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An indication is also provided where motions and amendments have been withdrawn.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

( A search facility is also available on the Scottish Parliament web site at:

New and altered motions and amendments

*S3M-174♦ Sandra White: Asylum Seeker Policy—That the Parliament, while recognising and praising the invaluable role played by projects designed to help asylum seekers take their first steps towards integration, employment and education, such as the Prince’s Trust ShaRed Road project which has received over £150,000 to strengthen the existing youth club in North Glasgow and set up a new youth club in South Glasgow, strongly condemns the continuing use of dawn raids, despite the expectation that the March 2006 agreement between the Home Office and the Scottish Executive would put an end to this traumatic practice and would ensure that the rights, needs and interests of children in asylum seeker families are given earlier and ongoing consideration; notes that many families like the Hazizi family, whose daughter is presently studying maths and physics at university and whose son is studying at the local secondary school where teachers have praised his positive contribution, still face an uncertain future with the threat of forced removal hanging over them; believes that the recent hunger strike by asylum seekers detained at Dungavel Immigration Removal Centre in South Lanarkshire over allegations of staff brutality and the way cases are handled is a result of the way in which the issue of asylum is dealt with, and recognises the importance of addressing this situation as a matter of urgency.

*S3M-173 Robin Harper: Carbon Offsetting—That the Parliament notes the growing popularity of carbon offsetting among individuals and private companies; believes that actions by polluters to reduce carbon emissions elsewhere, or to mitigate the effects of climate change, can play a useful role in supplementing sound environmental policy by government; considers however that carbon offsetting cannot substitute for policies that reduce carbon emissions directly and that any role for offsetting should only be transitional; notes the widely held concerns about many commercial offsetting schemes and the difficulty in verifying the true value of most offsetting schemes; notes the Scottish Government’s intention to introduce carbon offsetting in respect of transport infrastructure projects, and calls on the Scottish Government, before introducing such proposals, to consider issues such as the need for rigorous independent assessments of the full direct and indirect carbon impact of each project and its associated offset, continuous updating of data for the lifetime of the infrastructure to establish any changes required to the annual offset funding, compliance with the internationally-recognised Gold Standard and the need to ensure that overall transport policy leads to direct emission reductions.

Supported by: Patrick Harvie*

*S3M-172 Jamie Hepburn: Choices For Life—That the Parliament notes the Choices For Life event held at the SECC in Glasgow, the ethos and aims of which are to give primary seven school children information and practical advice about drugs, alcohol, smoking, peer pressure and health as they prepare to enter secondary education; commends this programme, and congratulates the organisers for their efforts.

*S3M-171 Bill Wilson: African Aid by Strathclyde Police and Glasgow the Caring City—That the Parliament notes Strathclyde Police’s donation of equipment seized from cannabis growers, under the aegis of Operation League, to the charity, Glasgow the Caring City; additionally notes the support given to poor farmers and others in central Africa by Glasgow the Caring City, and commends these bodies for their exemplary humanitarian actions and for the service they have done to the international reputations of Strathclyde and Scotland.

*S3M-170 Helen Eadie: Breathe Easy Week 2007—That the Parliament welcomes British Lung Foundation Scotland’s Breathe Easy Week from 11 to 17 June 2007 which aims to "Blow the Whistle" on Scotland’s poor record on lung disease; regrets that one person in five in Scotland is affected by lung disease; further regrets that death rates from lung disease in the United Kingdom are twice the European average; expresses real concern at the impact on health, and lung disease in particular, from the use of cannabis across Scotland and recognises that earlier diagnosis and improved treatment and care for all lung disease sufferers will reduce the burden on NHS Scotland and help those affected to live longer and healthier lives; welcomes the British Lung Foundation Charter which highlights 12 priorities for improving lung health; calls on MSPs to "Blow the Whistle" on lung disease in their constituencies, and urges the Scottish Executive to work with NHS QIS to develop clinical standards for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and managed clinical networks for respiratory conditions in every NHS board area of the country.

