu bheilear mothachail gum biodh am Mòd na bhrosnachadh do ghnìomhachasan ionadail, do na h-ealain agus do chultar anns an sgìre anns an ùine ron fhèill: gun tarraingeadh an tachartas luchd-turais nach tigeadh gu Gallaibh às aonais: gum biodh e na chuideachadh don eaconomaidh agus gun togadh e ùidh ann an cànain agus cultar na Gàidhlig am measg gach aois.

*S3M-135 Ross Finnie: 30 a Day—That the Parliament welcomes the British Heart Foundation’s (BHF) 30 a Day campaign, which aims to encourage people aged over 50 to invest in their health and well-being by getting active; notes that inactivity is a key risk factor for coronary heart disease, the most common cause of premature death in Scotland, as well as raising the risk of other life-threatening diseases; recognises that just 30 minutes of moderate physical activity at least five times a week can halve the risk of heart disease; notes with concern that less than half of men and a third of women in Scotland are meeting this recommendation and that these numbers decline with age; supports the view that, while personal action is key to raising physical activity levels among this age group, there are a number of policy measures that can support older adults in becoming more active, and joins the BHF in calling on the Scottish Executive and local authorities to ensure that helping people aged over 50 to get active becomes a higher priority.

*S3M-134# Sandra White: Green Initiatives—That the Parliament welcomes the actions taken by BAE Systems in Glasgow which have changed the method for painting warships, leading to reductions in the use of over 12,000 litres of paint and in the production of 10 tonnes of volatile compound emissions, a cut in landfill by over 300 tonnes and cost savings of tens of thousands of pounds; believes that, by developing innovative approaches to tackling environmental issues, institutions, businesses and individuals play a vital role in developing environmental policy, and recognises the importance of looking at ways of achieving these ends.

Supported by: Robin Harper*, Nigel Don*, Nanette Milne*, Stuart McMillan*, Kenneth Gibson*, Mr Jamie Stone*, Rob Gibson*, Hugh O’Donnell*

*S3M-133 Alasdair Allan: National Society for Epilepsy—That the Parliament congratulates the 10 cyclists currently making the 430-mile trip from London to Edinburgh to raise money for the National Society for Epilepsy; notes that the team is a mixture of able-bodied cyclists and cyclists with disabilities and includes Paul Seager, who has severe epilepsy as well as being physically disabled, who is making the trip on a specially adapted bike; looks forward to the team’s arrival at Edinburgh Castle on Saturday 9 June 2007, and commends the cyclists both for their own sporting achievement and for the attention which they have drawn to the issues of epilepsy and epilepsy research.

*S3M-132 Tavish Scott: Bells Brae Primary School Golden Jubilee—That the Parliament congratulates Bells Brae Primary School in Lerwick on the occasion of its Golden Jubilee celebrations on Thursday 7 June 2007; notes the commitment of Mrs Margaret Rorie, Head Teacher, the staff, pupils and all who are involved in the school’s success; commends the school for its active role in the local community, and looks forward to Bells Brae Primary School being an essential component of Shetland’s commitment to educational achievement in the future.

*S3M-131 Bill Wilson: Lancet Publisher Withdraws from Defence Exhibitions—That the Parliament notes the valuable contribution to society made by The Lancet and that it was the aptly named Lancet that cut through the fog of war to reveal the true extent of casualties in Iraq during the present conflict; notes the very considerable support that the staff of The Lancet gained in their recent campaign to encourage its publishers, Reed Elsevier, to withdraw from the defence exhibitions industry, and wishes to congratulate both The Lancet staff and Reed Elsevier for the decision by the latter to withdraw from the defence exhibitions industry.

*S3M-130 Marlyn Glen: Congratulations on Montrose’s Blue Flag Award—That the Parliament congratulates Montrose on winning the coveted international Blue Flag for the condition of its beach, water quality and cleanliness; acknowledges the work of the community and Angus Council towards achieving this distinction, and notes with great satisfaction that the latest awards represent the best-ever results for Scotland in the scheme.