*S3M-169 Patrick Harvie: Trident—That the Parliament congratulates the majority of Scottish MPs for voting on 14 March 2007 to reject the replacement of Trident and calls on the UK Government not to go ahead at this time with the proposal in the White Paper, The Future of the United Kingdom’s Nuclear Deterrent.

Supported by: Robin Harper*

*S3M-168 Jim Hume: What’s on your Plate? Campaign—That the Parliament congratulates NFU Scotland on the launch of its What’s on your Plate? campaign; further recognises the importance of collaboration with MSPs on such an initiative, and encourages MSPs to sign up to the online pledge supporting Scottish farming and Scottish produce.

*S3M-167 Jamie Hepburn: Extraordinary Rendition—That the Parliament notes that the Association of Chief Police Officers has declared that its investigation has found no evidence to suggest that extraordinary rendition flights have landed in the United Kingdom; further notes the recent media coverage that provides contrary evidence, as well as expressing the ongoing concern of organisations such as Amnesty International and Liberty, that such flights have been facilitated through UK airports; believes that there are significant grounds for a fuller investigation, and welcomes the approach of the Scottish Government which has invited human rights organisations, such as Amnesty International and Liberty, to engage in dialogue with it and present their concerns.

*S3M-166 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Membership of Committees—That the Parliament agrees the membership of committees of the Parliament as follows:

Audit Committee

Membership: Willie Coffey, Murdo Fraser, Charlie Gordon, Jim Hume, Stuart McMillan, Mary Mulligan, Dr Richard Simpson, Andrew Welsh

Equal Opportunities Committee

Membership: Helen Eadie, Marlyn Glen, Bill Kidd, Margaret Mitchell, Hugh O’Donnell, Elaine Smith, Sandra White, Bill Wilson

European and External Relations Committee

Membership: Jackie Baillie, Ted Brocklebank, Alasdair Morgan, Alex Neil, Irene Oldfather, John Park, Gil Paterson, Iain Smith

Finance Committee

Membership; Derek Brownlee, Joe FitzPatrick, James Kelly, Liam McArthur, Tom McCabe, Elaine Murray, Alex Neil, Andrew Welsh

Public Petitions Committee

Membership: Bashir Ahmad, Claire Baker, Angela Constance, Rhoda Grant, Robin Harper, Mr Frank McAveety, Tricia Marwick, Nanette Milne, John Farquhar Munro

Procedures Committee

Membership: Keith Brown, Cathie Craigie, Marlyn Glen, Jamie McGrigor, Christina McKelvie, Hugh O’Donnell, Dave Thompson

Standards and Public Appointments Committee

Membership: Keith Brown, Cathie Craigie, Marlyn Glen, Jamie McGrigor, Christina McKelvie, Hugh O’Donnell, Dave Thompson

Subordinate Legislation Committee

Membership: Jackson Carlaw, Helen Eadie, George Foulkes, Ian McKee, Gil Paterson, Elaine Smith, Mr Jamie Stone

Justice Committee

Membership: Bill Aitken, Bill Butler, Cathie Craigie, Nigel Don, Stuart McMillan, Paul Martin, Margaret Smith, John Wilson

Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee

Membership: Brian Adam, Gavin Brown, Iain Gray, Christopher Harvie, Marilyn Livingstone, Tavish Scott, Dave Thompson, David Whitton

Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee

Membership: Rob Gibson, Patrick Harvie, Alex Johnstone, Alison McInnes, Des McNulty, Cathy Peattie, David Stewart, Stefan Tymkewycz

Health and Sport Committee

Membership: Malcolm Chisholm, Ross Finnie, Karen Gillon, Christine Grahame, Lewis Macdonald, Ian McKee, Michael Matheson, Mary Scanlon

Local Government and Communities Committee

Membership: Alasdair Allan, Bob Doris, Kenneth Gibson, Johann Lamont, David McLetchie, Michael McMahon, Duncan McNeil, Jim Tolson

Education, Lifelong Learning and Culture Committee

Membership: Aileen Campbell, Rob Gibson, Ken Macintosh, Christina McKelvie, Pauline McNeill, Jeremy Purvis, Elizabeth Smith, Karen Whitefield

Rural Affairs and Environment Committee

Membership: Richard Baker, Sarah Boyack, Roseanna Cunningham, Jamie Hepburn, Peter Peacock, Mike Rumbles, John Scott, Bill Wilson

*S3M-165 Bruce Crawford on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament agrees the following programme of business—

Wednesday 20 June 2007

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Executive Debate: Government’s Objective for a Smarter Scotland

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 21 June 2007

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party Business

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time—

Education and Lifelong Learning;
Europe, External Affairs and Culture

2.55 pm Ministerial Statement: Climate Change

followed by Executive Debate: Housing

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Wednesday 27 June 2007

2.30 pm Time for Reflection

followed by Executive Business

followed by Business Motion

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

Thursday 28 June 2007

9.15 am Parliamentary Bureau Motions

followed by Executive Business

11.40 am General Question Time

12 noon First Minister’s Question Time

2.15 pm Themed Question Time—

Rural Affairs and the Environment;
Health and Wellbeing

2.55 pm Executive Business

followed by Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5.00 pm Decision Time

followed by Members’ Business

*S3M-164 Christine Grahame: Dynamic Teleswitched Tariff—That the Parliament notes with concern that some 200,000 consumers in Scotland are affected by Scottish Power’s dynamic teleswitched tariff which, because of its complexities of metering and billing, effectively deprives them of choice as the difficulty and cost of operating these switches deters alternative suppliers from competing for customers; further notes that some of these consumers are on fixed and low incomes and that the lack of a realistic alternative also deprives consumers of choices such as online accounts, green tariffs or capped rates, and urges Ofgem to amend condition 32 of the standard licence conditions to stipulate the range and specific type of tariffs to be made available to consumers.

*S3M-163 Christine Grahame: EIS Call for Ban on Armed Forces Recruitment—That the Parliament endorses the recent vote by the Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS), Scotland’s largest teaching union, in passing a motion calling for a ban on Army recruitment campaigns in all schools.

*S3M-162# Bill Kidd: Car Parking Charges Review—That the Parliament broadly welcomes the outcome of the review of car parking charges by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde; expresses concern, however, that this review was only undertaken after concerted pressure from patient groups, staff and MSPs and that the review fails to recognise and admit that the previous regime was indeed unfair; shares the concern of nurses that they will still have to pay £300 per year in charges, and considers that, following discussion with nursing organisations, guidelines should be issued to cap the amount that can be charged to staff.

Supported by: Bob Doris*, Keith Brown*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Bashir Ahmad*, Rob Gibson*, Kenneth Gibson*

*S3M-161 Nanette Milne: What’s On Your Plate? Campaign—That the Parliament welcomes NFU Scotland’s What’s On Your Plate? campaign which aims to highlight all the positive things delivered by Scottish farming and farmers and to persuade people to support Scottish farming by buying local food and drink; notes that the campaign asks consumers to read labels carefully and look out for Scottish produce when they are shopping; supports the call for all Scotland’s schools to organise farm visits and backs the use of a seasonal chart to target Scottish foods when they are in season, and encourages all MSPs to visit the campaign website to sign the pledge of support for Scottish food and farming.