*S3M-129 Marlyn Glen: Congratulations on Broughty Ferry’s Blue Flag Award—That the Parliament congratulates Broughty Ferry on securing the coveted international Blue Flag for the condition of its beach, water quality and cleanliness for the third consecutive year; acknowledges the combined efforts of the community and Dundee City Council in this achievement, and notes with great satisfaction that the latest awards represent the best-ever results for Scotland in the scheme.

*S3M-128 George Foulkes: National Transplant Week—That the Parliament notes that National Transplant Week runs from 7 to 14 July 2007; recognises that there is a need to raise awareness of organ donation and the number of potential transplant recipients on waiting lists across Scotland and that many patients not only make a full recovery on receipt of a transplant but excel in their chosen sporting field; further notes that the 2007 British Transplant Games are taking place in Edinburgh from 26 to 29 July, and encourages politicians, community and business leaders and the public at large not only to support these games but also to sign themselves up to the organ donation register.

Supported by: Kenneth Gibson*, David Stewart*, Mr Jamie Stone*, Patrick Harvie*, Derek Brownlee*, Patricia Ferguson*, David Whitton*, James Kelly*, Nanette Milne*, Jackie Baillie*, Iain Gray*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Marlyn Glen*, Rob Gibson*, Mike Rumbles*, Elaine Murray*, Mary Scanlon*, Mary Mulligan*, Sandra White*, Murdo Fraser*, Robin Harper*, Trish Godman*, Helen Eadie*, Michael McMahon*, Sarah Boyack*, John Park*

*S3M-127.1 Robin Harper: Sustainable Public Transport Systems—As an amendment to motion (S3M-127) in the name of Des McNulty, leave out from "Scottish Executive ministers" to end and insert "sustainable public transport systems which meet the needs of communities and businesses are essential for Scotland’s economic development; recognises that the case for the Edinburgh Tram scheme is supported by Scotland’s business, environmental and sustainable transport organisations, as well as a majority of the Parliament; notes that the Edinburgh Airport Rail Link has been heavily criticised by environment and sustainable transport organisations and that the report by consultants Arup indicated that it posed a threat to the business case for the trams; recognises that there are significant environmental, technical and financial problems with other transport infrastructure projects in Scotland, such as the M74 Northern Extension and the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route; considers that a short review process would be acceptable to assess these issues, and calls on the Scottish Executive to report on the result of such a review before the summer recess."

Supported by: Patrick Harvie*

*S3M-127.2 Tavish Scott: Sustainable Public Transport Systems—As an amendment to motion (S3M-127) in the name of Des McNulty, insert at end "and notes with concern the decision to involve Audit Scotland in reviewing the Edinburgh Trams and Edinburgh Airport Rail Link projects, particularly given the short timescale in which Audit Scotland is to undertake the review, the lack of detail provided to the Parliament on the terms of reference for the review and the possible implications for the independence of Audit Scotland."

*S3M-127.3 Stewart Stevenson: Sustainable Public Transport Systems—As an amendment to motion (S3M-127) in the name of Des McNulty, leave out from first "believes" to end and insert "recognises the different policy positions of various political parties; notes that the Scottish Government has invited the Auditor General to consider the approach to financial and risk management taken in the preparation of the Edinburgh Tram and Edinburgh Airport Rail Link proposals, and welcomes the fact that ministers will report to the Parliament on this matter before the summer recess."

Supported by: John Swinney*

*S3M-127.3.1 Alex Johnstone: Sustainable Public Transport Systems—As an amendment to amendment (S3M-127.3) in the name of Stewart Stevenson, insert at end "and calls on the Scottish Executive to bring forward a motion for parliamentary debate within its own time on these issues."

*S3M-126.1 Murdo Fraser: Skills and Vocational Education—As an amendment to motion (S3M-126) in the name of Hugh Henry, insert at end "but also appreciates the excellent facilities and expertise in further education colleges and believes that more use must be made of these for educating school-age pupils so that, taken together with the introduction of specialist vocational schools, this ensures that every young person can readily access vocational education courses from the age of 14, and further believes that each local authority should work with head teachers and local further education institutions to produce a strategy for teaching science and technology."

*S3M-126.2 Jeremy Purvis: Skills and Vocational Education—As an amendment to motion (S3M-126) in the name of Hugh Henry, leave out from "about the shortage" to end and insert "that opportunities should exist for school pupils to gain vocational and educational skills from the age of 14 through both school and college; believes that there should be closer links between schools, colleges and local businesses building on the highly successful school and college partnerships and the Skills for Work and Determined to Succeed initiatives; reaffirms its support for comprehensive secondary education; rejects the establishment of skills academies, and rather believes that Scotland’s colleges should receive an annual 3% real terms increase in funding to help support partnerships with schools, that there should be a new target of 50,000 Modern Apprenticeships by 2011 to widen training opportunities for young people, that secondary schools and colleges should have business incubators to develop entrepreneurial skills and to ensure that Scotland remains competitive in delivering high-level skills and research and that the Scottish Executive should meet the funding bid from Universities Scotland for an additional £168 million funding over the next spending review period."

*S3M-126.3 Fiona Hyslop: Skills and Vocational Education—As an amendment to motion (S3M-126) in the name of Hugh Henry, leave out from "recognises" to end and insert "notes the concerns raised by the business community about the shortage of school leavers proficient in science and technical subjects; believes that there is a need for more vocational skills experience for 14 to 18-year-olds, including improvements in school/college links and increased focus on the teaching of science in schools, and notes the Scottish Government’s decision to develop a Scottish skills strategy to help deliver the skills needed for 21st century Scotland."

Supported by: Maureen Watt*

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; *considers that the school meals pilot should be rolled-out across Scotland, and recognises the importance of* action across the public sector to encourage the procurement of more locally grown produce.

Supported by: Margo MacDonald*, Iain Smith*

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-127 Sustainable Public Transport Systems (lodged on 5 June 2007) Margo MacDonald*

S3M-124 Council of Economic Advisers Representation (lodged on 5 June 2007) Malcolm Chisholm*, Margo MacDonald*

S3M-120 Dario Franchitti (lodged on 5 June 2007) Tavish Scott*, Stuart McMillan*, Mr Jamie Stone*, Joe FitzPatrick*

S3M-119 Hawick Common Riding (lodged on 5 June 2007) Jamie McGrigor*, Christine Grahame*, Jackson Carlaw*, Elizabeth Smith*, Nanette Milne*, Kenneth Gibson*, John Scott*, Murdo Fraser*, Derek Brownlee*, Ted Brocklebank*, Peter Peacock*, Jeremy Purvis*

S3M-117 Appointment of Gordon Smith as SFA Chief Executive (lodged on 4 June 2007) Stuart McMillan*, Trish Godman*, George Foulkes*

S3M-114 Independent Asylum Commission (lodged on 4 June 2007) Robert Brown*, Ian McKee*, Malcolm Chisholm*, Bill Wilson*, Mr Jamie Stone*

S3M-112.1 European Marine Energy Centre - Stromness (lodged on 4 June 2007) Bashir Ahmad*, Mr Jamie Stone*, Andrew Welsh*, Ian McKee*, Stuart McMillan*, Christine Grahame*, Christina McKelvie*, Robin Harper*, Kenneth Gibson*

S3M-111# Carers Week 11 to 17 June - Carers’ Rights Guide (lodged on 1 June 2007) Robin Harper*, Trish Godman*, Iain Gray*

S3M-110 Village Halls (lodged on 1 June 2007) Iain Smith*

S3M-109 Dementia Awareness Week 2007 - 4 to 8 June (lodged on 1 June 2007) Margo MacDonald*, Robin Harper*, Mr Jamie Stone*, John Lamont*, David Stewart*, James Kelly*, Liam McArthur*, Jackie Baillie*, Iain Gray*, Marlyn Glen*, Malcolm Chisholm*, George Foulkes*, Bashir Ahmad*, Sarah Boyack*, Sandra White*, Marilyn Livingstone*, Trish Godman*, Ross Finnie*, John Park*