*S3M-160 Iain Gray: Keep Scotland Beautiful Seaside Awards—That the Parliament notes the announcement of Keep Scotland Beautiful’s Seaside Awards for beaches that are clean and well-managed; welcomes the fact that a record 51 Scottish beaches have won awards this year, including seven in East Lothian; recognises, in particular, the achievements of Gullane Bents in East Lothian and St Andrews West Sands in Fife in consistently meeting the required standards since the inception of the awards in 1992; commends local authorities, residents and visitors for their contribution to raising standards over the last 15 years, and applauds the valuable role which Keep Scotland Beautiful’s Seaside Awards programme plays in highlighting and promoting these special locations.

*S3M-159 Sarah Boyack: The Continued Detention of Aung San Suu Kyi—That the Parliament condemns the recent move on the part of the Burmese authorities to extend for a further 12 months the detention of Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of Burma’s National League for Democracy, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize and one of only two foreign nationals to be awarded the freedom of the City of Edinburgh, who has been under house arrest for most of the last 20 years; sends Aung San Suu Kyi best wishes on her 62nd birthday on Tuesday 19 June 2007, and commends the work of Aung San Suu Kyi’s supporters across Scotland, including the Burma Subgroup of Amnesty International based at St Mark’s Unitarian Church in Edinburgh, in campaigning for her immediate release and the release of others like her who have sought to secure democracy and human rights in Burma by non-violent means.

Supported by: Des McNulty*, Mary Mulligan*, Rhona Brankin*, Rhoda Grant*, George Foulkes*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Christine Grahame*, Mike Pringle*, Trish Godman*, Bashir Ahmad*, Keith Brown*, Rob Gibson*, Elaine Smith*, Murdo Fraser*, Liam McArthur*, Robin Harper*, Jackson Carlaw*, David Whitton*, Patricia Ferguson*, Michael McMahon*, Malcolm Chisholm*, David Stewart*, Peter Peacock*, Brian Adam*, Helen Eadie*, Ian McKee*, Kenneth Gibson*, Elaine Murray*, Ken Macintosh*, Bill Butler*, Karen Gillon*

*S3M-158 Keith Brown: Scotland’s Representation in the European Parliament—That the Parliament notes the current proposal from the Electoral Commission to reduce the number of Members of the European Parliament to be elected to represent Scotland at the 2009 European elections from seven to six; considers this to be a significant cut in Scotland’s representation in Europe’s legislative body, and considers that, as well as taking into account the size of the electorate, the Electoral Commission should also consider the devolution of responsibility for implementing EU legislation to Scotland’s institutions and should therefore recommend to the UK Government that Scotland continues to elect seven Members of the European Parliament.

Supported by: Bashir Ahmad*, Mike Pringle*, Bob Doris*, Bill Kidd*, Kenneth Gibson*, Joe FitzPatrick*, Stefan Tymkewycz*, Alex Neil*, Aileen Campbell*, Ian McKee*, Rob Gibson*

*S3M-157 Patricia Ferguson: Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland—That the Parliament notes the recent presentation of the Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland; congratulates all those artists and theatre groups who won awards, and particularly recognises the achievement of the National Theatre of Scotland in winning four out of 10 awards presented for its much acclaimed production, "Black Watch".

S3M-149*#* Jim Hume: Food in the Parliament—That the Parliament notes the high quality of food grown and produced in Scotland; notes the nutritional value of quality, local fresh produce and the environmental benefits of reducing transport costs; recognises the huge importance of food production to the rural economy in the south of Scotland and across Scotland; notes that it is vital for small producers to be encouraged to bid for public sector contracts; recognises the importance of effective marketing and branding in ensuring a sustainable future for Scottish producers; notes the success of Bord Bia, Ireland’s food board; considers that Scotland should have its own similar Scottish food and drink promotion and marketing board, and believes that a Scottish Food in the Parliament event, similar to the annual Business in the Parliament event, should be held in the Parliament to showcase Scottish produce and to improve the dialogue between all sections of the food industry and the Parliament.