S3M-108 Tesco Distribution Depot Workers, Livingston (lodged on 31 May 2007) Trish Godman*

S3M-107 Antonine Centre (lodged on 31 May 2007) Trish Godman*, Mary Mulligan*

S3M-106 Cumbernauld’s 50th Anniversary (lodged on 31 May 2007) Trish Godman*, Mary Mulligan*

S3M-105 Nicolson Institute Under-15s Football Team (lodged on 31 May 2007) Stuart McMillan*

S3M-102# 30th Anniversaries of Maryhill Housing Association and Queens Cross Housing Association (lodged on 30 May 2007) Bob Doris*

S3M-101 Planning for Further Extensions to the Route of the Borders Railway (lodged on 30 May 2007) Iain Smith*

S3M-100 Football in Dundee (lodged on 30 May 2007) Stuart McMillan*

S3M-99 Darfur and Chad: Disasters Emergency Committee Appeal (lodged on 30 May 2007) Des McNulty*, Kenneth Gibson*, Stuart McMillan*, Bill Wilson*, Mr Jamie Stone*, Mary Mulligan*

S3M-96# Congratulations to Adi Roche (lodged on 30 May 2007) Stuart McMillan*, Mr Jamie Stone*

S3M-94 Scottish Whale and Dolphin Sanctuary (lodged on 30 May 2007) Stuart McMillan*

S3M-92# Recognising Success in the Voluntary Sector (lodged on 29 May 2007) Dr Richard Simpson*

S3M-91# Autism Parliamentary Network (lodged on 29 May 2007) Alison McInnes*, Stuart McMillan*

S3M-85# Water Rates and Charitable Organisations (lodged on 29 May 2007) Alison McInnes*, Margo MacDonald*, Iain Smith*, Mr Jamie Stone*

S3M-77 Congratulations to Queen’s Park FC on Promotion to the 2nd Division (lodged on 24 May 2007) Stuart McMillan*

S3M-72# Glasgow Milton and Chirnsyde Community Initiative (lodged on 24 May 2007) Joe FitzPatrick*, Aileen Campbell*

S3M-71 Support for Tesco Lorry Drivers Based at the Livingston Distribution Centre (lodged on 24 May 2007) Kenneth Gibson*

S3M-69 Early Years Education (lodged on 23 May 2007) Dr Richard Simpson*

S3M-58# Dumfries House (lodged on 22 May 2007) Jamie McGrigor*

S3M-56 National Epilepsy Week (lodged on 22 May 2007) Dr Richard Simpson*

S3M-55 Congratulations to Waitrose Supermarkets for Starting Plastic Bag Reduction (lodged on 22 May 2007) Liam McArthur*, Mike Rumbles*, Jim Hume*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Jackson Carlaw*, Kenneth Gibson*, Robert Brown*, Mr Jamie Stone*, Ross Finnie*, Jim Tolson*, Trish Godman*

S3M-54 Local Delivery of Health Service (lodged on 22 May 2007) Stuart McMillan*

S3M-53 Nuclear Power (lodged on 22 May 2007) Margo MacDonald*

S3M-41 Affordable Housing (lodged on 22 May 2007) Alison McInnes*, Iain Smith*

S3M-35 Cleaner Coal Technology Feasibility Study (lodged on 17 May 2007) Dr Richard Simpson*

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

S3M-30 UK Credit Options Conference (lodged on 17 May 2007) Dr Richard Simpson*, Margo MacDonald*

S3M-29# Alimta for Mesothelioma Sufferers (lodged on 17 May 2007) Margo MacDonald*, David Whitton*

S3M-25 Support for Edinburgh Trams Project (lodged on 16 May 2007) Margo MacDonald*

S3M-24 Support for Edinburgh Airport Rail Link (lodged on 16 May 2007) Margo MacDonald*

S3M-11 Breastfeeding Awareness Week, 13 to 19 May 2007 (lodged on 15 May 2007) Dr Richard Simpson*

S3M-8 Edinburgh Airport Rail Link (lodged on 14 May 2007) Dr Richard Simpson*

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

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