Supported by: Kenneth Gibson*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Jim Tolson*, Ross Finnie*, Karen Gillon*, Mike Rumbles*, Christine Grahame*, Elaine Smith*, Mike Pringle*

Motions and amendments which have attracted additional support

S3M-155 Importance of Translated Material (lodged on 11 June 2007) Ian McKee*, Bob Doris*, Christine Grahame*, Rob Gibson*, Alex Neil*

S3M-153 Congratulations to National Theatre of Scotland’s "Black Watch" (lodged on 11 June 2007) Alex Johnstone*, Robin Harper*, Nanette Milne*, David McLetchie*, Jamie McGrigor*, John Lamont*, Mary Scanlon*, Elizabeth Smith*, Jackson Carlaw*, Bashir Ahmad*, Ian McKee*, Ted Brocklebank*, Mr Jamie Stone*, Keith Brown*, Hugh Henry*, Des McNulty*, Stefan Tymkewycz*, Bill Aitken*, Karen Gillon*

S3M-152# World Refugee Day 2007 (lodged on 11 June 2007) Bill Wilson*, Christine Grahame*, Robert Brown*, Ken Macintosh*, Iain Gray*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Elaine Murray*, Elaine Smith*, Trish Godman*, Patricia Ferguson*, Hugh Henry*, Robin Harper*

S3M-151# Action Plan for Glasgow Required (lodged on 11 June 2007) Kenneth Gibson*, Bashir Ahmad*, Gil Paterson*, Bob Doris*, Alex Neil*, Bill Kidd*, Christine Grahame*, Rob Gibson*

S3M-150 Dental School for Aberdeen (lodged on 11 June 2007) Michael Matheson*

S3M-147# National Diabetes Week, 10 to 16 June 2007 (lodged on 8 June 2007) Bill Wilson*, Ken Macintosh*, Hugh O’Donnell*, Kenneth Gibson*, Karen Gillon*, Mary Mulligan*, Trish Godman*, Hugh Henry*

S3M-146 2010 Review Conference of the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons Treaty (lodged on 8 June 2007) Dave Thompson*, Kenneth Gibson*, Bill Kidd*, Robin Harper*

S3M-143 Writing Off Housing Debt (lodged on 8 June 2007) Kenneth Gibson*, Alex Neil*

S3M-141 Healthy Meal Uptake in Falkirk Schools (lodged on 7 June 2007) Stuart McMillan*, Kenneth Gibson*

S3M-135 30 a Day (lodged on 6 June 2007) Stuart McMillan*, Margaret Mitchell*

S3M-133 National Society for Epilepsy (lodged on 6 June 2007) Hugh O’Donnell*, Kenneth Gibson*, Gil Paterson*, Bill Kidd*, Hugh Henry*

S3M-128 National Transplant Week (lodged on 6 June 2007) Stuart McMillan*

S3M-123 Peninsula 24 Seven (lodged on 5 June 2007) Ken Macintosh*, Jackson Carlaw*, Trish Godman*, Hugh Henry*

S3M-122 Cutty Sark (lodged on 5 June 2007) Jim Hume*, Iain Gray*, Mary Scanlon*, Kenneth Gibson*, Jackson Carlaw*, Elaine Smith*, Trish Godman*, Hugh Henry*

S3M-120 Dario Franchitti (lodged on 5 June 2007) Kenneth Gibson*, Hugh Henry*

S3M-115 Accurate Figures for the Scottish Electorate (lodged on 4 June 2007) Stuart McMillan*

S3M-112.1 European Marine Energy Centre - Stromness (lodged on 4 June 2007) Alasdair Allan*

S3M-111# Carers Week 11 to 17 June - Carers’ Rights Guide (lodged on 1 June 2007) Kenneth Gibson*, Hugh Henry*

S3M-110 Village Halls (lodged on 1 June 2007) Kenneth Gibson*

S3M-107 Antonine Centre (lodged on 31 May 2007) Hugh Henry*

S3M-106 Cumbernauld’s 50th Anniversary (lodged on 31 May 2007) Hugh Henry*

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